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Delhi Election Results 2020 Highlights| AAP returns to power in Delhi, party promises not to let down city

Delhi Election Results 2020 Highlights: The ruling Aam Aadmi Party has again returned to power in Delhi, having won 62 seats in the 70-member assembly. The BJP managed to win only eight seats.

By HT Correspondent | Feb 12, 2020 00:46 IST
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The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made a clean sweep in Delhi assembly election winning 62 seats in the 70-member House. The BJP was in second spot having won eight seats. The Congress, which drew a blank the last time, again failed to open its account.

Counting of votes for the February 8 polls was held on Tuesday at 21 centres across the city. The final voting percentage in the polls was 62.59%.

In Delhi’s 70-seat assembly, there are 58 general seats and 12 reserved seats.

Chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal retained his New Delhi seat. His deputy Manish Sisodia also won again from the Patparganj seat.

Several political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Kejriwal, who had in the run-up to the polls repositioned himself as a person focussing on the welfare of the people from being a person always at loggerheads with the authorities.

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10:54 pm IST

AAP celebrates victory with Kejriwal, Sisodia photo

The Aam Aadmi Party Twitter handle has posted a set of two photos of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Mansih Sisodia. The first photo is of the duo taken some years ago while the second one is the most recent one with them celebrating party victory in the Delhi Assembly election. The caption of the photo is “For many more years to come...”

10:48 pm IST

Subhash Chopra takes responsibility for Congress’ debacle in Delhi polls

Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra has taken responsibilty for the party’s debacle in the assembly election, Speaking to news agency ANI, Chopra said, “I take the responsibility for the debacle of the party in Delhi Assembly Polls. I had less time, but still I put all my efforts. I have never seen such politics in Delhi ever, where voters got influenced by the advertisements done by AAP and voted for it.”

10:06 pm IST

AAP wins Timarpur seat, takes final tally to 62

The last result in the Delhi Assembly election has gone in favour of the ruling AAP. The party has won the Timarpur seat, taking its final tally to 62 in the 70-member assembly. AAP’s Dilip Pandey defeated BJP’s Surinder Pal Singh (Bittoo) by 24144 votes.

10:01 pm IST

Arvind Kejriwal to hold meeting of party MLAs tomorrow

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal will hold a meeting with the newly elected party MLAs at his residence on Wednesday. The ruling party has made a clean sweep in the Delhi assembly election. The CM and his deputy Manish Sisodia have retained their seats - New Delhi and Patparganj - respectively.

9:37 pm IST

BJP wrests Badarpur from AAP in closely-fought election

BJP’s Ramvir Singh Bidhuri has won the Badarpur assembly seat. In a closely-fought election, he defeated AAP’s Ram Singh Netaji by 3719 votes. The saffron party has wrested this seat from the AAP which won it in 2015.

With this, BJP has won eight seats in the Delhi assembly election. It is a distant second to the ruling AAP which looks set to win 62 seats.

9:26 pm IST

Kejriwal receives his MLA certificate

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal received his MLA Certificate from the Returning Officer of the New Delhi constituency. The AAP convener retained his assembly seat, defeating BJP’s Sunil Kumar Yadav by 21,697 votes. Kejriwal had won from the New Delhi seat by 31, 583 votes in 2015.

AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal receives his MLA certificate, having won the New Delhi seat. ( AAP / Twitter )
9:13 pm IST

Kailash Gahlot retains Najafgarh, improves victory margin

Aam Aadmi Party candidate Kailash Gahlot has won from the Najafgarh constituency. The Delhi transport minister defeated Ajeet Singh Kharkhari of the BJP by 6,231 votes in one of the last few results to be declared in the Delhi assembly poll.

Gahlot has improved his victory margin this time, having won by just 1,555 votes in 2015.

8:56 pm IST

BJP wrests Rohtas Nagar from AAP

BJP’s Jitender Mahajan has defeated his nearest rival, Sarita Singh of AAP, to win the Rohtas Nagar seat. Mahajan won by 13, 241 votes. Singh was the sitting MLA in this east Delhi assembly constituency.

8:47 pm IST

AAP’s Dharampal Lakra, trailing initially, wins Mundka

AAP has retained the Mundka assembly seat. Party candidate Dharampal Lakra, who was trailing in initial rounds, won over BJP’s Azad Singh.

