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 gained from the Muslim-dominated constituency — a Congress stronghold situated within the Walled City — 5 instances between 1993 and 2013.
But in 2015, Ballimaran had dropped the native strongman and opted for Arvind Kejriwal’s get together, which posted a document win with 67 of Delhi’s 70 seats.
In the election, Mr Yusuf had posted a distant third, manner behind the BJP’s Shyam Lal Morwal.
This time too, the competition for Ballimaran will likely be triangular. Imran Hussain – Food and Civil Supplies minister in Arvind Kejriwal’s cupboard – is defending his turf and Lata Sodhi is attempting to open the BJP’s account in Old 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 have been at their peak. Over the next years, the Bluelines have been slowly phased out.
After the Congress returned victorious in 2008, Mr Yusuf was put answerable for the Industries and Food 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 turned the state unit chief, to organize the get together for the overall elections.
In the elections held in April-May, the get together delivered certainly one 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 get together — which additionally didn’t 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 have been within the Old Delhi space, which has a piece of Muslim inhabitants. Besides 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 get together’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 get together 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 College is married and has three sons.