Delhi voted in a single-phase on Saturday to elect a new government for the state assembly. Delhi election voting began at 8 am across all 70 constituencies. The television channels aired exit polls after the voting ended, which predicted a clear victory for the Aam Aadmi Party with a comfortable margin over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress. The Election Commission had announced the Delhi Assembly Election date on January 6, following which the model code of conduct was put in place. Over 1.46 crore people are eligible to vote in the 2020 Delhi polls. The current term of the Delhi Assembly ends on February 22. There are a total of 1,46,92,136 voters -- 80,55,686 men, 66,35,635 women and 815 belonging to the third gender -- in the final voters' list of Delhi Election. To see the full list of candidates from all parties contesting the 2020 Delhi Assembly election, please click here. Whether or not you are from Delhi, you can leave your comment and see what others have to say in this interactive map.
Here are the Highlights on voting day of the Delhi Assembly election 2020:
The three minority-dominated seats of Mustafabad, Matia Mahal and Seelampur recorded the highest voter turnout in the Assembly elections here on Saturday, polls officials said.
According to the data shared by the officials, Mustafabad in northeast Delhi recorded 66.29 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm.
Matia Mahal in old Delhi, the area that saw anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests, recorded a voter turnout of 65.62 per cent.
Seelampur, another minority seat in northeast Delhi, recorded 64.92 per cent voting. The seat had also seen anti-CAA protests in December.
Till 5 pm, the national capital recorded a voter turnout of 57.87 per cent.
3 minority-dominated seats witness highest voter turnout in Delhi.
Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is set for a hat-trick in Delhi with around 52 seats, predicted NDTV's poll of exit polls on Saturday after voting in the capital. An aggregate of seven exit polls also said the BJP will win 17 of Delhi's 70 seats and the Congress, just one. Health warning - exit polls often get it wrong.
57.06% (provisional figure) voting has taken place in Delhi. The voting is still on at many places as the people who entered the queue before 6 pm.
Voting has concluded in Delhi for 70 Assembly seats. The final voter turnout will be released soon by the Election Commission of India.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday hit back at Union Minister Smriti Irani, who accused him of misogyny over a tweet in which he urged women to come out in large numbers for the assembly election and discuss with men who should get the vote."
As of 2 pm, the voter turnout was recorded at 27.9 per cent, a huge 14 per cent drop since 2015.
A low voter turnout could be a cause of worry for the Aam Aadmi Party, whose 2015 landslide victory was based significantly on a high voter turnout.
#ElectionsWithNDTV | "Nice feeling to take part in the democratic process... Everyone should have access to public transport and it should be subsidised for students": Rehan Vadra, son of Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra, after voting in #DelhiElections2020- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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Delhi is voting for the 70-member assembly seats today. Over 1.47 crore people are eligible to cast their vote in the polls that will decide the fate of 672 candidates. Delhi is witnessing a triangular contest between AAP, BJP And Congress
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener, who is contesting for a third term from the New Delhi Assembly constituency, said he is hopeful that the people of Delhi will vote based on the work done by his government.
"Voted along with my family, including my first-time voter son. Urge all young voters to come out to vote. Your participation strengthens democracy," Mr Kejriwal tweeted, sharing photo of his family members after casting vote.
Mr Kejriwal's son, Pulkit, said he felt good about voting, news agency PTI reported. Asked if his father will be Chief Minister again, Pulkit said, cautiously, that "whoever people choose will become the chief minister of Delhi".
In the 2015 assembly polls, the AAP won 54.3 per cent of the vote share as it went on to win 67 seats, while the BJP got 32 per cent and the Congress managed just 9.6 per cent.
The turnout of women could be the make-or-break factor in deciding which party wins these elections. In the 2015 polls, in the top 20 constituencies with the highest turnout of women, AAP won much more decisively than in the constituencies which had the lowest turnout of women. In the seats with a high turnout of women voters, the AAP's margin of victory was 5 per cent higher than in the seats where women's turnout was low.
