Delhi Assembly Election Results 2020: Arvind Kejriwal is set to return as chief minister.
The Aam Aadmi Party repeated its 2015 feat in Delhi as it reduced its closest rival - BJP- to single-digit seats in the 70-member assembly. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party is set to win 63 seats as counting of votes neared its end while the BJP -- which led a high-voltage campaign on anti-CAA protests and nationalism -- settled around seven seats after initial gains.
While Mr Kejriwal was comfortably placed in his New Delhi seat, party's number two leader, Manish Sisodia, had a tense day in a see-saw battle in his constituency. "Happy that people voted to make Arvind Kejriwal the chief minister for the third time with a massive victory," said Manish Sisodia. The Congress has failed to open an account yet again with all its heavyweights, including Alka Lamba and Arvinder Singh Lovely trailing.
Both AAP heavyweights Manish Sisodia and Atishi Marlena have won their respective seats after initial scare. The biggest AAP heavyweight trailing at the moment is Speaker Ram Niwas Goel.
During campaigning, the ruling AAP had sought to retain power on the work done in the field of education, health, and in providing cheap electricity and water, while the main opposition BJP conducted a massive campaign, roping in most of its 70 union ministers, 270 MPs and leaders and Chief Ministers from various states, to deliver it's campaign message on anti-CAA protests and nationalism.
Delhi election 2020 was held on Saturday, with 62.59 per cent of the city's voters coming out to exercise their democratic right. The voter turnout in the previous assembly election in 2015 stood at 67.5 per cent.
Here are the live updates on Delhi Assembly Election Results 2020
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"Befitting Reply": AAP's Raghav Chadha Hits Out At BJP Over Delhi Election Result 2020
Speaking to NDTV, AAP's Raghav Chadha today said the people of Delhi have given a "befitting reply" to the BJP. Here are the highlights of his remarks to BJP on Delhi election result.
- It was an election that we wanted to fight on issues that matter to the day to day lives of the people.
- A lot of attempts were made by our political adversaries to digress. Yet we stuck to our ground.
- People rejected the vulgarity that the BJP pursued.
- We did not get distracted, swayed away.
- I have never seen any election which is so hate-filled to the point where the CM with the biggest mandate in India's history is called a terrorist.
- The people of Delhi have given them a befitting reply and they have understood he is the Shravan Kumar, the elder son.
- We have got a mandate to serve to Delhi. All our energies will be focused on serving Delhi.
Delhi Congress Chief Subhash Chopra Quits Over Election Result
Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra resigns, takes moral responsibility for party's debacle in assembly polls.
Delhi Election 2020: Lalu Prasad Yadav's Congratulatoy Message For AAP
Delhi Elections 2020: Arvind Kejriwal's Reply Within Minutes Of PM's Tweet
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted a reply to PM Modi's congratulatory message.
Delhi Election Win: PM Modi Congratulates AAP After Landslide Win In Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a congratulatory message for Arvind Kejriwal's AAP after the party claimed a third consecutive win in Delhi.
Congress's Rahul Gandhi Congratulates Arvind Kejriwal For Delhi Election Win
Arvind Kejriwal visits Hanuman temple after spectacular win
Arvind Kejriwal visits Hanuman temple in central Delhi. The AAP leader had visited the famed temple near Connaught Place with his family ahead of the polls.
"I took the blessings of Lord Hanuman and prayed for the development of Delhi and its people. Hanuman-ji told me, you are doing good work. Keep serving people, leave the rewards to me. I am hopeful that the results will be in the favour of people of Delhi. And whatever the results are, I will come to get his blessings again," Mr Kejriwal told reporters.
We were zero earlier, are zero now, so it's a BJP defeat not ours: Congress leader
The BJP and not the Congress was defeated in Delhi as the Congress tally remained at zero like in 2015, Congress leader and Punjab cabinet minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
"We were zero earlier, and this time too we are zero. So it's not our defeat. It's a defeat for the BJP," he said, referring to the election trends which gave the Congress no seat in the Delhi assembly election.
The Congress had not won even a single seat in the 2015 Assembly polls too.
We never do politics of hatred, We believe in Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas: Manoj Tiwari
- I hope the Delhi government will live up to the expectations of the people.
- The BJP's vote share has increased considerably. From 32 per cent our vote share is almost 40 per cent.
