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Delhi Election Results 2020 Highlights: AAP emerges victorious, opposition hails it as defeat of ‘hate politics’

Delhi Assembly Election Result 2020 Highlights: The AAP's stupendous victory comes nearly eight months after it suffered a severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls in which the party drew a blank while the BJP won all the seven seats.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 12, 2020 10:52:51 am
'O Delhi people, you've amazed us all, I love you!' — Kejriwal thanks voters Arvind Kejriwal, along with his family, addresses party workers at Aam Aadmi Party headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Express Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Delhi Election Results 2020 Highlights: The Arvind Kejriwal-led- Aam Aadmi Party won a stupendous victory yet again in the Delhi polls winning 62 of 70 assembly seats.  Party chief Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said that the people of Delhi have given rise to a new kind of politics. “It is the victory of every family in Delhi who chose me as their son.” “Dilli walo, ghazab kar diya aaap logon ne. (Delhi, you did wonders) Delhi, I love you!” he said.

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The AAP’s stupendous victory comes nearly eight months after it suffered a severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls in which the party drew a blank while the BJP won all the seven seats. Among the AAP heavyweights who won the elections after a nail-bitter included Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Raghav Chaddha and Atishi. Delhi cabinet ministers Gopal Rai, Satyender Jain also were among prominent winners.

BJP, whose campaign was focussed on Shaheen Bagh and protests against the new citizenship law, has made gains in the capital. Up from 2015’s 3 seats, the party won in 8 seats this time.  The Congress, meanwhile, stands decimated, failing to win for the second consecutive time even a seat.

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09:34 (IST)12 Feb 2020
Delhi election results: How Prashant Kishor's I-PAC left its imprint in AAP's win

After the Lok Sabha polls, as AAP reeled under a crushing defeat, a small team of researchers and volunteers from political consultancy firm Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) quietly got to work, “gathering data and surveying the mood”. A formal announcement came December 14, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeting: “Happy to share that I-PAC is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard.”

“Ground work started around June (2019). We did work with the Congress during the Punjab Assembly polls, but since AAP was the principal challenger, we were in touch with them as well… We always had that mutual understanding, which later took a more formal shape. It’s not about whether they approached us or we approached them,” Rishi Raj Singh, director and co-founder of I-PAC, said. Read more

09:32 (IST)12 Feb 2020
Firebrand or popular face: BJP’s Delhi overhaul could see change in leadership

The Delhi BJP is likely to see fresh faces in its organisational set-up when it goes for its next election assignment — the 2022 MCD polls, where it will be facing 15 years of anti-incumbency. Senior party leaders said that since Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari’s tenure had ended and he was on an extension, the party could think of fresh names.

The party’s next line of leaders who could hold a chance at becoming the state president are MPs Parvesh Sahib Singh and Gautam Gambhir, former MP Maheish Girri, and senior leader Ashish Sood. Read more

09:32 (IST)12 Feb 2020
Delhi polls: In 8 seats BJP won, 2 go to incumbents, Congress had little role to play

As Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept the Delhi Assembly polls, eight candidates fielded by the party failed to find favour with people. The eight constituencies where the AAP lost to BJP are Ghonda, Karawal Nagar, Rohtas Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Vishwas Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Rohini and Badarpur. Of these, the BJP won in Vishwas Nagar and Rohini in the 2015 Assembly polls too.

Voting patterns show that the Congress had little role to play in the outcome, except in one seat where the dip in AAP’s vote share was inversely proportional to the Congress vote share.

09:30 (IST)12 Feb 2020
Delhi polls: Once with Congress, minority seats now firmly behind AAP

The five minority-dominated constituencies of Matia Mahal, Ballimaran, Mustafabad, Okhla and Seelampur, once considered Congress strongholds, have seen solid consolidation of votes behind AAP. Even in 2015, when the party did not win a single seat, Congress had managed to come second on two seats. However, this time, it finished third, with vote share in single digits, except in Seelampur. Read more

09:29 (IST)12 Feb 2020
In Okhla, Amanatullah says voters gave Amit Shah a shock

The AAP recorded a significant victory margin in Okhla, a constituency which includes Jamia Millia Islamia and Shaheen Bagh — the epicentre of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Stepping out of the counting centre at Maharani Bagh in the evening, Khan told The Indian Express: “This is a win for the public. They trusted us. They voted for the work we did. The BJP tried to fight the elections on communal lines and make Shaheen Bagh an issue, but it didn’t work. People voted for development. This is a win for the people of Delhi. They have shocked Amit Shah with ‘current’ from their votes.”

09:28 (IST)12 Feb 2020
Delhi election results: 19 first-timers headed to Assembly

Nineteen first-time legislators are on their way to the Delhi Assembly, including former councillors, spouses of former MLAs and former Lok Sabha aspirants.

Of BJP’s eight entrants into the Delhi Legislative Assembly, two — Ajay Mahawar (Ghonda) and Abhay Verma (Laxmi Nagar) — are first-time MLAs. However, both are senior hands in the party’s Delhi state unit. While Mahawar is the party’s district president from North East Delhi, Verma is the state BJP vice-president.

