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Delhi Election 2020 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: Over 57% voter turnout, bound to increase, says CEO

Delhi Assembly Election 2020 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: The Delhi Police has deployed at least 40,000 personnel, 19,000 home guards, and 190 companies of paramilitary forces across the national capital to ensure safe polling.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 8, 2020 10:15:55 pm
People wait in queues to cast their votes at Shaheen Public School polling station in the Shaheen Bagh area. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Delhi Election 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Nearly 57 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 6 pm Saturday as people of Delhi queued up to cast their votes for the Assembly election. The city recorded 14.75 per cent voter turnout in the first three hours of polling which began at 8 am. Voting officially concluded at 6 pm.

Read | Delhi elections exit poll results LIVE 

To ensure safe polling, the Delhi Police has deployed at least 40,000 personnel, 19,000 home guards, and 190 companies of paramilitary forces across Delhi. Apart from this, the Delhi Police have also set up checking drives and flying squads, along with patrolling on boats in the Yamuna. Special security arrangements have been made at the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest sites like Shaheen Bagh with the help of volunteers. On Friday, at least three SHOs of South East district were stationed at Shaheen Bagh, and the layers of barricades leading up to the site were guarded by the paramilitary force.

The winning formula for the elections seems to be the tried and tested issues of ‘bijli, sadak, paani‘ as promises like free electricity and clean water have found resonance in the manifestos of all the three major parties — BJP, Congress, and AAP.

Also Read | Delhi decides today: intense campaign over, now for the grand finale

Besides power and water, reducing air pollution is another issue that has found priority in the manifestos of all three parties.

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Voting in Delhi elections ends, exit polls predict AAP's return. Follow HIGHLIGHTS

21:01 (IST)08 Feb 2020
All exit polls will fail, BJP to form govt: Manoj Tiwari

Moments after exit polls predicted AAP's third term, Delhi's BJP chief Manoj Tiwari exuded confidence over his party forming the government. "All these exit polls will fail… BJP will form the government in Delhi by winning 48 seats… please do not look for excuses to blame EVMs," Tiwari said.

20:48 (IST)08 Feb 2020
After exit polls predictions, Delhi CM holds meeting on EVMs security

CM Arvind Kejriwal is holding a meeting at his residence on the security of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Prashant Kishor, Sanjay Singh and Gopal Rai are present in the meeting.

20:22 (IST)08 Feb 2020
BJP chief Nadda calls for meeting at 8.30 pm

After the exit polls were declared which predicted AAP returning to power, BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda called for a meeting at 8.30 pm at Pandit Pant Marg. BJP leaders including Vijay Goel, Prakash Javadekar, Hardeep Singh and Nityanand Rai will be present.

19:41 (IST)08 Feb 2020
What pollsters predict for AAP
Delhi elections exit poll results:  With elections to the 70-member Delhi Assembly coming to an end, exit poll results have predicted a return to power for the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Here's what pollsters are saying:

Total seats: 70
Majority mark: 36

-ABP News-C Voter: 49-63 seats

-Republic-Jan ki Baat: 48-61 seats

-Newsx: 53-57 seats

-Times Now: 44 seats

-TV-9 Bharatvarsh-Cicero: 54 seats

-India News- Neta: 53-57 seats

19:20 (IST)08 Feb 2020
Delhi Elections 2020 Voting Live: Over 57% voter turnout recorded, bound to increase as voting continues

The Election Commission informed that a total of 57.06 per cent voter turnout has been recorded. "It is bound to increase. many people are still in a queue. So final data will be different," Delhi's CEO said. 

18:37 (IST)08 Feb 2020
India Today Axis poll: AAP to sweep west Delhi
As per India Today Axis Poll, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party will bag 9-10 seats in west Delhi. 


West Delhi: 10 seats 

AAP: 9-10
BJP: 0-1
Cong: 0

18:36 (IST)08 Feb 2020
Exit polls: AAP leads the way, followed by BJP, NDTV poll of polls predicts

The NDTV poll of polls predicts AAP in the lead securing 48 seats, BJP with 22 and Congress with two seats. 

17:47 (IST)08 Feb 2020
Delhi election exit polls out after 6.30 pm

The exit polls predictions for the Delhi polls will be announced after 6.30 pm on Saturday. Counting of votes will take place on February 11. As per the Election Commission, conducting any exit poll and publishing or publicizing the result of exit poll by means of the print or electronic media or in any other manner is prohibited between 8 am and 6.30 pm.

17:41 (IST)08 Feb 2020
Delhi Elections 2020 Voting Live: Nearly 54% voter turnout recorded till 5.30 pm

The Elections Commission informed that a total of 53.99 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 5.30 pm. 