- I thank all our party workers who have worked very hard. They must too be facing a difficult time right now like us.
- A new era of Delhi politics is beginning where there are only two parties.
- Congress has almost gone extinct.
- When you work very hard but don't get the result, it can get disappointing. But the BJP takes on adversity all the time.
- We never do politics of hatred, We believe in Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas
- A lot of things are said during the election according to the environment
- But we have never wanted nor will we ever want that for 60 days a road is blocked. We were against that yesterday and we will it tomorrow.
What Arvind Kejriwal's family said on party victory
Sunita Kejriwal, wife
Last time too there were similar results. In the beginning Congress was getting a few seats but then we took the lead.
He has worked hard for 5 years that's why people have voted for him. He has earned it.
Politics should be on issues, all parties should learn this by now.
Harshita Kejriwal, Daughter
There was a positivity among people regarding the work that AAP did.
People were rejecting the negativity of other parties.
They kept telling us, you don't need to campaign, we are with you.
We are very happy. All friends called me and congratulated.
Opposition has got their answer. Politics of religion won't work. Abuses won't work.
Schools, hospitals and work will get votes.
"Leaving aside electoral issues, one must work and fulfill promises. We must steer clear of the level of politics which was there (in Delhi). I congratulate Delhi for giving a decisive mandate fearlessly. I congratulate Arvind Kejriwal," says Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray
Election Results 2020: BJP's Kapil Mishra loses the Model Town seat to AAP's Akhilesh Pati Tripathi.
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In the end, AAP proved to be smarter. Kejriwal did not engage with Modi, attack him or get dented by the BJP's attempt to claim sole rights on nationalism. Will the BJP realize that its approach of hate has failed? Bengal and Bihar will establish what next."
A new kind of politics is taking form in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal
- I want to thank all people of Delhi from my heart that they have put their faith in their son for the third time.
- This win belongs to all people of Delhi, everyone who have considered me a son and gave us this massive win.
- This is a win for families that are getting 24 hour electricity.
- This is win for people who are getting inexpensive treatment in hospitals.
- People of Delhi have given birth to a new kind of politics, the politics of work.
Arvind Kejriwal addresses party workers after election win
"Janata maalik hai": Nitish Kumar's 3-word reaction on AAP's victory
Nitish Kumar, asked for a reaction to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s mega victory today in the Delhi election, only said three words and walked off, hands folded over his head -- "Janata maalik hai (the voters are king)". He was accosted by reporters after a function in memory of BJP icon Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, where he shared the stage with is deputy, the BJP's Sushil Kumar Modi.
Win of freebies over issues: BJP leader Anil Vij
Haryana Minister Anil Vij has termed the poll outcome as the victory of ''freebies over issues''. "In the Delhi election, the issues have lost. Freebies have won," Vij''s tweet, roughly translated in English from Hindi, reads.
His tweet comes as the trends, five hours after the counting process began, show the AAP leading on 57 seats as compared to BJP's lead on 13 seats.
Two crore people of Delhi have "shocked" Amit Shah: AAP's Amanatullah Khan
This victory belongs to the people. People have voted for work and development. They tried to spread a lot of hate. Hate has lost. Two crore people of Delhi have "shocked" Amit Shah
Hindu and Muslim brothers of Okhla have voted for me. You can understand the scale of their loss.
Delhi Election Results: Raghav Chadha wins from Rajinder Nagar
AAP's Raghav Chadha wins Rajinder Nagar by over 19,000 votes. He was contesting against BJP's RP Singh and Congress's Rocky Tuseed.
There is a wave of support for AAP across Delhi: Atishi
- I thank people of Delhi who gave me so much love. There is a wave of support for AAP across Delhi.
- A lot of work has happened in Kalkaji in education. That's why I was given this seat.
- Heartbeat getting faster is quite normal. But everyone knows the real votes come in the latter half. So I was confident.
- I am very happy that I got to work for the people.
- The work on electricity, health and education will continue. Transport and water will be major priorities.
- Fake videos don't work. Real work, works.
- The way we have served people of Delhi, will continue to do so.
Delhi Results: Manish Sisodia now leading by over 650 seats in Patparganj
Delhi Results: People of Delhi have given historic win to AAP, says Sanjay Singh
The people of Delhi have given a historic victory to the AAP in the assembly polls, said the party leader and MP Sanjay Singh.