8:44 pm IST

AAP retains Matia Mahal seat, Shoiab Iqbal wins by over 50,000 votes

AAP’s Shoaib Iqbal wins from Matia Mahal assembly seat, defeating BJP’s Ravinder Gupta by 50, 241votes. Congress candidate Mirza Javed Ali was a distant third, having polled just 3,409 votes.

8:40 pm IST

‘Maashaa Allah’: Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj tweets on Delhi results

Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj tweets his thanks to Delhi on the assembly election victory.

8:37 pm IST

Subhash Chopra resigns as Delhi Cong chief

Subhash Chopra has tendered his resignation from the post of Delhi Congress chief, reports ANI. The party has failed to win any seat in these elections just like the 2015 polls.

8:34 pm IST

AAP’s Vinay Mishra wins from Dwarka, party tally goes up to 55

AAP retains Dwarka assembly seat, taking its tally to 55 seats. It is leading on seven other seats. Party candidate Vinay Mishra defeated Pardyuman Rajput of the BJP by 14, 387 votes. In the initial rounds of counting, Rajput was leading over Mishra. AAP’s Aadarsh Shastri had won Dwarka in 2015 by a much bigger margin of 39,366 votes.

8:28 pm IST

‘Won’t let you down’: AAP’s promise to Delhi

AAP has made a Promise Day promise to Delhi, saying ‘we won’t let you down’. In a tweet, the party thanked Dilli for electing it again.

8:13 pm IST

BJP bags Laxmi Nagar by just 880 votes

The BJP has won the Laxmi Nagar assembly seat by a narrow margin. Party candidate Abhay Verma defeated AAP’s Nitin Tyagi by just 880 votes. This is the seventh seat that the BJP has won in this election so far. It is leading in one more. Tyagi was the sitting MLA from this east Delhi seat.

8:09 pm IST

Girish Soni retains Madipur seat

AAP’s Girish Soni has retained his Madipur seat. He defeated Kailash Sankla of the BJP by 22, 719 votes. However, Soni’s victory margin this time has shrunk by around 7,000 votes. He had won from here in 2015 by 29, 387 votes. Congress’ Jai Prakash Panwar came in the third spot.

7:54 pm IST

‘People have rejected both BJP & Cong’: Ex-Haryana Cong chief Ashok Tanwar

Reacting to the AAP victory in Delhi assembly polls, former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar on Tuesday said people have rejected both the BJP and the Congress, and opted for a third alternative.

“Delhi assembly poll results have shown that people have rejected the main national parties, the BJP and the Congress. While people have seen policies of the BJP and are fed up with them, they are not seeing any hope in the Congress as an alternative. So, wherever a third credible alternative is available, people will now go for it,” Tanwar told reporters in Chandigarh, reports PTI.

7:51 pm IST

AAP retains Kondli, Kuldeep Kumar defeats BJP candidate

Kuldeep Kumar of AAP has won from the Kondli reserved constituency after trailing initially. He defeated BJP’s Raj Kumar by 17,907 votes. AAP’s Manoj Kumar had won this seat in 2015.

7:45 pm IST

AAP posts another meme as it continues its victory run

The Aam Aadmi Party continues to post witty tweets as the party continues with its victory run in the Delhi assembly polls. The latest in the series is a meme from the movie Spiderman - ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’

7:41 pm IST

AAP retains Karol Bagh seat

AAP’s Vishesh Ravi has won from the Karol Bagh seat. He had won from here in 2015 as well. Ravi defeated BJP’s Yogender Chandoliya by over 31,000 votes. Karol Bagh is a reserved constituency.

7:37 pm IST

AAP retains Delhi Cantt

Virender Singh Kadian of Aam Aadmi Party has won from the Delhi Cantt assembly seat, defeating Manish Singh of the BJP. Kadian’s winning margin is 10, 590 votes. AAP’s Surender Singh had won the seat in 2015.

7:28 pm IST

AAP retains Chandni Chowk seat, Congress’ Lamba a distant third

Aam Aadmi Party’s Parlad Singh Sawhney has won from the Chandni Chowk seat, defeating his nearest rival, BJP’s Suman Kumar Gupta by 29, 584 votes. The party has won this seat in 2015 also but Alka Lamba was the winning candidate for the party.

This time, though, Lamba contested from here on a  Congress ticket and was a distant third.

