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Cong assembly score: 68

The Congress party swept all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. And if the Lok Sabha election results are broken into assembly segments, the Congress won 68 out of 70 seats, reports Atul Mathur.

delhi Updated: May 17, 2009 23:57 IST
Atul Mathur

It could not have got bigger than this for the Congress.

The party swept all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. And if the Lok Sabha election results are broken into assembly segments, the Congress won 68 out of 70 seats.

In the 2008 assembly elections, the Congress had won 43 seats, the BJP 23, the BSP 2 and the LJP and INLD had won one seat each.

In this election, the BJP won in only two Assembly segments — Janakpuri and Tughalaqabad. The two BJP candidates contesting from South and West Delhi constituencies are MLAs from these two Assembly segments.

However, the total votes polled by the BJP in these two segments was much less than what it polled in the 2008 Assembly elections (see graphic).

Senior BJP leaders said the results suggested how strong the pro-Congress wave was in Delhi.

“In the 2008 assembly elections, we polled about 2.25 lakh votes lesser than the Congress. The difference in the number of votes has gone up to 12.58 lakh votes, almost six times the difference,” said a senior BJP leader requesting anonymity, fearing a backlash from the party.

In five of the seven parliamentary constituencies — East Delhi, Northeast Delhi, New Delhi, Chandni Chowk and West Delhi — the Congress won from all 10 Assembly segments.

In Tughalaqabad, from where the BJP’s South Delhi candidate Ramesh Bidhuri had won the Assembly poll, the party’s victory margin came down from last year’s 12,000 to 9,300 in the Lok Sabha polls. Bidhuri, a Gujjar, was banking on his community, which constitutes nine per cent of voters in South Delhi.

In Janakpuri, which sent the BJP’s West Delhi candidate Jagdish Mukhi to Delhi Assembly four times, the victory margin came down from 17,000 in 2008 elections to a mere 7,000 votes. Mukhi had never lost an election from Janakpuri in the last 30 years.

He agreed the party had not expected to fare so badly.

“It is a collective failure of municipal councillors as well as the MLAs who are in constant touch with the electorate,” he said.

Mukhi, however, added that reasons for the party’s defeat were more at the national level than local ones.