NEW DELHI, May 21 -- It was a keenly watched contest here, as three-time chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit was pitted against sitting Bharatiya Janata Party member of Parliament and Bhojpuri actorsinger Manoj Tiwari and Aam Aadmi Party's Purvanchali leader Dilip Pandey.

Haji Ishaq Malik (87), a social worker and resident of Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, said that this time it was about choosing a party which "can be a better alternative to the BJP". "People are very happy with the work done by the AAP. But Dikshit's entry had changed the situation on ground, as she had done a lot of work during her tenure as Delhi's CM," he said.

The densely-populated constituency with 2.28 million electorate - the second highest in Delhi - has the highest pop...