From 28 to 67 seats, AAP wave surges by 139% in over a year
Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) achieved a landslide win in Delhi on Tuesday that led to a near total whitewash of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the city’s electoral map.delhi Updated: Feb 12, 2015 14:39 IST
Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) achieved a landslide win in Delhi on Tuesday that led to a near total whitewash of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the city’s electoral map.
The new political entrant AAP won a record 67 seats out of 70, far higher than what exit polls had predicted, while the Bharatiya Janata Party secured only three seats.
The strength of AAP’s blitzkrieg can be assessed by the fact that the number of seats won by the party increased by 139% in just over a year - when AAP had won 28 seats.
A deeper analysis of the victory margins of the winning candidates on Wednesday, however, show that successful Aam Aadmi Party candidates secured 21,485 more votes than the BJP winners, on an average.
The average victory margin of the 67 Aam Aadmi Party candidates, who won on Tuesday, was 28,670 votes whereas the BJP winning candidates secured a winning margin of 7,185 votes. A difference of more than 20,000 votes, which is quite high given this was an assembly election.
However, in 2013, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s winning candidates had fared better than AAP. Still, the three BJP winners managed to secure only 3,858 more votes on an average than AAP winning candidates.
The average victory margin of the 31 BJP candidates, who won in 2013, was 11,447 while it was 7,589 for the AAP winners.
AAP’s vote share of 54.3% in 2015 is also the best assembly election record in independent India’s election history.
Only Sikkim, which has 30 seats assembly, has the history of notching a better vote share in 2009 and 2014 assembly elections.
This goes on to show that the Aam Aadmi Party wave in 2013 has not only continued, but surged in two years.
The Aam Aadmi Party started preparing for the Delhi elections about a year back and decided not to contest in important state elections including Maharashtra and Haryana to focus its energy on the Delhi polls. The party saw several leaders quit and join the ranks of BJP and Congress ahead of the big battle in Delhi.