The two-time MP is facing a tough contest from BJP's Udit Raj, a Dalit leader who had switched to the saffron party recently, and Rakhi Birla of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Problems like choked drains, pot-holed roads, lack of adequate water supply and healthcare facilities are palpable in most areas of the constituency and residents say Tirath has not attended to their grievances.

Like other Congress candidates this time, she is facing anti-incumbency of not only the Centre but also the bitter aftertaste of Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government.

59-year-old Tirath, however, brushes aside such talks and expresses confidence that the voters will exercise their franchise in her favor yet again.

"You can see my work in papers also. Roads, hospitals, schools, parks, subways... all say it on their own. I have used all development funds. I gave nearly 300 computers in all government schools in my constituency," says Tirath, who defeated BJP's Meera Kanwaria in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls by a margin of 1.84 lakh votes.

Although urbanisation has increased in parts of the constituency in the past few years, it has not kept pace with civic infrastructure, residents said, adding public transport was in a shambles in many parts of the constituency.

The residents say that Tirath did not fulfill most of the promises she made during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

Listing out the problems, they say a large number of unauthorized colonies have mushroomed due to ‘slackness’ of authorities apart from illegal constructions.

Consisting of 10 assembly segments, this Lok Sabha seat, which came into existence in 2008 after delimitation exercise, is a mix of urban and rural-urban areas.

In the recent Delhi Assembly polls, the BJP won five seats that come under the constituency, followed by two each by AAP and Congress and one by an Independent.


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