45% turnout in Delhi's Bawana bypoll

The channel however denied that it had carried out the survey

The channel however denied that it had carried out the survey

He added that it was "beyond any reasonable understanding" as to how the allotment of a "recognised party's office, which won 95% seats in the last Delhi Assembly polls, could have been cancelled without giving any reason".

It has always been proven that in the fight for political space between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the latter has misused every resource at its disposal.

The overall polling percentage for Delhi in Assembly elections in 2013 and 2015, was 65.63 % and 67.12 %, respectively.

Voting began at 8am and progressed smoothly except for a few complaints of glitches in voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines at some booths, poll officials said.

The bypoll was necessitated after AAP legislator Ved Prakash quit the party and resigned from the Delhi Assembly to join the BJP in March, ahead of the municipal corporation elections.

A lesser number of voters turned out in the rural areas of the constituency till afternoon as most had gone to work.

The counting of votes will be held on August 28 and the results would have a bearing on the confidence of AAP.

Mr. Ashutosh said that when four of their MPs were elected in Punjab, they were automatically given an office. The VVPAT carries the paper trail left by a voter after he or she has exercised their franchise.

Prakash is now contesting the election on a BJP ticket, while the AAP has shown its faith in Ram Chandra - a popular Poorvanchali face - with the hope that he would be able to mobilise the migrants from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is the BJP candidate from Panaji Assembly constituency. The Congress has fielded its former three-time MLA from Bawana, Surender Kumar.

All three major parties are eyeing a victory in the bypoll, being seen as a barometer of their political influence.

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