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Assembly election 2013: 'Bewakoof hain na', says upset Sheila Dikshit after losing Delhi
Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Updated: December 08, 2013 22:07 IST
Voters turned away from the Congress and to the newly-formed Aam Aadmi Party (AP), headed by Arvind Kejriwal, a former tax inspector and anti-corruption campaigner.
Ms Dikshit, 75, had sought a fourth straight term as chief minister. Her party was left with barely 10 of the city's 70 assembly seats; Ms Dikshit lost to Mr Kejriwal, 44, in her constituency of New Delhi.
Just days before, Ms Dikshit had denounced the AAP as "a group of broom-wielding men from Ghaziabad."
That proved to be a gross miscalculation.
The record 65.86 percent turnout in Delhi was driven considerably by an enthusiasm for the entry of a new party, analysts said, one that connected with voters through its promise to reboot politics to delete corruption and deliver accountability.
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In his first election, the 45-year-old activist turned politician defeated incumbent chief minister Sheila Dikshit in her on constituency by some 22,000 votes.
The former actor, with roles in nearly 150 films, has inked a partnership of his Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) with the BJP.