7:20 pm IST

‘That’s Janata Ka CM’: AAP tweets Kejriwal photo

AAP calls Arvind Kejriwal ‘Janata ka CM’. The party tweeted a photo of the Delhi chief minister in which he can be seen with folded hands, as results showed the AAP has retained power in the city.

7:07 pm IST

AAP turncoat Anil Kumar Bajpai wins from Gandhi Nagar

BJP’s Anil Kumar Bajpai has won from the Gandhi Nagar assembly seat. He defeated AAP’s Naveen Chaudhary by 6, 079 votes. Bajpai had won from this seat in 2015 but on an AAP ticket.

The BJP, though in the number two position in the Delhi polls, has so far won only six seats and is leading on two others.

7:02 pm IST

AAP’s Kartar Singh Tanwar wins Chhatarpur by narrow margin

Kartar Singh Tanwar retains Chhatarpur by a narrow margin. The AAP candidate defeated his nearest BJP rival 3, 720 votes.

6:59 pm IST

Delhi’s labour minister Gopal Rai retains Babarpur seat

Delhi’s labour minister and AAP candidate from Babarpur, Gopal Rai, has won. He defeated BJP’s Naresh Gaur by over 33,062 votes. Rai had won from this seat in 2015 election as well, albeit with a bigger margin of 35,271 votes.

6:53 pm IST

AAP’s Somnath Bharti retains Malviya Nagar, increases victory margin

AAP’s Somnath Bharti has retained the Malviya Nagar assembly seat, defeating BJP’s Shailender Singh by 18,144 votes. The AAP leader has increased his victory margin this time, having won in 2015 by 15,897 votes.

6:47 pm IST

‘Looking forward to working with Centre’: Kejriwal thanks PM Modi

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal is replying to the congratulatory messages pouring in on the party’s victory in the Delhi assembly election. He has taken to microblogging site Twitter to post his thank you messages.

Replying to PM Modi’s message, Kejriwal said he is ‘looking forward to working closing with the Centre to make our capital city into a world class city.’

6:42 pm IST

‘You richly deserve this win’: Ex-PM Deve Gowda congratulates Kejriwal

Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Tuesday congratulated Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over AAP’s “splendid third victory” in the assembly polls and said this win assures the rest of India yet again that “desperate acts of communal polarisation has limited currency”, reports PTI.

“You richly deserved this win. It is also a remarkably good sign in Indian politics that your focus on development has paid off immensely,” Gowda said in a letter to the Delhi CM.

6:38 pm IST

‘Wishing very best in fulfilling aspirations of people of Delhi’: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Arvind Kejriwal for his party’s victory in Delhi assembly election. The PM “wished them the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Delhi.”

 

6:31 pm IST

Odisha CM congratulates Arvind Kejriwal on hattrick win

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik congratulates Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party for their performance in the Delhi Assembly election. Patnaik tweeted, “ Congratulations to @ArvindKejriwal ji and @AamAadmiParty on the hattrick win in #DelhiPolls2020. Best wishes for a successful tenure.”

6:24 pm IST

AAP’s Rajesh Rishi retains his Janakpuri seat

AAP’s Rajesh Rishi has retained his Janakpuri assembly constituency. He defeated BJP’s Ashish Sood by 14,917 votes.

6:20 pm IST

Gokalpur seat retained by AAP

AAP’s Surendra Kumar has won the Gokalpur (SC) seat, defeating BJP’s Ranjeet Singh by over 19,000 votes. The party had won from here in 2015 also.

6:11 pm IST

AAP crosses half-way mark in 70-member Delhi assembly

Ruling Aam Aadmi Party has crossed the half-way mark in the 70-member Delhi assembly. The party had won 37 seats, as per the Election Commission website at 6:09 pm

6:07 pm IST

Arvind Kejriwal wins New Delhi seat

Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal has won the New Delhi seat defeating BJP’s Sunil Kumar Yadav. Kejriwal is all set to return to power for a third term with his party, according to latest results and trends, winning 34 seats and leading in 29 seats.

6:03 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi congratulates Arvind Kejriwal on Delhi win

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulates AAP on its victory in Delhi assembly election. In a tweet, he said, “My best wishes & congratulations to Mr Kejriwal and the AAP on winning the Delhi Assembly elections.”

The Congress has once again failed to win any seat in this election, a repetition of the 2015 polls.

