- Shashi Tharoor says Delhi polls results disappointing for Congress, but ‘there are consolations’Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, saying that the Delhi Assembly election result had been less-than-perfect for the Congress — which failed to win even one seat, stated that it was a consolation that the BJP’s “divisive politics” had been “repudiated”.
Most prominent AAP leaders retain sets
AAP’s prominent faces Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain, Gopal Rai, Imran Hussain, Kailash Gahlot, and Rajendra Pal Gautam, retained the New Delhi, Patparganj, Shakur Basti, Babarpur, Ballimaran, Najafgarh, and Seemapuri constituencies respectively.
AAP’s Pawan Sharma also kept his Adarsh Nagar seat, defeating BJP’s Raj Kumar Bhatia by over 1,500 votes. Ambedkar Nagar, a reserved constituency, was retained by AAP’s Ajay Dutt by a margin of over 28,000 votes.
Chatarpur’s Kartar Singh Tanwar, Deoli’s Prakash Jarwal, Saurabh Bhardwaj from Greater Kailash, Nangloi’s Raghuvinder Shokeen and Mangolpuri’s Rakhi Birla also retained their seats.
44 sitting MLAs retain seats in Delhi Assembly
As many as 44 sitting MLAs including two from the BJP retained their seats in the high-stakes Delhi Assembly elections.
The two BJP MLAs — Vijender Gupta from Rohini and OP Sharma from Vishwas Nagar — retained their seats with comfortable margins of over 12,000 and over 16,000 votes respectively. Anil Kumar Bajpai, former AAP MLA from Gandhi Nagar, retained his seat not from AAP but BJP.
AAP wins 62 seats, BJP bags 8; counting concludes
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has won 62 seats while the BJP has won eight seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly. The counting of the votes has concluded.
Kejriwal to hold meeting with newly-elected MLAs tomorrow
ANI has reported that Arvind Kejriwal will hold a meeting with the newly elected party MLAs at his residence on Wednesday.
‘Politics of work’ overshadowed everything, says Kejriwal
News18 quoted Arvind Kejriwal as saying, “Kaam ki rajneeti bhari padi (The politics of work overshadowed everything). We will decide the swearing in date and inform everyone soon.”
Arvind Kejriwal receiving his winning certificate from the Returning Officer
BJP improves voteshare by 6.31% from 2015 polls
The BJP’s voteshare in the Delhi Assembly election showed an increase as of 9.15 pm on Tuesday, from 32.19 percent in 2015 to 38.5 percent as the results came in.The incumbent AAP won a landslide majority in the 2020 polls, with 58 seats in their kitty.
However, the increase did not materialise in sufficient number of seats to bring the party back to power after a gap of over two decades. The party managed to win eight seats, registering a slight increase from the three it had bagged in 2015.
Some BJP leaders believe the defeat was mainly contributed by the “hyper-nationalist pitch” of the poll campaign that focused on the anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh and also lack of any answer to Kejriwal government’s freebies including power and water supply and free rides to women in public transport buses.
My future role is party’s internal matter: Manoj Tiwari
After the BJP’s poor show in the Delhi Assembly polls, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Tuesday said his future role in the party is an internal matter. Tiwari, who led the Delhi BJP through its impressive victories in civic body polls in 2017 and Lok Sabha elections last year, failed to pass the test of fire as his party suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) managing to win just eight of the 70 Assembly seats.
On being asked if he considered stepping down after the BJP’s defeat in the assembly polls, he said, “It is an internal party matter. I will let you know if anything like that happens.”
AAP secures win in 55 seats, leading n 7
Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has secured a win in 55 seats of the 70-member Delhi Assembly and is leading in seven others, the Election Commission’s website said. While the party’s tally is likely to be 62, which is five less than its 2015 tally, it has already cemented a comfortable majority.
Subhash Chopra quits as Delhi Congress chief
Congress leader Subhash Chopra has tendered his resignation as the Delhi Congress chief on Tuesday evening after the party received a drubbing in the Delhi Assembly election.
The Congress drew a blank for the second time in a row and reduced its vote share from 9.7 percent in 2015 to 4.27 percent this time.
“I take moral responsibility for the party’s debacle and have resigned,” he told PTI. He said it is up to the party high command to take a decision on his resignation.
“I take the responsibility for the debacle of the party in Delhi Assembly Polls. I had less time, but still I put all my efforts. I have never seen such politics in Delhi ever, where voters got influenced by the advertisements done by AAP and voted for it,” he was quoted by ANI as saying.
People’s mandate is my best birthday gift: Sunita Kejriwal
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s wife Sunita who celebrated her birthday today said the Delhi election result, which showed a landslide victory for the AAP, was the best birthday gift.
She was quoted by The Indian Express as saying, “Delhi people have given me a gift, could not have asked for a better gift. There was anxiety, several ups and downs were going on. We trusted our work. Delhi has made ‘kaam’ (work) victorious. Fight politics positively.”