On the 8th of February, approximately 1.47 crore voters would decide the fate of the political parties which are in the fray to win the Delhi Assembly elections. The major parties contesting the elections are the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP,) the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP.)
The voting began at 8:00 A.M.
On the day of elections, Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, took to Twitter and asked the women of Delhi to exercise their franchise and vote in large numbers.
Mr. Kejriwal said, “Definitely go and vote. A special appeal to all women, just as you take up the responsibility of the home, the responsibility of the nation and Delhi is with you. All of you women must go to vote and take the men in your families along with you. Discuss with men who it is right to vote for.”
Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi also urged the public to vote.
The Delhi Police arranged security at almost all the places across Delhi, especially Shaheen Bagh, which is being called a protest site due to the 24X7 protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 at the location. While the Delhi Police deployed 40,000 police personnel, 190 paramilitary personnel and 13,000 police personnel from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Karnataka were also on duty in Delhi.
Nearly 672 candidates are contesting the elections, out of which, 79 are women.
AAP Ministers, BJP leaders and other officials performed their franchise.
The voting for the 70 Assembly seats would continue till 5:00 P.M., on the 8th of February.
Stay tuned for further updates.