6:01 pm IST

AAP retains Badli seat

AAP’s Ajesh Yadav has won from the Badli constituency. He defeated BJP’s Vijay Kumar Bhagat by 29, 123 votes. Yadav had won from this seat in 2015 as well.

5:56 pm IST

AAP’s Som Dutt wins from Sadar Bazar seat

Aam Aadmi Party’s Som Dutt has won from the Sadar Bazar assembly constituency. He has defeated BJP’s Jai Prakash.

5:52 pm IST

Rajnath Singh congratulates Arvind Kejriwal

Senior BJP leader and Union defence minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated Arvind Kejriwal for AAP’s victory in Delhi assembly election.

5:45 pm IST

AAP MP offers sweets in Parliament premises

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sushil Gupta distributed sweets in Parliament premises to celebrate the party’s performance in DelhiPolls2020. AAP leader Sanjay Singh says, “Delhi people have given a clear message that elections can be won on the basis of work and development.”

AAP Member of Parliament Sushil Gupta offering sweets to Congress leader Anand Sharma at Parliament premises. ( ANI / Twitter )
5:40 pm IST

AAP wins Ballimaran seat

AAP has won the Ballimaran seat. Party candidate Imran Hussain has defeated BJP’s Lata by 36,172 votes.

5:37 pm IST

Arvind Kejriwal reaches Hanuman Mandir

Arvind Kejriwal reaches Hanuman Mandir in Central Delhi to offer prayers. He had thanked the deity while addressing party workers earlier. He is accompanied by his wife, party leader Manish Sisodia and others.

5:35 pm IST

Manish Sisodia thanks Delhi for ‘respecting five years of work’

Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s deputy chief minister and AAP’s winning candidate from Patparganj thanked Delhi for “respecting the work of five years”. In a tweet in Hindi, Sisodia said, “ Thank you from the heart Delhi....for respecting the work of five years....for respecting education....real patriotism is to provide good quality education while remaining in power.”

5:28 pm IST

‘Cong performance isn’t surprising’: Sandeep Dikshit

Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit says the party’s performance in Delhi assembly polls isn’t surprising, reports ANI.

“Congress’ performance is not surprising...We were nowhere there. We tried to showcase the work done by Sheila ji but it was done really late because unfortunately Subhash Chopra ji was given the responsibility really late,” Dikshit said.

5:20 pm IST

Arvind Kejriwal going to Hanuman Mandir

Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal has left the party headquarters and going to Hanuman Mandir in New Delhi’s Connaught Place.

5:05 pm IST

‘We don’t do politics of hate’: BJP’s Manoj Tiwari after Delhi loss

After Delhi loss, BJP state chief Manoj Tiwari said the party doesn’t practise politics of hate, “we do politics of ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’”.

In an indirect reference to anti-CAA protests at south Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, the BJP state chief said, “lot of things are said during elections but we never wanted that roads should be blocked for 60 days. We opposed that yesterday, we are opposing that today.”

4:47 pm IST

‘Hoping for more work in Delhi and not blame game’: Manoj Tiwari

After congratulating the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for its massive in Delhi, BJP state chief Manoj Tiwari took responsibility for the party’s defeat and said the they hope for more work not blame games in the national capital.

4:40pm IST

‘Biggest gift’: Kejriwal’s wife on AAP’s big win

“It’s the biggest gift I’ve received (she celebrates her birthday today). This is the victory of truth. I think politics should be done on basis of issues. Political parties should learn that such comments shouldn’t be made,” said Delhi CM and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal’s wife Sunita Kejriwal.

4:34 pm IST

‘Clear message to Opposition’: Kejriwal’s daughter

On Arvind Kejriwal’s clean sweep in Delhi, daughter Harshita says the Opposition has received a clear message that communal politics doesn’t work anymore, instead votes are polled on basis of development, especially in terms of education and healthcare.

4:07 pm IST

Manoj Tiwari congratulates Arvind Kejriwal

“Thank you to all the voters of Delhi. Thank you to all the workers for their hard work… We respectfully accept the mandate of the people of Delhi,” Manoj Tiwari tweeted and congratulated Delhi CM and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal as the party leads in 63 seats.

4:00 pm IST

BJP accepts mandate, will act as constructive opposition: Nadda

BJP president JP Nadda on Tuesday said his party accepts the mandate given by the people of Delhi and it will play the role of a constructive opposition.

