Whether it is the sitting Congress MP Kapil Sibal or Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Harsh Vardhan or Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) nominee Ashutosh, all of them have set their eyes on making inroads in the crucial trader vote bank.

It is not a hidden secret anymore that the traders would play a significant role in deciding the fate of all these candidates from the Chandni Chowk constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

All the three major parties are, therefore, leaving no stone unturned in reaching out to the trader community in this parliamentary constituency.

The traders in this constituency, apart from the ones who have allegiance to any political party, are not yet ready to declare their support to any particular party or candidate.

They are still trying to figure out how several parties and their candidates react to one of the most blazing issues for them, which is FDI in retail. Apart from this, there are several other local issues on which they need a permanent solution.

Chandni Chowk main market, Chawri Bazaar, Ajmeri Gate, Sita Ram Bazar, Nai Sarak, Darya Ganj, Khari Baoli, Kinari Bazar are some of the prominent markets that come under the Chandni Chowk constituency.

All these markets have one thing in common i.e. the traders have a shop on the ground floor and their home on the upper floors.

Due to this peculiar set up, most of the houses and shops related issues for the traders are somewhat same and this is precisely why they always vote after a deep deliberation, taking every aspect into account.

More than 17 percent of the voters from this constituency are Vaishyas and that is why the Congress has fielded two-time MP Sibal, BJP has fielded their chief ministerial candidate in last year’s assembly election Harsh Vardhan and AAP has fielded journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh from this important constituency.

How these heavyweights would fare in the battle for Chandni Chowk certainly depends on the mood of the trader community here.


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