In a near-repeat performance of 2015, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday retained power with a stunning victory, winning 62 of the 70 assembly seats and leaving the BJP with just eight seats.
The AAP had bagged 67 seats in 2015.
According to the final votes tally released by the Election Commission, the AAP won in 62 constituencies with a voting percentage of 53.57, while the BJP got eight seats with vote share of 38.51 per cent.
The Congress drew a blank for the second successive assembly elections in Delhi.
PM Modi congratulated Kejriwal for his party’s win and wished him “the very best” in fulfilling the aspirations of the people
“Congratulations to AAP and Shri Arvind Kejriwal ji for the victory in the Delhi assembly elections. Wishing them the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Delhi,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
Opposition leaders hailed AAP’S landslide win.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was among the first to congratulate Kejriwal, said the Delhi polls have proven that only development will work.
NCP supremo Sharad Pawar utilised the AAP’s sweeping win to stress that regional parties need to come together to keep the BJP out of power.
“The Delhi poll results indicate that ‘winds of change’ are blowing in the country. The results are not surprising to me,” Pawar told reporters in Pune.
Though BJP’s campaign focused on national security issues, the AAP mainly focused on its achievements in the fields of education, healthcare and infrastructure.
The AAP had registered a sensational victory in 2015 by winning 67 seats in a hurricane march.
“We have been saying since the beginning that the upcoming polls will be fought on the basis of work done by us” AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh told reporters.
Carrying blue and white balloons, buntings and giant cut-outs of their leader Arvind Kejriwal, AAP workers celebrated at the party’s headquarter in the national capital.
Grooving to the tunes of the party’s campaign song – ‘Lage Raho Kejriwal’ – and drumbeats, AAP workers and supporters hugged each other and offered ‘ladoos’ amid a surcharged atmosphere.
The Congress accepted defeat and vowed to rebuild and revive itself at the grassroots level in the city.
“People’s mandate is against us, we accept it. We have resolved to revive and rebuild the party,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference.
A total of 672 candidates, including 593 men and 79 women, were in the fray for the hotly contested elections.