16:31 (IST)08 Feb 2020
Police, paramilitary personnel conduct flag marches in east, northeast Delhi

Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel conducted flag marches in sensitive areas in the northeast and east Delhi during polling on Saturday. Flag marches were conducted in Brij Puri, Kalyanpuri, Trilokpuri, Seemapuri, Khajuri Khass, Jaffrabad, Mustafabad, Krishna Nagar and Mayur Vihar in northeast Delhi, Shahdara and other east Delhi areas.

"The personnel, including senior officers, conducted flag marches in sensitive areas. They also conducted patrolling on motorcycles. PCR and quick response teams have also been deployed at sensitive areas" Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern Range) Alok Kumar said. (PTI)

15:39 (IST)08 Feb 2020
Women of family to run household: Kejriwal's reply to Irani

After BJP leader Smriti Irani retorted to Arvind Kejriwal's earlier tweet, stating, "Don't you consider women so capable that they could decide themselves who to vote for," the Delhi CM replied to her saying, "Women of the family have decided whom to vote on behalf of the family. After all, they have to run the household."

15:07 (IST)08 Feb 2020
Delhi Elections 2020 Voting Live: Ex-President Pranab Mukherjee casts vote

Former President Pranab Mukherjee casts his vote at a polling station at Kamraj lane in New Delhi.

(Source: ANI)

14:55 (IST)08 Feb 2020
Nearly 30% voter turnout recorded till 3 pm

The Elections Commission informed that a total of 29.31 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 3 pm. 

14:13 (IST)08 Feb 2020
Those shouting 'kagaz nahin dikhayenge' will be defeated in Delhi: RSS functionary

Taking a swipe at those protesting against CAA-NRC, senior RSS functionary Ram Lal on Saturday said those shouting "kagaz nahin dikhayenge" would be defeated in the Delhi assembly election as he appealed to people to show documents while voting. Talking to reporters after casting his vote at a polling booth in Nirman Bhawan, Lal asked voters to keep in mind who can make Delhi the best capital city in the world.

Hundreds of people, protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in many areas across the country, often raise the slogan of "kagaz nahi dikhayenge" (we will not show show documents. "My message to the voters is 'aaj apna kagaz jaroor lekar jayen. Kagaz jaroor dikhayen' (Today, take your document along with you and show your document)," Lal said. In Delhi, there will be a government which can coordinate with the Centre, Lal, who was in the BJP till last year, said. (PTI) 

"Today, mentality of not showing documents will be defeated and (those ready to) show documents will win," he said.

13:48 (IST)08 Feb 2020
26.36 per cent voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

The Elections Commission informed that a total of 26.36 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 1 pm. 

 

13:42 (IST)08 Feb 2020
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra casts vote with husband Robert Vadra son Raihan

A first-time voter Raihan Rajiv Vadra, son of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra tells ANI: 'It was a nice feeling to take part in the democratic process. Everyone should exercise their right to vote; I think everyone should have access to public transport and it should be subsidized for students.'

(Express photo by Anil Sharma) 

13:32 (IST)08 Feb 2020
How AAP dissidents see party’s performance and more

Indianexpress.com spoke to some of the former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members  — Yogendra Yadav, Ashutosh and Prashant Bhushan — to know how they looked at the Delhi elections and the performance of the party they were once part of. READ MORE

13:02 (IST)08 Feb 2020
BJP mocking me ever since I recited 'Hanuman Chalisa': Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday alleged that the BJP has been mocking him ever since he recited the 'Hanuman Chalisa' on a TV channel. Taking to Twitter after casting his vote for the Delhi assembly elections, Kejriwal sought to know what kind of politics the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is doing.'Ever since I have recited the 'Hanuman Chalisa' on a TV channel, the BJP is constantly mocking me. Yesterday, I went to a Hanuman Temple. 'Today, BJP leaders are saying that the temple has turned impure by his visit. What kind of politics is this? God belongs to all. God blesses everyone, including those in the BJP,' Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.

12:43 (IST)08 Feb 2020
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia casts his vote in East Delhi

Deputy Delhi Chief Minister Manish Sisodia casts his vote with wife in East Delhi on Saturday. (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)

12:38 (IST)08 Feb 2020
Festive atmosphere, enthusiastic voters, efficient conduct: Ashok Lavasa casts his vote

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa cast his vote Saturday. He tweeted his support for the efficient conduct with which voting was being organised in the national capital.

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Devoting significant space to criticising the Aam Aadmi Party’s education work, making big promises from free public education for girls up to the doctoral level to increasing the education budget by 10% every year — both the Congress and BJP have directly taken on AAP in the field of education.

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”.