Narela is one of the 70 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in the National Captial Territory of Delhi (NCT-Delhi) and is located in the North Delhi district. It is amongst the 10 constituents that form the North West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Currently, the seat is being represented by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Sharad Kumar Chauhan, who defeated BJP candidate Neel Daman Khatri in the Assembly Elections of 2015 by a margin of 40,000 votes.
Narela became a Vidhan Sabha constituency in 1993 while advance of this it remained a Delhi Metropolitan Council segment, with the East Delhi constituency. From 1993-2008, Narela was a part of the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. However, post the delimitation of 2008, Narela became segment within the North West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.
Narela was developed as the third mega sub-city projects of the DDA after Rohini Sub City and Dwarka Sub City. Most of the localities within the Narela constituency are rural thus making it one of the most adversely Jat dominated assembly seats. However, the Narela Industrial Area and the Anaj Mandi makes this seat very vital from the business and commercial point of view. Out of the total voting population of 2,41,032, 1,34,149 are males, 17 are third gender and 1,13,118 are females, thereby having a sex ratio of 812, below the state’s ratio of 824.
Since its establishment as a Legislative Assembly constituency, both INC and BJP have ruled Narela for two times each. BJP won this seat first in 1993 and then again in 2013, with Inderaaj Singh and Neel Daman Khatri as its candidate in 1993 and 2013 respectively. Moreover, INC won this seat for two consecutive terms in 1998 and 2003, with Charan Singh Kandera as their nominee.
In Delhi Assembly Elections 2015, AAP candidate Sharad Kumar emerged victorious gaining 59.97% votes and defeating BJP’s former MLA Neel Daman Khatri and INC’s Praveen Kumar Bhugra, who got 34.84% and 2.9% votes respectively.
AAP has fielded their sitting MLA Sharad Kumar from this constituency. Kumar was earlier with Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) and was also elected as a councillor from MCD, Ward 4, Bakhtawarpur. He switched sides just before the 2015 Assembly Elections. Besides, BJP has pitted their former MLA Neel Daman Khatri in front of AAP’s Sharad Kumar from this seat. This will be their second face-off as the two leaders went against each other in 2015 Assembly Elections as well, where Kumar got the upper hand. The fight for this seat is primarily going to be between the two parties and going by the mood of the city, Kumar is going to be re-elected. Meanwhile, Congress, hopeful of a much-needed revival in the state, has given the ticket from this seat to Siddharth Kundu.
Narela will be going to polls on the 8th of February, 2020, much as the rest of the capital city. The results of the same will be announced on 11th February.