Matia Mahal constituency: The seat will go for polls on February 8. Shoaib Iqbal, who had dominated the assembly constituency from 1993-2013 for various parties, will be contesting from an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket this time. AAP’s Asim Ahmed Khan had won the seat in 2015, however, defeating Iqbal, who had contested as a Congress candidate that year.

Prior to 2015, Sadar Bazar was dominated by Shoiab Iqbal for 20 years, having successfully won the previous Delhi state assembly elections on tickets from various parties. In 2013, Iqbal had won as a Janata Dal (United) candidate. Prior to that, he had also won the 2008 (from a Lok Janshakta Party ticket), the 2003 (from Janata Dal (Secular) ticket), the 1998 and the 1993 (from a Janata Dal ticket) Delhi state assembly elections.

In 2015, however, AAP’s Asim Ahmed Khan had won the assembly seat with 47,584 votes, defeating Congress’ Shoaib Iqbal (21,488 votes) and BJP’s Shakeel Anjum Dehalvi (9,105 votes) by a significant margin.

This year, Shoaib Iqbal will be contesting as an AAP candidate. Congress has given a ticket to Mirza Javed Ali. The BJP has fielded Ravinder Gupta.

On account of Matia Mahal being a Muslim-dominated constituency, the contest is likely to be between the AAP and the Congress. The BJP can still expect a win, however, if for some unforeseen reason there is a split in the Muslim votes.

Matia Mahal assembly constituency is a part of Central Delhi.

This constituency has 1,15,944 prospective voters, out of which 61,720 are male and 54,214 are female, and 10 are transgenders.

In the Delhi Assembly Elections 2020, AAP will be contesting from all 70 seats for the assembly polls while BJP will be contesting on 67 seats, with its ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) contesting on the remaining three seats.

On the other hand, Congress will fight on 66 seats and its ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will fight on the remaining 4 seats.

Polling will be held at 13,750 polling stations. According to the poll body chief, total electors in the final electoral roll of the NCT of Delhi as on January 6, 2020, are 1,46,92,136.

The polls for all the seats will be held on February 8, 2020, and the results will be declared on February 11, 2020.

It is to be noted that in 2015, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had a landmark victory after it secured 67 of the total 70 seats in the state legislature. The party is now eyeing a second consecutive term banking on freebies that it provided to Delhiites including free water, free electricity up to 200 units, free ride for women in DTC and cluster buses, among other measures.

Courtesy : DNA

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