Aam Aadmi Party leader Amanatullah Khan (Photo Credit: IANS)
After trailing briefly in the Okhla constituency, Aam Aadmi Party’ Amanatullah Khan won the seat by a margin of 71,827 votes with a vote share of 66.03 per cent. He defeated BJP's Braham Singh who got 58,499. Shaheen Bagh, the venue of the ongoing protest against Citizenship Amendment Act and a part of the Okhla constituency, had witnessed a low turnout with 58.84 per cent voting.
The Okhla seat was with the Congress till 2015 when the Aam Aadmi Party’s Amanatullah wrested it after defeating veteran Asif Mohammad Khan.
Delhi Assembly elections in the national capital took place in the midst of massive protests in the city and elsewhere over the new citizenship law, an issue which was strongly raised by the BJP top leadership during the campaigning which often turned bitter and vitriolic.
The political opponents of the BJP accused the saffron party of carrying out a "divisive" campaign to polarise the voters by consistently highlighting the over 50-day demonstration by a group of women in Shaheen Bagh area.
Though BJP's campaign focused on national security issues, the AAP mainly focused on its achievements in the fields of education, healthcare and infrastructure.
Zubair Ahmed, a restuarant owner in Batla House said, "We are going to distribute free food today and on Friday to poor people in the honour of AAP's victory".
Sanjeeda Ahmed, another resident of the area said, "Okhla is seen as an industrial area. No one ever bothered to develop this area, but the AAP brought development of health, schools and roads here".