Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party is set for a resounding victory in the Delhi assembly elections to retain power for a third term. The party is looking at a landslide victory, likely to clinch 62 of the 70 Assembly seats.
The BJP is a distant second, likely to win 7 seats, increasing its tally by 4 seats when compared to the 2015 Assembly polls. The Congress has virtually been decimated yet again, for a second consecutive time. The party that ruled Delhi for three consecutive terms under Sheila Dikshit, has again failed to even win a single seat.
“I love you,” Kejriwal said in a brief address to joyous supporters and party workers at the AAP’s headquarters in the national capital.
“It is a victory of the people of Delhi who considered me their son… Lord Hanuman has blessed us. May god give us more strength to serve people of Delhi,” Kejriwal added.
Meanwhile, BJP’s Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari accepted poll defeat but highlighted the increase in party vote share in this election.
“Delhi must have given mandate after careful thinking. Our vote percentage has increased from 32 per cent to around 38 per cent. Delhi did not reject us and the increase (in vote share) is a good sign for us,” Tiwari told reporters.
So far, BJP has won the Gonda seat and is leading on six others, while the Congress stares at a blank, trailing in all the 66 seats it contested.
Rebel AAP leader Kapil Mishra, who had joined the saffron party, suffered a crushing defeat in the Model Town constituency at the hands of AAP’s Akhilesh Pati Tripathi.
Manish Sisodia, who was the deputy chief minister in the outgoing AAP-led dispensation and led its education reform efforts, defeated his BJP rival Ravinder Singh Negi by over 3,000 votes in a tight contest.
Raghav Chadha, who was fielded from the Rajinder Nagar constituency in place of the sitting AAP MLA, also defeated his BJP rival Sardar RP Singh.
Atishi, who was fielded from Kalkaji by AAP, has also registered victory after initially trailing from her seat. But, the BJP candidate for the seat, Dharambir Singh, alleged there was some issue with an EVM and requested for a recount, poll officials said.
Rajendra Pal Gautam, who held the portfolio of social welfare minister in the outgoing Delhi government, defeated BJP ally Lok Jan Shakti Party’s, Sant Lal.
AAP’s SK Bagga won from the Krishna Nagar constituency where he was pitted against BJP’s Anil Goyal.
The Tri Nagar and Shalimar Bagh seats also went to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Its Preeti Tomar won the Tri Nagar seat by 12,000 votes, while Bandana Kumari emerged victorious on the Shalimar Bagh seat by a margin of 800 votes.
AAP’s Kuldeep Kumar defeated Raj Kumar of the BJP from the Kondli seat.
Mukesh Kumar Ahlawat of the AAP defeated the BJP’s Ram Chander Chawriya from Sultanpur Majra, a reserved seat.
Mohinder Goyal of the AAP won the Rithala seat after defeating BJP’s Manish Chaudhary, while Jangpura seat was won by AAP’s Praveen Kumar who defeated BJP’s Impreet Singh Bakshi.
Ram Singh Netaji of the AAP won the Badarpur seat against Ramvir Singh Bidhuri of the BJP.
AAP’s Prakash Jarwal won the Deoli seat, defeating Arvind Kumar of the BJP, while the party’s candidate Naresh Balyan retained the Uttam Nagar seat after defeating BJP’s Krishan Gahlot.
In Shakur Basti, AAP’s senior leader Satyendar Jain won after defeating Dr SC Vats. Jain was trailing Vats in the initial trends.
Rajesh Gupta of the AAP emerged victorious from the Wazirpur seat while BJP’s Dr Mahender Nagpal stood second.
Seelampur, which witnessed violence during a protest against the new citizenship law, saw AAP’s Abdul Rehman emerging victorious against Kaushal Kumar Mishra of BJP. Rehman defeated his rival by a margin of 25,000 votes.
Surendra Kumar of the AAP defeated Ranjeet Singh of the BJP to win the Gokalpur seat. AAP’s Raghuvinder Shokeen won the Nangloi Jat seat against BJP’s Suman Lata while AAP’s Ajay Dutt won the Ambedkar Nagar seat after defeating BJP’s Khushiram Chunar.
BJP’s Ajay Mahawar won the Gonda seat by a margin of 27,000 votes, defeating AAP’s Shridutt Sharma.
The elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly were held on February 8.
(With inputs from PTI)