"Under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal, the people of Delhi have given a historic win to the Aam Admi Party. The people have proved that Arvind Kejriwal is the son of every house in the national capital," said Singh.
Slamming the BJP, the leader said: "Even after the BJP used all its power and resources, the people chose Arvind Kejriwal. The Chief Minister has done everything in his power to work for the people of Delhi."
Election Results: BJP giving tough fight to AAP in east Delhi
BJP is giving a tough fight in east Delhi which includes Patparganj from where Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia is contesting. After nine rounds of counting, Mr Sisodia is trailing by over 1,200 votes.
Delhi Election Result: Hindu-Muslim votes were "polarised", says Alka Lamba as she concedes defeat
Votes between Hindus and Muslims were "completely polarised", said Congress party's Alka Lamba, as she trailed at Chandni Chowk assembly seat.
"I accept the result, but don't give up. Hindu-Muslim votes were completely polarised. The #Congress Party will now have to prepare for a new fight with new faces and a long struggle for the people of #Delhi. If you fight today, you will also win tomorrow," Ms Lamba tweeted in Hindi.
As per the Election Commission (EC) website, Ms Lamba is in third position with just 1,229 votes so far. AAP's Parlad Singh Sawhney is ahead with 23,281 votes followed by Suman Kumar Gupta of BJP.
Not a clean sweep for AAP: BJP spokesperson Priya Chaudhary
BJP Spokesperson Priya Chaudhary, despite AAP set to win about 58 of Delhi's 60 seats, says it is not a clean sweep for the Aam Aadmi Party and that the BJP made no mistake in campaigning for Delhi. To make her point, she says one needs to look at the increase in the vote share of the BJP.
We accept the message given by voters: Randeep Surjewala
The mandate is against Congress. We accept the mandate; and the message given by Delhiites.
Congress will have to strengthen itself, the resolve has only got stronger.
Congress leaders worked really hard. We thank the leaders for working hard.
As Opposition, we Congress leaders and workers will keep a watch on joblessness, economy, Delhi's development and Delhi's issues.
Congress leaders aren't upset, they are determined to start afresh.
Leads suggest AAP is winning. We wish (Arvind) Kejriwal the best.
Lt Governor dissolves Delhi Assembly: PTI
Lt Governor Anil Baijal has dissolved the Delhi Assembly, news agency PTI reported quoting an official. "Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday dissolved the Sixth Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi with effect from February 11," the official said, as counting of votes in the Assembly election is underway.
"A new order will be issued for the formation of the Seventh Legislative Assembly after the final results come," the official said.
Election Result: "It was a Kejriwal vs All election," says AAP's Sanjay Singh
"BJP put in all it's might to defeat us but Delhi has proven them that they voted on the basis of our work": Sanjay Singh, AAP Delhi chief.
Election Results 2020: Never seen a dirtier election than this, says AAP candidate
"This was the most comfortable election we had. People said, you are winning, go home. Two weeks before the elections, BJP brought in all resources they had. They started all kinds of abuse and threats. People stopped talking to them. I have not seen a dirtier election. Their (BJP) local worker was so furious, so angry. They said booths will see "goli" and "dande"," says AAP candidate Saurabh Bhardwaj.
AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj is leading from the Greater Kailash constituency by 1505 votes. He is up against Shikha Rai of the BJP and Sukhbir Singh Panwar of the Congress.
Delhi Elections: AAP workers wave 'jhadu', spray 'gulal' in celebration as the party is set for thumping victory in Delhi.
Delhi Elections: AAP leading in 56 seats, BJP in 14,Congress yet to open account Delhi Elections: Arvind Kejriwal set to return as chief minister
Arvind Kejriwal keeps a close eye on results at the Aam Aadmi Party headquarters. Mr Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party has strengthened its lead over the BJP as counting of votes progressed for the Delhi election. The Delhi-based party is now leading in 58 seats while its closest rival BJP -- which had been ahead in 20 seats -- is now leading in just 12 seats.
Delhi Elections: AAP's Manish Sisodia trailing from Patparganj constituency. BJP's Ravinder Singh Negi gains lead.
AAP leads Tughlakabad, Adarsh Nagar and Dwarka seats.
