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MCD elections: At Dalit locality, a better life is just across the road

The candidates came to campaign with dhols, said a 28-year-old mother sitting outside a primary school in Ladpur village near Kanjhawala in northwest Delhi after casting her vote in Sunday’s civic polls. "But they turned back after looking at the stagnant sewage water." She has become an expert at taking videos on her cellphone of her children wading through sewage. "The park across the gali where I live is filled with stagnant water and there are mosquitoes night and day," she told The Indian Express.

Some confusion, machine malfunction

Sunday’s MCD polls saw a fair share of glitches – from faulty EVMs to names being absent from voters’ list. At the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya (SKV) at Timarpur, many people said they were turned away due to the lack of voting slips despite them having voter I-cards. "They are sending me back and forth and I don’t even know why," said Rahisha Begum.

Defence Colony, Kotla Mubarakpur: 2 sides of same poll

It was a tale of two neighbourhoods separated by much more than the road dividing them. On Sunday, even as barred gates and empty streets spelled out voter apathy at Defence Colony, adjacent Kotla Mubarakpur saw voters queuing up on roads littered with trash, complaining of age-old issues – lack of water, sanitation and unauthorised construction.