BJP increases vote share to over 38%, up from 32% in 2015 Assembly polls

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New Delhi: Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari with party leaders Shyam Jaju and Vijender Gupta addressing a press conference on MCD elections at party office in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo

File photo: Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari with party leaders Shyam Jaju and Vijender Gupta addressing a press conference on MCD elections at party office in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo

Despite the loss, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has crossed the vote share mark in Delhi Assembly election results. According to trends released by the Election Commission, the BJP has a vote share of over 38 per cent, and Aam Aadmi Party, AAP has garnered over 53 per cent vote share so far.

BJP, which won just three seats in the 2015 elections, is slated to improve its tally in the 70-member Assembly, and the party is most likely to touch double figures.

In the 2015 elections, AAP had come to power with a majority of 67 in the Delhi Assembly of 70 seats, garnering 54 per cent of the vote share. BJP polled 32 per cent votes in 2015 even though it surged to 56 per cent in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Congress got just 10 per cent of votes in 2015.

Early vote-counting trends for the Delhi Assembly polls showed that the three sitting BJP MLAs — Vijender Gupta, Om Prakash Sharma and Jagdish Pradhan — are leading in their respective constituencies.

According to the Election Commission (EC), Pradhan is leading by 29,780 votes from Mustafabad constituency, while the ruling Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Haji Yunus is trailing.

Gupta, who is also the Opposition Leader in the Delhi Assembly, is leading by over 2,000 votes from Rohini constituency.

In Vishwas Nagar, Sharma is leading by 8,770 votes.

Polling for the 70-member Delhi Assembly was held on Saturday.

According to the EC website, the AAP is leading in 56 seats, while the BJP is ahead in 14.

In the 2015 assembly elections, the BJP had won three seats against the AAP’s 67. The Congress had drawn a blank.

The BJP had campaigned aggressively for Delhi Assembly election, and banked on the image and policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Union Home Minister Amit Shah led the campaign charge for the party in Delhi, and addressed a number of rallies. He also conducted door-to-door campaigns.

The main election issue for BJP, which centred its campaign around nationalism, was the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA protest in south Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh.

(With inputs from PTI)