The campaigning for the December 4 Delhi assembly elections ended on Monday evening with all major parties making last-minute attempts to woo voters.
A total of 1,19,36,582 voters will decide the fate of 810 candidates. There are over 4.05 lakh first-time voters and six NRIs have enrolled themselves in the voting list.
Besides the two major parties, the BJP and the Congress, the debutant AAP will also be contesting in all the 70 assembly seats. The BSP has pitched its candidates in 69 seats. The CPI and the CPI (M) will be contesting from 10 and three seats respectively. The NCP which is struggling to open its account in the Delhi political arena has nine candidates in the fray.
In the last lap of campaigning on Monday, chief ministerial candidates of the three major parties addressed more than five public meetings each. In the past fortnight, leaders of these political parties and their star campaigners have addressed around 300 public rallies across the national capital.
Both the Congress and the BJP have dismissed AAP as a serious contender though pre-poll surveys project considerable support for the party. While Congress harped on development it brought to the city, BJP accused it of pilling up miseries on the common man while promising to bring down the power tariff by 30 per cent besides setting up a commission to examine how food prices can be slashed.
Delhi’s chief election office said 64,000 Delhi Police personnel and 107 companies of central paramilitary forces (100 personnel per company) have been deployed to help conduct a free and fair election.