Congress’s working president and three-time minister Haroon Yusuf is assured of wresting his pocket borough this time from Aam Aadmi Pary’s Imran Hussain. Mr Yusuf had received from the Muslim-dominated constituency — a Congress stronghold situated within the Walled Metropolis — 5 occasions between 1993 and 2013.
However in 2015, Ballimaran had dropped the native strongman and opted for Arvind Kejriwal’s occasion, which posted a report win with 67 of Delhi’s 70 seats.
Within the election, Mr Yusuf had posted a distant third, means behind the BJP’s Shyam Lal Morwal.
This time too, the competition for Ballimaran will probably be triangular. Imran Hussain – Meals and Civil Provides minister in Arvind Kejriwal’s cupboard – is defending his turf and Lata Sodhi is attempting to open the BJP’s account in Outdated Delhi.
The constituency has registered the very best turnout, 71.6 per cent, which standard electoral knowledge suggests, is a harbinger of change.
Mr Yusuf, 61, dealt with the transport and energy departments in Sheila Dikshit’s cupboard in 2003, when accidents involving the infamous Blueline buses had been at their peak. Over the next years, the Bluelines had been slowly phased out.
After the Congress returned victorious in 2008, Mr Yusuf was put answerable for the Industries and Meals and Civil provides portfolios.
In January 2019, Mr Yusuf took over because the working president of the Delhi Congress as his former boss Sheila Dikshit grew to become the state unit chief, to arrange the occasion for the final elections.
Within the elections held in April-Might, the occasion delivered one in every of its worst performances — in Delhi, all seven seats once more went to the BJP.
In July, Sheila Dikshit died. This time, below Mr Yusuf’s watch, the marketing campaign of the occasion — which additionally did not win a single seat in 2015 after three consecutive phrases in energy — has been lackluster.
There have been few star campaigners for Delhi – even Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have made few appearances. Most of those had been within the Outdated Delhi space, which has a bit of Muslim inhabitants. In addition to Ballimaran, the 2 different constituencies within the space are Chandni Chowk, from the place Alka Lamba is contesting and Matia Mahal, the place Javaid Ali is the occasion’s candidate.
Most exit polls have predicted that the Congress will draw a clean once more in Delhi. Haroon Yusuf has dismissed the prediction, saying the occasion has been underestimated by the exit polls.
Mr Yusuf started his political profession as an activist within the scholar wing of the Congress and moved onto the Youth Congress within the 1980s. In 1989, he was appointed as joint secretary of the Youth Congress.
The alumni of Zakir Husain School is married and has three sons.