The 17 first-time MLAs from AAP, however, present a diverse set of profiles. Among them are three — Atishi (Kalkaji), Raghav Chadha (Rajinder Nagar) and Dilip Pandey (Timarpur) — who had contested unsuccessfully for the party in last year’s Lok Sabha election. While Atishi and Pandey trailed behind both BJP and Congress in the parliamentary election, Chadha had come in second then, behind BJP. Read more

09:26 (IST)12 Feb 2020
What does Shaheen Bagh has to say on the Delhi election results?

Much was said and heard about Shaheen Bagh during the Delhi Assembly election campaign. On results day, Shaheen Bagh has chosen its own way to give out its message — silence.

The protesters chose to stage a silent protest on the counting day, saying that they do not endorse any party. “You can shoot, click pictures. But the protesters won’t speak to you today. Words can be twisted. This protest is not about opposing or supporting any one political party. We don’t want anyone to get the wrong message today. We won’t allow either the victors or the losers to manipulate us,” a protester said. Read more

07:06 (IST)12 Feb 2020
Delhi election results: ‘Terrorist’ jibe, ‘goli maaro’ slogan, BJP motormouths muted after results come in

On counting day, two of BJP’s most vocal leaders, who had been penalised by the Election Commission — Model Town candidate Kapil Mishra and West Delhi MP Parvesh Sahib Singh — found themselves with little to say. While Mishra lost to AAP’s Akhilesh Pati Tripathi by over 10,000 votes, in Singh’s Lok Sabha constituency, the BJP lost all 10 seats.

After a campaign that saw jibes at anti-CAA protesters in Shaheen Bagh and other provocative statements, on Tuesday, both Bagga and Mishra were far more muted

07:05 (IST)12 Feb 2020
Delhi election results: With zero seats, under 5% vote share, Congress clueless in ideas battle

The Congress’s abysmal showing in the Delhi Assembly elections did not come as a surprise to many in the party but the slide in its vote share — leading it to conclude that it could have lost both Hindu as well as Muslim votes — is forcing the central leadership to think how to navigate the minefield of the ideological issues the BJP pushes and the emergence of parties like AAP which take a nuanced centre-right position.

The other challenge for the Congress is that in states where there are strong regional parties, it is increasingly ceding the anti-BJP space to them. And where regional parties are in power, the BJP is squeezing the Congress out.

07:03 (IST)12 Feb 2020
Explained | Diminishing returns in states for BJP’s hard ideological push

The BJP, which had secured majority in 65 of the 70 Assembly seats in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi nine months ago, was optimistic that the Centre’s decision to clear regularisation of unauthorised colonies in the national capital — a move that could benefit 40-50 lakh people — could be the “game changer” it needed to take on AAP.

But when the BJP campaign, led by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, began three weeks ago, the focus soon shifted from unauthorised colonies and Central schemes such as Ayushman Bharat to the anti-CAA protests with the attack focused on Shaheen Bagh where women have been sitting on an agitation for almost two months. Read more

07:00 (IST)12 Feb 2020
Delhi polls results: AAP landslide after BJP’s goli maaro call, Shaheen Bagh current

Overcoming a high-octane divisive BJP campaign right in the middle of anti-CAA protests that rocked the Capital, Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party returned to power in Delhi Tuesday for a second five-year term at the head of another landslide.

The campaign itself was a study in contrast, with the AAP keeping the focus on showcasing its achievements over the past five years and the BJP raising the pitch on national issues such as the new citizenship law, Article 370 and the Ram temple.

As the campaign progressed, anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh became the focal point of the BJP attack, with top leaders accusing the AAP and Kejriwal of fuelling dissent and feeding protesters “biryani”. The AAP maintained distance on the issue, with the CM telling The Indian Express in an interview that “everyone has the right to protest but not to inconvenience other people. If you will block a road and cause pain to so many people, it will not be acceptable in any democracy, any society. Gandhiji would not have accepted this either”. Read more

06:55 (IST)12 Feb 2020
Delhi election results: What are the challenges ahead of AAP 2.0

The Aam Aadmi Party routed the BJP for the second successive time in Delhi’s Assembly elections on Tuesday. Many of AAP’s detractors, especially in the BJP, have repeatedly argued that it solely relies on offering fiscally-ruinous “freebies” to the voters and luring them to vote for AAP. Its supporters, on the other hand, argue that AAP’s policy choices — with stress on improving provisioning of public education and public healthcare — present a new model of governance, and point out that under AAP, Delhi has not only grown faster than the India average but also increased its share to the national GDP.

Where does the truth lie? Has the AAP government run its schemes by borrowing money from the market and increasing fiscal deficit? Or has it run one of the most fiscally-prudent governments in India? More importantly, is the AAP model sustainable? Read to know more

06:52 (IST)12 Feb 2020
Delhi election results | Victory sealed, AAP gets back to work: ‘Aap ne gazab kar diya’

The triumph of AAP, Arvind Kejriwal said Tuesday, was the beginning of a new model of politics. In a recent interview with The Indian Express, Kejriwal had said AAP’s victory would also give birth to a new ideology of “work” — a remarkably amorphous position to take in a country riven by social and political faultlines along religion, caste and language.

