Zee Media Bureau/Biplob Ghosal
New Delhi: Counting of votes for Delhi`s seven Lok Sabha seats began on Friday. A total of 150 candidates from various political parties contested the polls.
Delhi is witnessing a tough fight between Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party leaders. All the three parties had fielded strong candidates from all the seven constituencies.
Intrerestingly, the AAP-led by Arvind Kejriwal had regsitered an emphatic performance in the 2012 Delhi Assembly polls held in December. The new politicakl outfit had won 28 seats in the 70-member Assembly.
All eyes are set on the Chandni Chowk constituency, where BJP leader Dr Harsh Vardhan, Congress leader Kapil Sibal, AAP leader Ashutosh have locked horns gainst each other.
Another high-profile New Delhi constituency is witnessing a high pitched battle between Congress general secretary and former Union minister Ajay Maken and BJP`s Meenakshi Lekhi and Ashish Khaitan from AAP.
The high-profile New Delhi constituency had witnessed a fierce battle between Congress General Secretary Ajay Maken and two first-time contenders -- BJP`s Meenakshi Lekhi and Ashish Khaitan from AAP.
For the North West Delhi Lok Sabha seat, BJP`s Udit Raj, Congress` Krishna Tirath and AAP`s Rakhi Bidlan are pitched against each other.
BJP candidate Ramesh Bidhuri was pitted against Devender Sehrawat from AAP and Congress` Ramesh Kumar in South Delhi.
North East Delhi seat is witnesing a fight between BJP leader and Bhojpuri singer Manoj Tiwari, AAP leader Anand Kumar and Congress leader JP Agarwal
Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit, who contested from the East Delhi constituency has already conceded defeat. He was pitted against BJP`s Mahesh Giri and AAP`s Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.
A total of 2,000 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been under guard since balloting took place April 10. An estimated 10,000 officials are be involved in the counting process.
The Election Commission has advised political parties to appoint mature people aged 18 years or more as counting agents.