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63 lose deposits as Congress bastions erode

The party’s vote share was reduced to a mere 9.7 per cent of the votes, with AAP almost completely usurping their vote bank.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi |
February 11, 2015 3:06:07 am

The Congress has been completely annihilated in Delhi. Of the 70 candidates who contested elections, 63 lost their deposit while only 4 managed to finished second. The party’s vote share was reduced to a mere 9.7 per cent of the votes, with AAP almost completely usurping their vote bank.

After being reduced to 8 seats in 2013, the party had lost a vast chunk of their support from the Muslim and minority communities to the AAP by the time the Lok Sabha polls took place. “In Delhi, the people — particularly the minorities — didn’t want to vote for the BJP. At the same time, we could simply not prove to them that we were a serious competitor who could take on the might of the BJP,” said Haroon Yusuf, former power minister.

After the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, an internal report revealed that the party’s vote share had reduced significantly in the eight remaining Assembly segments that they still had. In particular, it confirmed that AAP was making in roads into the party’s traditional vote bank — Dalits, Muslims and residents of JJ clusters. But despite the report, party leaders said that little was done to combat AAP’s aggressive tactics. The results showed in the 2015 Assembly elections, with only four Congress candidates managing to finish second in the elections.

In almost all seats, which had traditionally been Congress bastions – the vote share for the party has reduced significantly alongside a parallel meteoric increase in AAP’s vote share.

In New Delhi for instance, where former CM Sheila Dikshit was unchallenged until 2013, the vote share for the Congress has gone down from 52.2% in 2008 to a mere 5.3% in 2015. While AAP’s vote share in 2015 was an incredible 64.34%. In Seelampur, a Muslim stronghold, the Congress vote went down from 46.52% in 2013 to 26.31% in 2015, while AAP’s rose from 12.99% to 51%. Similarly, in Sultanpur Majra AAP’s vote share rose from 28.74% in 2013, to 55.7%.  Parallelly, the Congress’s vote share went down from 29.79% in 2013 to 13.01% in 2015.

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