Congratulating Arvind Kejriwal and AAP for their victory in the Delhi assembly election, Nadda said in a series of tweets that the BJP hopes the AAP government will work for the overall development of the national capital.

3:50pm IST

‘I love you’: Arvind Kejriwal tells Delhiites

Addressing people from the AAP office, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his “love” for Delhiites who have overwhelmingly voted in the party’s favour.

“Dilli walon ghazab kar diya aap logon ne! I love you,” he said.

3:45 pm IST

Arvind Kejriwal thanks Lord Hanuman after Delhi votes in AAP’s favour

Arvind Kejriwal thanked Lord Hanuman after Delhi voted overwhelmingly in AAP’s favour.

“This is the day of Lord Hanuman who has blessed the people of Delhi. We pray that Hanuman Ji keeps showing the right path to us so that we continue to serve people for the next five years,” he said.

3:37 pm IST

Kejriwal thanks Delhi for AAP’s massive sweep

Kejriwal thanked the people of Delhi for ensuring AAP’s third term in the national capital. He thanked people for trusting “their son (Arvind Kejriwal)” yet again.

3:34 pm IST

AAP all emotional

3:30 pm IST

‘Jan Ki Baat’, not ‘Mann Ki Baat’: Uddhav Thackeray congratulates Arvind Kejriwal

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray congratulated Arvind Kejriwal and the people of Delhi for AAP’s victory in assembly election.

“People have shown that the country will be run by ‘Jan Ki Baat’, not ‘Mann Ki Baat’. BJP called Kejriwal a terrorist but couldn’t defeat him," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

3:15 pm IST

People of Delhi have proven Arvind Kejriwal isn’t a terrorist: Raghav Chadha

Raghav Chadha, AAP’s winning candidate from Rajinder Nagar says that people of Delhi have proven that Arvind Kejriwal is a true patriot, reports ANI. “ People of Delhi have proven that Delhi’s son Arvind Kejriwal isn’t a terrorist but a true patriot. He’s working for nation building, the work he’s doing is what constitutes patriotism. What BJP is doing, isn’t patriotism,” he said.

2:55 pm IST

Atishi wins from Kalkaji

AAP’s Atishi has won the Delhi polls from the Kalkaji assembly constituency. She was up against BJP’s Dharambir Singh.

Post her win, she took to Twitter to thanks the people of Delhi for putting their faith in AAP and voting for politics of development.

“In the last 5 years we have endeavoured to make Delhi’s Govt. Schools the best in the country and now we’ll make Kalkaji the best constituency in Delhi!,” she said.

2:52 pm IST

AAP’s Raghav Chadha wins from Rajinder Nagar

Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha celebrated with party workers on winning from Rajinder Nagar assembly constituency.

2:48pm IST

Manish Sisodia wins from Patparganj

AAP’s Manish Sisodia has won from Delhi’s Patparganj. He faced a tough fight against BJP’s Ravinder Singh Negi.

2:25 pm IST

Akhilesh Yadav thanks Delhi for ‘rejecting politics of hate’

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav congratulated Arvind Kejriwal as trends reflect clear win for AAP.

“I also thank the people of Delhi who rejected the politics of hate, betrayal, and destruction. After the result of this election, BJP will not remember any Bagh,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

2:15 pm IST

Freebies have won: Anil Vij

As trends show AAP’s win in Delhi assembly election, Haryana minister Anil Vij on Tuesday tweeted freebies have won and issues have lost.

“In the Delhi election, the issues have lost. Freebies have won,” Vij’s tweet, roughly translated in English from Hindi, reads.

2:09 pm IST

‘Failed to connect with people’: Kapil Mishra concedes defeat

AAP’s rebel MLA Kapil Mishra who joined the BJP in August last year has conceded defeat.

“I congratulate Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal for the excellent victory. BJP has lost the fifth state election in a row. It means we have somewhere failed to connect with the people of Delhi,” he was quoted as saying by ANI

2:03 pm IST

Sharad Pawar congratulates AAP for ‘sweeping victory’

“Congratulations to Shri. Arvind Kejariwal ji and Aam Aadmi Party workers for achieving a ‘Sweeping Victory’ in the Delhi Assembly Polls!,” tweeted NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

1:55 pm IST

After round 10, Manish Sisodia continues to trail

After 10 rounds of counting of votes, deputy CM Manish Sisodia continued to trail in Patparganj with 48,493, while BJP’s Ravi Negi has so far secured 49,716 and Congress’s Laxman Rawat is way behind with 1,874 votes.