#ElectionsWithNDTV | Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Robert Vadra and their son Rehan Vadra, who is a first-time voter, cast their vote in Lodhi Estate. (ANI) #DelhiElections2020#DelhiAssemblyElections- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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#ElectionsWithNDTV | "I request everyone to come out and vote": BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari to NDTV.#DelhiElections2020#DelhiAssemblyElections- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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"Definitely go and vote. A special appeal to all women, just as you take up the responsibility of the home, the responsibility of the nation and Delhi is with you. All of you women must go to vote and take the men in your families along with you. Discuss with men who it is who it right to vote for," Mr Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi minutes before 8 am when the polling began.
It was the "discuss with men" advice that Ms Irani, the Minister of Women and Child Development, objected to. While supporters of Mr Kejriwal said that Chief Minister was appealing women to encourage men to vote for his party, the BJP leader alleged that the tweet had a misogynistic slant.
"Do you not consider women capable enough to decide for themselves who to vote for?" Ms Irani said in Hindi with a hashtag "#AntiWomenKejriwal".
Around 1.47 crore people in the national capital have the choice on Saturday to elect a new government in what appears to be a close contest between a Mr Kejriwal's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The election comes at a time when the country and Delhi have been rocked by weeks-long protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), perceived as discriminatory towards Muslims.
The BJP has sought to mobilise popular sentiment against the protests, at the heart of which is an indefinite sit-in led by women in South East Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, banking on its support base.
For the AAP, the outcome of the election hinges on the turnout of women. In the 2015 polls, in the top 20 constituencies in Delhi with the highest turnout of women, the AAP won much more decisively than in the seats which had the lowest turnout of women.
The surge had helped the AAP scoop up an astonishing 67 of 70 seats in 2015 while the BJP won just three. Since then, the AAP has conceded one seat to the BJP in a by-poll and lost six lawmakers who joined other parties.
Votes for the Delhi assembly election will be counted on Tuesday.
A fight between Congress and Aam Aadmi Party workers broke out outside a polling booth in north Delhi's Majnu Ka Tilla today after the Congress's Alka Lamba tried to slap an AAP worker.
In a mobile video, a man who reportedly belongs to the party led by Arvind Kejriwal is heard shouting at Ms Lamba, who suddenly lunges with her right hand raised high to slap him. The man moves back and Ms Lamba misses her target.
Within seconds, the man is escorted away by a ring of policemen. However, Congress workers chase and surround the policemen. Ms Lamba and some Congress workers are seen trying frantically to reach the man, who is still shielded by the policemen.
Ms Lamba, a former MLA of the Aam Aadmi Party or AAP from Chandni Chowk, fell out from the party after disagreements with Mr Kejriwal on party matters accumulated to a point that they had to go separate ways.
She joined the Congress in October last year. Ms Lamba worked with the Congress for 20 years before she quit the party and joined the AAP. She won the Delhi election in 2015 from Chandni Chowk.
On September 19, Ms Lamba was disqualified from the Delhi assembly by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel for defection.
Over 1.47 crore voters face the choice of re-electing the AAP or replacing it with the BJP or the Congress. The polling marks the end of a bitter face-off that saw exceptionally coarse language and communally-charged attacks.
Tight security arrangements are in place across the national capital with extra vigil in south-east Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, where a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act is going on, and other sensitive areas.
The Congress, which ruled Delhi for 15 years before being decimated by the AAP, has led a relatively lacklustre campaign. The party's top leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have barely campaigned for its candidates.
In the 2015 assembly polls, the AAP had won 54.3 per cent of the vote, while the BJP got 32 per cent and the Congress managed just 9.6 per cent. While the AAP won 67 seats in 2015, since then the party has conceded one seat to the BJP in a bypoll and six of its lawmakers have been disqualified over joining other parties.
The results of the Delhi election will be out on Tuesday.