Not apologising" to poll body, says AAP on its voting machine tampering allegation
Even as Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) surged ahead of the BJP in early leads as the counting of votes for the Delhi assembly election, the party said it's good to be alert when it comes to the safety of voting machines. After the polling on Saturday, AAP cited videos to back their claim that efforts are being made to tamper with the Electronic Voting Machines from the assembly elections. On asked of the party will apologise to the Election Commission, AAP's Shalini Singh said, "We are not going to apologise. It is very good to be alert. All parties should follow suit. We were very vigilant."
"You can't call it a clean sweep. You can compare the results with 2015. See how much our vote share has grown," BJP leader Priya Chaudhary.
Delhi polls 2020: Celebrations at AAP office as trends show party poised for victory
With blue and white balloons, buntings and giant cutouts of their leader Arvind Kejriwal, AAP workers went into early celebration mode at their party headquarters as trends showed the party leading in 58 of 70 seats.
The drumbeats of victory sounded loud and clear as hundreds of party workers danced to the words "Lage raho Kejriwal" set to tune.
Delhi election 2020: Election trends at 12:07 pm
Delhi Elections: "We are again decimated in Delhi," says Congress's Sharmistha Mukherjee
Congress spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee has conceded that the party had again been decimated in the Delhi Assembly polls.
"We are again decimated in Delhi. Enough of introspection, time for action now. Inordinate delay in decision making at the top, lack of strategy and unity at state level, demotivated workers, no grassroots connect - all are factors. Being part of the system, I too take my share of responsibility," Ms Mukherjee tweeted.
Delhi election fight between ''giant and pygmy'': Congress leader
The Delhi Assembly election was a fight between "a giant and a pygmy" and the AAP is winning it despite the NDA government using all its might to wrest power in the national capital, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was qyoted as saying by news agency PTI.
"The common people have decided they will choose either BJP or AAP. It''s a vote for the development agenda. The entire government, along with all its entire machinery, had been deployed in Delhi to win this election. From PM to grassroots workers, it''s been a fight between a giant and a pygmy and the pygmy has won," he said.
Delhi Results: Election trends at 11:47 am
"We'll have to analyse the results. Probably, we have not been able to match what Arvind Kejriwal was able to deliver": RK Sinha, BJP MP
Election Results 2020: AAP leads Seelampur, BJP gains Bawana
Election Results: Arvind Kejriwal is leading in New Delhi seat
With 11,308 votes, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is comfortably placed in New Delhi seat. BJP's Sunil Kumar Yadav has polled in 4,909 votes. Romesh Sabharwal has got 949 in his name.
Delhi Election 2020: Know more about the key AAP leaders contesting Delhi Elections 2020: Alka Lamba trailing by over 12,000 votes from Chandni Chowk
Congress' Alka Lamba is trailing by over 12,000 votes from Chandni Chowk constituency. AAP's Parlad Singh Sawhney is leading in the seat.
Election Results: BJP candidate leading from Okhla
BJP candidate Braham Singh is leading from the Okhla assembly constituency, which has been witnessing large-scale protests against the new citizenship law.
Incumbent MLA Amanatullah Khan was trailing by 194 votes, according to the data shared by the Election Commission.
Election Results 2020: Kapil Mishra trailing in Model Town
AAP's Akhilesh Pati Tripathi maintains lead against BJP candidate Kapil Mishra from Model Town constituency.
Election Results: BJP's Braham Singh leading by 194 votes from Okhla constituency, AAP's Amanatullah Khan trailing
Delhi Results: Satyender Garg trailing in Shakur Basti
AAP's Atishi is giving a tough fight to BJP's Dharambir Singh in Kalkaji. Atishi is giving a tough fight to BJP's Dharambir Singh in Kalkaji. The AAP leader has polled in 11,416 votes, which is 11 short of the BJP candidate.
Atishi trailing by 11 seats in Kalkaji
Delhi Results: Ragav Chaddha, Satyender Jain leading in respective seats
Among the heavyweights leading in various constituencies are AAP's Rakhi Birla, Ragav Chaddha, Satyender Jain, and Kapil Misra who changed camp from AAP to the BJP.
Election Results 2020: Manish Sisodia ahead by 74 seats in Patparganj
AAP's Manish Sisodia has polled in 8,791 votes in Patparganj. Ravinder Singh Negi of the BJP is close second with 8,717 votes.
