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Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 dates: Polls to be held in single phase on February 8, results on February 11

Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 Dates, Schedule: In the 2015 elections, AAP recorded a massive win, bagging 67 of 70 seats, while BJP grabbed 3 seats. Congress failed to win a single seat.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 6, 2020 4:30:35 pm
Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 Dates: The election will be a face-off between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 Dates: Elections to the Delhi Assembly will be held in a single phase on February 8 and results will be declared on February 11. The term of the 70-member House ends on February 22, 2020. With the election date announcement, the model code of conduct comes into effect immediately. “Total electors in NCT of Delhi are 1,46,92,136. Polling to be held at 13,750 booths,” Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said. Read in Tamil

The election will be a face-off between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi, with BJP unlikely to project a chief ministerial face and go into the elections under the banner of PM Modi. “AAP will fight Delhi Assembly elections on basis of its work,” Kejriwal said after the announcement of poll schedule.

In the 2015 elections, AAP recorded a massive win, bagging 67 of 70 seats, while BJP grabbed 3 seats. Congress failed to win a single seat. While the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP garnered 54.3 per cent of the vote share, BJP’s share reduced by a one per cent from 2013 to 32.1 per cent.

The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is seeking re-election after recording a massive win in 2015. The party has roped in election strategist Prashant Kishor to boost its campaign. The party launched its campaign last month, with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia saying he was confident of success. The party also revealed its slogan – ‘Ache beete 5 saal, lage raho Kejriwal (Past 5 years have been good, keep going Kejriwal).

The stakes for both AAP and BJP are high. Delhi had been among the first defeats of the Narendra Modi-led BJP post the 2014 general elections. In the five years since the 2015 rout, AAP has kept the BJP on the toes, announcing a plethora of welfare schemes and keeping the focus on vikas. The BJP is entering this election buffeted by a series of poll losses in the past year — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand.

The AAP government has sought to fulfill poll promises and made a string of announcements like free-bus rides for women, no electricity charges of up to 200 units, free WiFi, free pilgrimage for senior citizens and waiver of development charges for new water and sewer connections. The Arvind Kejriwal regime also took several steps towards women’s safety, including installation of three lakh CCTV cameras and two lakh street lights across the city, deployment of 13,000 bus marshals.

The Citizenship Amendment Act, which saw widespread protests and violence in the national capital, will also be a major factor influencing the polls. At a rally on Sunday, BJP president Amit Shah asked party workers to reach out to Dalits, Sikhs, and refugees by holding door-to-door campaigns and tell them that “Modiji wants to give them citizenship but anti-Dalit Kejriwal and anti-Dalit Congress is opposing it”.

With ownership rights to residents of unauthorised colonies being the Delhi BJP’s main plank in the upcoming Assembly elections, the party has started putting up posters and banners of Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the 1,731 such colonies.

Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri handed over authorisation papers to the first 20 applicants of the Pradhan Mantri Unauthorised Colonies in Delhi Awas Adhikar Yojana (PM-UDAY) at Nirman Bhavan on Friday. 57,000 have registered to get ownership rights under the scheme.

Here are the Delhi election dates:

Notification of elections: January 14

Last day of nomination: January 21

Scrutiny of nominations: January 22

Last date of withdrawal: January 24

Date of elections: February 8

Counting date: February 11

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