By Dayafter Bureau
Trouncing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at distant third, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has wrested Rajauri Garden seat that it lost to AAP’s Jarnail Singh in 2015. BJP’s Maninderjit Singh Sirsa won the Rajauri Garden seat by a margin of over 14,500 votes from its nearest Congress rival. The seat had fell vacant after AAP’s Jarnail Singh resigned from the constituency to contest the Punjab assembly poll from Lambi against Siromani Akali Dal chief Prakash Singh Badal.
Rajouri Garden is part of West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency which has nine other Assembly segments — Madipur, Tilak Nagar, Hari Nagar, Najafgarh, Janakpuri, Vikaspuri, Dwarka, Matiala and Uttam Nagar.
The current Rajouri Garden constituency came into existence in 2008, as part of the implementation of the recommendations of the Delimitation Commission of India constituted in 2002.
From 1993 to 2008, Rajouri Garden seat, which is a general seat had been a Congress bastion. Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken had been elected thrice as MLA from this seat. However, in the 2013 Assembly election, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa defeated Congress candidate A Dhanwati Chandela by 11,008 votes. But again in the 2015 election, Sirsa lost the seat to Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Jarnail Singh, who won by 10,036 votes.