#ElectionsWithNDTV | Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora cast his vote at Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi assembly constituency.- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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#WATCH Delhi: Scuffle breaks out between AAP and Congress workers near Majnu ka Teela, Congress candidate Alka Lamba tries to slap an AAP worker. AAP leader Sanjay Singh has said the party will complain to Election Commission. #DelhiElections2020 (note: abusive language) pic.twitter.com/l5VriLUTkF- ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2020
#ElectionsWithNDTV | Bollywood actor Tapsee Pannu casts her vote along with her family. #DelhiElections2020#DelhiAssemblyElections- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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#ElectionsWithNDTV | Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi cast her vote at Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi assembly constituency. She was accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.#DelhiElections2020#DelhiAssemblyElections- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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#ElectionsWithNDTV | Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Singh cast their votes at Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi assembly constituency. (ANI) #DelhiElections2020#DelhiAssemblyElections- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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Watch | "Definitely go and vote. A special appeal to all women - just as the responsibility of the household, the responsibility of the nation and Delhi is with you": Arvind Kejriwal- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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#ElectionWithNDTV | Delhi Police assists senior citizens cast their vote.- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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#ElectionsWithNDTV | Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Patparganj Assembly constituency, Manish Sisodia and his wife Seema Sisodia cast their vote.- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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#ElectionsWithNDTV | Voting underway in Delhi, visuals from a polling booth in MCD primary school in Shakarpur. A bridegroom also cast his vote with his family.- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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To ensure peaceful and fair polling in all 70 assembly constituencies, sa many as 190 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been deployed. Besides this, 19,000 Home Guards and 42,000 Delhi Police personnel have also been deployed. In addition to this the Election Commission has also set up CCTV cameras at polling stations.
#DelhiElections2020 | 3.02% voter turnout recorded till 9 am in the state.- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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#ElectionsWithNDTV | Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, along with his family, voted at a polling booth in Civil Lines.- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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#ElectionsWithNDTV | Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Rajinder Nagar, Raghav Chadha casts his vote at a polling station in Rajinder Nagar.- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
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Voting began at 8 am today for the assembly election in Delhi as over 1.47 crore voters face the choice of re-electing an AAP government or replacing it with the BJP or Congress. Tight security arrangements are in place, with extra vigil in south-east Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, where a protest against CAA is going on for nearly two months."
In the 1993 Assembly election, out of the total 59 women in the fray, Congress gave eight females, the highest from a political party. The BJP, on the other hand, named only four females for the fight. While two from the Congress were elected, one from BJP made up to the House. In the 1998 Assembly election, again, the Congress fielded double the number of females in the poll battle when compared to the BJP. While the BJP named five females, the grand old party had 10 female candidates to offer out of the total 57 females in the fray.
In the next Assembly election in 2003, while the Congress has named 12 women candidates, the BJP had only six women in the fray out of the total 78 females contestants. This time, seven Congress women candidates were elected to the House. The data about the females fielded by each party was not available for the 2008 Assembly elections. However, there were a total of 81 females in the fray, with three from Congress being elected to the House.
In the 2013 Assembly elections, not just the Congress and BJP but the Aam Aadmi Party was also in the fight. While the Congress and AAP fielded six females each, the BJP named only five females. However, there were three females elected to the Assembly and all were from the AAP. The 2015 Assembly election was an exception as the BJP had fielded most females among the political parties. The BJP had eight females, while the AAP fielded six and the Congress named only five. All six from the AAP made it to the House, while none from Congress and BJP were elected. There were a total of 66 female contestants.
In 2020, the Congress has again taken a lead in fielding the most females in the fray, followed by AAP. There are a total of 79 females in the fight. Among the big names from the Congress are former MLAs Krishna Tirath and Alka Lamba. Aam Aadmi Party has fielded its failed Lok Sabha candidate Atishi, along with Rakhi Birla and Bandana Kumari aiming for hat-trick in the Assembly.
#ElectionsWithNDTV | Congress candidate from the Chandni Chowk assembly constituency, Alka Lamba casts her vote at Tagore Garden Extension. She is up against Prahlad Singh Sahni of Aam Aadmi Party and BJP's Suman Gupta.- NDTV (@ndtv) February 8, 2020
There are 13,571 polling stations at 2,688 locations across Delhi. Out of these 3,141 are categorised as critical polling stations and 144 have been labelled vulnerable polling stations. For the 2020 assembly election in Delhi, there are 2,04,830 voters above the age of 80, while 147 voters are above the age of 100. The oldest voter in Delhi, Kalitara Mandal, is 110 years old. He is a resident of Greater Kailash.
