Monday, 24 February, 2020

Modi's BJP defeated in Delhi state election amid outcry against divisive laws

Delhi Chief Minister and leader of seven-year-old Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal waving to his supporters during celebrations at the party headquarters in New Delhi India yesterday Delhi election: Counting begins, AAP Ahead of BJP in over 50 seats
Robin Buchanan | 12 February, 2020, 00:28

In the 2013 assembly polls, Kejriwal challenged Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in her home turf of New Delhi and won by a margin of 25,000 votes. In Mustafabad, BJP candidate Jagdish Pradhan is ahead of AAP's Haji Yunus. The mandate for AAP is a mandate for Good Governance and the good work of Kejriwal in the Government Schools and Hospitals.

Congratulating all the workers who have worked for the party before the Delhi Assembly elections, he ended his speech with "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", "Vande Mataram" and "inquilab zindabad".

In view of the ongoing anti-CAA protests in Shaheen Bagh, the Delhi poll body had put all five polling stations in the area under the "critical" category. The Congress party, led by Sonia Gandhi, was unlikely to win any seats. Over 1.47 crore people were eligible to vote in the Delhi polls, including 2.33 lakh in the age group of 18-19.

Top AAP leader Manish Sisodia, who was trailing all morning, made a strong comeback in the afternoon and finally won by over 12,000 votes in his East Delhi constituency.


The victory also assumes significance as it came in the face of BJP's no holds barred attack against protesters opposing the Citizenship (Amendement) Act as "supporters of Pakistan" during the bitterly-fought campaign.

Congress' Arvinder Singh Lovely, who was the chief of Delhi Congress unit and a Cabinet minister in the Sheila Dikshit-led government, is way behind AAP's Naveen Chaudhary by almost 8,000 votes from Gandhi Nagar seat.

AAP is firmly set to win 62 seats out of Delhi's 70.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP had won 67 seats in the 70-member assembly in 2015 assembly elections, defying all expectations. "However, I will wait for the results before commenting further", he said.


Though BJP's campaign focused on national security issues, the AAP mainly focused on its achievements in the fields of education, healthcare and infrastructure.

Aam Admi Party is inching towards a Hattrick in Delhi Assembly Elections. The Aam Aadmi Party leader is pitted against Bharatiya Janata Party's Sunil Yadav and Congress' Romesh Sabharwal.

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari claimed that his party would win the election with precisely 48 seats and said other parties should not make the excuse of EVM tampering for their defeat.


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