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When 33-year-old Rajwati approached a public school for her son Mohan's admission, she was turned away after being told "ek jhuggi ka baccha humare school ka mahaul kharab kar dega". She could have resigned to her fate. But when Mohan got admission in a public school helped by Parivartan, an NGO run by Arvind Kejriwal, the CM candidate for AAP, that feeling changed. She no longer felt being poor was a sin and, on Wednesday, was one among the 1,124,84 voters who contributed to the highest voter turnout in Delhi.
For residents of Seemapuri and Gokulpur, predominantly consisting of migrants living in what are mostly unauthorised colonies, this election was an opportunity to vote for change.
"I dropped out of school in Class VI and my husband is illiterate. After I got married, I came to Seemapuri. But here, there was no one to voice our problems. There was no water or electricity. My children were denied admission in a public school only because we are poor. But AAP has helped both my children get admission under the EWS quota, something which was our right. Kejriwal had done all this when he was not in politics. So now when they have a political party, our voices will be heard," Rajwati, a native of Jalesar in Uttar Pradesh, said.
In 2008, Seemapuri recorded a 62.37 per cent voter turnout while Gokulpur recorded 61.63 per cent. This year, the corresponding figures are 71. 38 per cent and 71.16 per cent.
Rashid Mohammad (43), a daily-wage worker who migrated from Aligarh 15 years ago to Gokulpur, said, "Everyday, we saw young boys with caps campaigning door to door in our neighbourhood. Every election, the Congress, BJP and the BSP would come to us offering money and liquor only because they thought they could buy our votes since we are poor. We have BPL cards but we are often denied our share. But the AAP has promised us change. Kejriwal has been working here at Sunder Nagri for over 13 years. Our children are going to school and we now know our rights."
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