1:51 pm IST

In Delhi Cantt, AAP ahead by over 5,000 votes

After seven rounds of counting, AAP is leading over BJP by 5747 votes in Delhi Cantt assembly constituency.

1:45 pm IST

‘AAP won, bluff and bluster lost’: Chidambaram

“AAP won, bluff and bluster lost. The people of Delhi, who are from all parts of India, have defeated the polarising, divisive and dangerous agenda of the BJP

I salute the people of Delhi who have set an example to other states that will hold their elections in 2021 and 2022,” tweeted senior Congress leader P Chidambaram as AAP continues to lead in over 55 assembly seats.

1:30pm IST

Delhi not with communal forces: Congress

“In the past two to three months, Delhi has been in a very bad state, especially for students, be it violence at Jamia, JNU or the recent incident at Gargi College, the Congress party said.

However, the way Delhi voted and defied the claims of BJP, it is clear that Delhiites do not support communal forces, Delhi Congress chief Subash Chopra said.

The Delhi Congress chief took moral responsibility for the party’s defeat and congratulated CM Arvind Kejriwal.

1:19 pm IST

Lt Governor Anil Baijal dissolves Delhi Legislative Assembly

Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal dissolved Delhi Legislative Assembly on Tuesday .

1:10 pm IST

Gautam Gambhir congratulates Arvind Kejriwal

As the Aam AAsdmi Party (AAP) continued to lead in 58 assembly seats, BJP MP Gautam Gambhir congratulated Arvind Kejriwal and the people of Delhi.

“We tried our best but, probably, we could not convince the people of the state. I hope Delhi develops under the chief ministership of Arvind Kejriwal,” he said, according to news agency ANI.

1:02 pm IST

Prashant Kishor thanks Delhi for ‘protecting soul of India’

Reacting to trends showing AAP’s leads in Delhi’s 58 constituencies, former Janata Dal-United (JDU) vice-president Prashant Kishor thanked the people of Delhi for “standing up to protect” the country’s soul.

“Thank you, Delhi for standing up to protect the soul of India!” he tweeted.

Kishor was expelled from JD(U), a short while ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections, following a tiff with party chief and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

12:51 pm IST

AAP’s Bandana Kumari wins from Shalimar Bagh, supporters begin celebrations

AAP supporters have already begun celebrations in Shalimar Bagh,where the party candidate Bandana Kumari has won, securing 24,441 votes.

12:46 pm IST

Mamata Banerjee congratulates Kejriwal, says ‘people have rejected BJP’

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Arvind Kejriwal as AAP is leading in Delhi polls. “People have rejected BJP. Only development will work, CAA, NRC and NPR will be rejected,” she said according to news agency ANI.

“DelhiResults show @AamAadmiParty all set to win #DelhiElection2020 with a thumping majority yet again. Leaders playing on faith through hate speech & divisive politics should take a cue, as only those who deliver on their promises are rewarded,” she tweeted.

12:38 pm IST

AAP set to win Delhi as BJP’s numbers get better

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) looked set to retain power in Delhi for the third term with a comfortable majority while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeared to improve its performance in the national capital.

12:25 pm IST

AAP’s Raghuvinder Shokeen leading from Nangloi Jat constituency

Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghuvinder Shokeen leading from Nangloi Jat constituency, after sixth round of counting of votes, reports news agency ANI.

12:15 pm IST

With 25.72% of vote counted at 11.47 am, AAP has 53.06% of share and BJP, 39.31%

With 25.72% of vote counted at 11.47 am, AAP has 53.06% of share and BJP, 39.31%. AAP is leading in 57 and BJP in 13 constituencies. There are 30 seats where the margin is over 5000. AAP leads in 27 of these. There are 9 seats where the margin is below 1000. AAP leads in 5.

 

12:06 pm IST

BJP’s Jagdish Pradhan, AAP leader Mukesh Kumar Ahlawat among candidates with top winning margins

The BJP’s Jagdish Pradhan from Mustafabad and Mukesh Kumar Ahlawat of the AAP from Sultanpur Majra were among the two of the 70 candidates leading with the highest margin of over 20,000 votes, latest Election Commission data showed.