On Tuesday, the AAP office was a living testimony of that fluidity, which helps it draw in its fold people identifying with varying schools of thoughts, perhaps best reflected in Kejriwal’s speeches beginning and ending with Bharat Mata ki Jai, Inquilab Zindabad and Vande Mataram. And a message for Delhi: “Gazab kar diya aap logon ne.”

23:28 (IST)11 Feb 2020
AAP MLAs to meet at Kejriwal's residence on Wednesday to pick legislature party leader

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal has called a meeting of the party's newly elected MLAs at his residence on Wednesday, senior party leader Gopal Rai said. In the meeting scheduled at 11.30 am on Wednesday, the AAP's Leader of Legislature Party will be chosen by the MLAs, he told PTI on Tuesday. Another AAP leader said the party was considering two dates for the oath-taking ceremony of the chief minister – February 14 and February 16. Both in 2013 and 2015, Kejriwal had taken oath as chief minister on February 14.

22:28 (IST)11 Feb 2020
Delhi Election results declared: AAP wins landslide victory, BJP gains vote share

The AAP won a landslide victory on Tuesday in the high-stakes Delhi Assembly polls, leaving the main rival BJP way behind and decimating the Congress in a bitterly-fought contest.

22:06 (IST)11 Feb 2020
Delhi polls: Eight of nine women candidates fielded by AAP emerge victorious

Eight of the nine women candidates fielded by the AAP in the Delhi Assembly polls won, helping the party register a thumping election victory on Tuesday. The three prominent parties -- the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress -- had fielded a total of 24 women candidates, with the Congress accounting for a maximum of 10 of them.

21:08 (IST)11 Feb 2020
AAP wins all 12 seats reserved for SC candidates

The Aam Aadmi Party has emerged victorious on all the 12 seats reserved for SC candidates in the high-stakes Delhi Assembly polls, with the minimum victory margin being almost 12,000 votes. Rajendra Pal Gautam, who is social welfare minister in the outgoing government, retained the Seemapuri seat by a whopping margin of over 56,000 votes against Lok Janshakti Party's Sant Lal. The BJP fought this election in alliance with Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party.

20:39 (IST)11 Feb 2020
Delhi Elections 2020: Counting on in eight more seats

Counting on for eight more seats where AAP is leading in seven seats. The AAP held on to the nearly 54 per cent votes it had got in the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls, while the BJP bagged its second-best of 38.5 per cent votes in Assembly elections in Delhi and the Congress registered its worst-ever performance with its vote share slipping to four per cent.  

20:36 (IST)11 Feb 2020
Delhi Congress Chief Subhash Chopra tenders resignation

After the Congress failed to open its account for the second time in Delhi, its chief Subhash Chopra tendered his resignation. 

19:36 (IST)11 Feb 2020
AAP wins all 10 constituencies in West Delhi

In Delhi's West Delhi, AAP wins all 10 constituencies namely Dwarka, Madipur, Rajouri Garden, Hari Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Janakpuri, Vikaspuri, Uttam Nagar, Matiala and Najafgarh.

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The elections in Delhi were held on February 8. The voter turnout was recorded at 62.59 per cent. The AAP questioned the "delay" behind making the announcement — the turnout was declared only on Sunday evening. Delhi went to polls on February 8. Barring a few exit polls, all of them gave the AAP over 50 seats out of a total of 70. While the party had come to power with a majority of 67 in the Delhi House of 70 seats in the 2015 Assembly polls, most pollsters this time gave them more than 50 seats. The BJP is expected to improve on the tally of three seats it got the last time, but still, is likely to finish a distant second. With most exit polls predicting an absolute rout for Congress, the revival of the party, which failed to open its account in the 2015 Assembly elections, is unlikely this time too.

For AAP, the results will show if its gambit of seeking a mandate on its performance has paid off; for BJP, if Modi name, Hindutva agenda prove stronger than CAA anger. All the exit polls have predicted a comfortable win for Arvind Kejriwal's AAP.

The past month had seen two very different campaigns run by the AAP and BJP — with the former asking people to vote on the basis of its work, and the latter focusing its campaign around Shaheen Bagh, where protests against the new citizenship law have been on for almost two months now.

In its manifesto, AAP has chosen not to reiterate any of its older or incomplete promises. Instead, it has introduced two new points — a “Deshbhakti Curriculum” which CM Arvind Kejriwal had announced in August 2018 as a means to instill a sense of “duty” and “responsibility” towards the country, and introducing spoken English and soft skills for students who have graduated from any Delhi school in the past five years to increase their employability.

The BJP’s campaign had been dominated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s public meetings, in which he had alleged that AAP has not fulfilled its education promises or built a single new school or college.

The biggest promises that the party has made in the field of education are to increase the education budget by 10% each year, and to open 200 new schools and 10 new colleges. It has also promised introduce a “Sanskrit board” and Sanskrit learning in the Sanskrit medium.

The Congress manifesto claimed that under AAP, lakhs of students shifted from government to private schools. It also alleged “more publicity by the AAP government than actual improvement in school”.

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