Delhi: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan along with his mother arrive at Ratan Devi Public School in Krishna Nagar to cast their votes; BJP's Anil Goel and Congress's Ashok Walia contesting from here against AAP's sitting MLA and candidate SK Bagga pic.twitter.com/TUfhc4oMJ7- ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2020
A queue of voters at a polling booth in Shaheen Public School in Shaheen Bagh, Okhla. AAP's Amanatullah is the sitting MLA and 2020 candidate of the party, he is up against Congress's Parvez Hashmi and BJP's Brahm Singh Bidhuri. #DelhiElections2020pic.twitter.com/4hB60BtqGd- ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2020
Delhi: External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has cast his vote at the polling station set up at NDMC School of Science & Humanities Education at Tuglak Cresent. He says, "it is basic duty of every citizen to vote. It is important to get out there and contribute." pic.twitter.com/y8quQkTS8L- ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2020
Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ram Madhav arrives at a polling station in Jhandewalan area, in Karol Bagh assembly constituency. AAP has fielded its sitting MLA Vishesh Ravi from here. BJP's Yogendra Chandolia & Congress' Gaurav Dhanak are contesting from here. pic.twitter.com/MVQ7fzE7rt- ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2020
दिल्ली को स्वच्छ हवा, स्वच्छ पीने का पानी और हर गरीब को अपना घर देकर इसे विश्व की सबसे अच्छी राजधानी सिर्फ एक दूरदर्शी सोच व मजबूत इरादों वाली सरकार ही बना सकती है।- Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 8, 2020
मैं दिल्ली की जनता से अपील करता हूँ कि झूठ और वोटबैंक की राजनीति से दिल्ली को मुक्त करने के लिए मतदान अवश्य करें।
दिल्ली के सभी मतदाताओं से अपील करता हूँ कि अधिक से अधिक संख्या में मतदान कर लोकतंत्र के महापर्व में भागीदार बने।- Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) February 8, 2020
देश की एकता, अखंडता और दिल्ली के सम्पूर्ण विकास के लिए आपका एक-एक वोट महत्वपूर्ण है। आपका वोट ही आपकी दिल्ली का सुनहरा भविष्य लिखेगा।
"पहले मतदान, फिर जलपान"
दिल्ली विधानसभा चुनाव के लिए आज मतदान का दिन है। सभी मतदाताओं से मेरी अपील है कि वे अधिक से अधिक संख्या में लोकतंत्र के इस महोत्सव में भाग लें और वोटिंग का नया रिकॉर्ड बनाएं।- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 8, 2020
Urging the people of Delhi, especially my young friends, to vote in record numbers.
नमस्कार दिल्ली।- Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) February 8, 2020
आज मतदान है।
बदलाव के लिए वोट करें।
विकास की गति देने वाली एवं जनहित को समर्पित सरकार चुनने के लिए वोट करें।
वोट देना आपका सबसे अमूल्य अधिकार है। स्वयं वोट दें और अपने मित्रों, सगे-संबंधियों को भी वोट देने के लिए प्रोत्साहित करें।
वोट डालने ज़रूर जाइये- Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 8, 2020
सभी महिलाओं से ख़ास अपील - जैसे आप घर की ज़िम्मेदारी उठाती हैं, वैसे ही मुल्क और दिल्ली की ज़िम्मेदारी भी आपके कंधों पर है। आप सभी महिलायें वोट डालने ज़रूर जायें और अपने घर के पुरुषों को भी ले जायें। पुरुषों से चर्चा ज़रूर करें कि किसे वोट देना सही रहेगा
Delhi: Voters start arriving at a polling station in Jhandewalan area, in Karol Bagh assembly constituency. AAP has fielded its sitting MLA Vishesh Ravi from here. BJP's Yogendra Chandolia & Congress' Gaurav Dhanak are contesting from here. Voting begins at 8 AM. #DelhiElectionspic.twitter.com/Np04OiU8BE- ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2020
Delhi: Visuals from Polling Station 80 at Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi assembly constituency. CM & sitting MLA from the constituency, Arvind Kejriwal is contesting from here. BJP has fielded Sunil Yadav & Congress has fielded Romesh Sabharwal from here. #DelhiElections2020pic.twitter.com/B16o9tnFsp- ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2020
#WATCH Delhi: Metro services started at 4:00 AM today, in order to facilitate the polling personnel and others to reach their destinations on time. Trains will run with a frequency of 30 minutes till 6:00 AM and normal services will resume thereafter. #DelhiElections2020pic.twitter.com/0OvKrXAetp- ANI (@ANI) February 7, 2020