"Fact that we haven't been able to sort out our leadership issues now, it does demoralise the workers. We are letting the party down by not being decisive. There cannot be a better time for Congress to come back," says Congress leader Sanjay Jha.
Election Results 2020: Doing better than what exit polls predicted, says Delhi BJP chief
"BJP workers should not be disappointed as there are many rounds of counting left. We are much ahead of the exit polls. 27 seats have a difference of 700-1000 votes," he said.
AAP leads Sangam Vihar and Deoli seats. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party is also ahead in Rohini seat.
Delhi Election Results 2020: Congress stalwarts trailing in minority-dominated seats
Congress stalwarts are trailing in minority-dominated seats in the early trends.
Parvez Hashmi was trailing from Okhla where Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was ahead.
Arvinder Singh Lovely and Chaudhry Mateen Ahmed were also trailing from their Gandhinagar and Seelampur seats, respectively.
Election Results: AAP's Manish Sisodia is leading in Patparganj
Manish Sisodia, a journalist-turned-social activist and one of the most prominent faces, is seeking a second term from the seat.
Election Results: Arvind Kejriwal leading in New Delhi seat
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has won the seat twice in the past.
Election Results: Here is how key candidates from BJP are faring Election Results: "Arvind Kejriwal's Free Power Offer Before Polls Impacted The Poor": BJP MP
Arvind Kejriwal's announcement last year to not bill Delhi residents if they use no more than 200 units of electricity a month appears to have had an impact on the poor, BJP MP from Delhi, Ramesh Bidhuri, said as votes were counted for the Delhi election.
AAP was leading, racing ahead of the BJP in the first hour of counting.
"Arvind Kejriwal's decision two month before the election to give free electricity up to 200 units has had an impact on the poor. If BJP workers succeed in ensuring that the central government's schemes reach the ground, then the BJP's performance will be good," Mr Bhidhuri told NDTV.
"If they don't ensure the schemes reaching the ground, then the Kejriwal government that gives 200 units of free electricity will benefit," he added.
In August last year, Chief Minister Kejriwal had announced that people of Delhi will not be billed if they use no more than 200 units of electricity a month. It costs the government Rs 1,800 to Rs 2,000 crore annually on power subsidy, the Chief Minister had said.
Delhi Elections: BJP ahead in Krishna Naghar, Hari Nagar seats
Delhi Election Result: "Our Win Will Prove What Real Patriotism Is", Says AAP's Manish Sisodia
As Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) raced ahead of the BJP in the counting of votes for the Delhi election, his deputy Manish Sisodia said his party's victory would mean that "real nationalism is to work for the people".
AAP was leading in over 50 seats and the BJP in around 17 seats in the first hour of counting.
"Our victory will prove that real patriotism is that if you get the opportunity in politics, you must work for the people. Work on education, hospitals," Mr Sisodia said.
"Delhi will prove that if a government works sincerely, then it can win. We kept talking about schools and hospitals but the other side tried to vitiate the atmosphere and talk only Hindu-Muslim," the Deputy Chief Minister said, taking a swipe at the BJP.
AAP has accused the BJP of trying to polarize Delhi's voters by crafting the narrative of "anti-national" around protests against the citizenship law, especially at Shaheen Bagh.
Several BJP leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah, dedicated their campaign to attacks on those opposing the citizenship law, dubbing them as "traitors". AAP claimed that it would win entirely on its development work in the past five years.
Congress's Arvinder Singh Lovely trailing in Gandhi Nagar
Arvinder Singh Lovely is a Congress leader who had walked out of his party in 2017 to join the BJP. He returned to the Congress in February 2018. Mr Lovely has been associated with the Congress for over three decades. He contested in four elections to the Delhi assembly and won each one of them, and was a minister in Sheila Dikshit's government. Mr Lovely, who has been the Delhi Education Minister in the past, lost the fight for the East Delhi Lok Sabha seat in 2019 to the BJP's Gautam Gambhir. He served as the Delhi Congress chief until he was replaced by Ajay Maken when the party was decimated in the 2015 state polls after three terms in power. In the Delhi assembly polls, he fought from the Gandhi Nagar seat against the AAP's Naveen Choudhary.