11:54 am IST

Party wise vote share, according to EC data

11:45 am IST

‘Things can still change’: Kapil Mishra trails but remains hopeful

BJP’s Kapil Mishra, who is trailing after three rounds of counting of votes, is still hopeful that his vote share will increase by the end of six rounds.

At the end of three rounds of counting, AAP’s Akhilesh Pati Tripathi is leading with 16,461 votes and BJP’s Kapil Mishra is down at 8,667.

11:40 am IST

Congress falters again, yet to open its account

A teetering election campaign, a leadership crisis and over-dependence on legacy appeared to be the reasons behind the Congress’ dismal show in early trends of the Delhi poll results, with the party failing to open its account till 11.20am on Tuesday.

The Congress, which ruled Delhi consecutively for 15 years from 1998 to 2013, was staring at a wipeout again after having failed to win any seat in the 2015 assembly elections in the national capital. A senior Delhi Congress leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, blamed over-dependence on the past for the party’s poor show.

11:32 am IST

AAP has 52.29% share and BJP, 40.25%

With 20.95% of vote counted, AAP has 52.29% share and BJP, 40.25% . AAP is leading in 55 seats and the BJP in 15. There are 13 constituencies where lead is less than 1000. BJP is leading in five of these and AAP in eight. There are 22 constituencies where lead is more than 5000, and AAP is leading in 20 of them.

11:27 am IST

AAP’s Akhilesh Pati Tripathi leads by over 4,000 votes.

AAP’s Model Town candidate Akhilesh Pati Tripathi said he was relieved when he trailed by just 98 votes in first round of counting. “This is a constituency where AAP would generally trail by 1500 votes in first round”, he said. As of now he is leading by over 4,000 votes.

11:17 am IST

Manish Sisodia trailing in Patparganj

Delhi deputy CM and AAP’s candidate from Patparganj is currently trailing while BJP’s Ravi Negi is leading by over 2,000 votes. At the end of third round of counting, BJP’s Ravindra Negi secured 15,271 and AAP’s Manish Sisodia trailed behind with 13,844 votes.

11:15 am IST

People want a govt that takes care of its citizens: AAP’s Akhilesh Tripathi

“ I thank everyone who has expressed their confidence in Arvind Kejriwal. People want a government that takes care of its citizens,” says AAP candidate Akhilesh Pati Tripathi, who is leading from the Model Town constituency by 4,520 votes.

11:10 am IST

Latest trends

10:58 am IST

AAP workers celebrate in Punjab

AAP workers in Punjab were seen celebrating in Punjab’s Amritsar as the party has taken a comfortable lead in early trends in Delhi.

10:53 am IST

‘There is still time’: Manoj Tiwari on vote share gap between AAP, BJP

“Trends indicate that there is a gap between AAP and BJP, there is still time. We are hopeful. Whatever the outcome, being the State Chief I am responsible,” Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari told news agency ANI.

10:50 am IST

‘AAP’s win against BJP, it’s communal agenda is significant’: Cong

“Everyone knew that Aam Aadmi Party will return to power for the third time. Congress’s defeat will not send a good message. The victory of AAP against the Bharatiya Janata Party and its communal agenda is significant,” said Congress MP AR Chowdhury, according to news agency ANI.

10:46 am IST

AAP’s Durgesh Pathak trailing in

AAP’s Durgesh Pathak is trailing by over 2,800 votes from Karawal Nagar seat while BJP’s Mohan Singh Bisht in the lead.

10:42 am IST

Manish Sisodia faces tough fight in Patparganj

Even as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) surged ahead in the counting of votes for the Delhi Assembly elections, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is facing a tough fight from Ravi Negi of the BJP for the Patparganj seat.

10:38 am IST

AAP’s Atishi trailing in Kalkaji

AAP’s candidate from Kalkaji Atishi is currently trailing while BJP’s Dharambir Singh is leading by approximately 190 votes, according to ECI data.

10:24 am IST

Amid Delhi’s poll results, silent protest at Shaheen Bagh

Amid counting of votes in the high-stakes Delhi Assembly elections, capital’s Shaheen Bagh on Tuesday witnessed silent anti-CAA protests, the epicentre of demonstrations for nearly two months.

The women protesters have been staging silent protest since the morning, and no person was seen delivering any speech during the demonstration, reporting news agency, reported news agency IANS.

10:17 am IST

Priority is to ensure accuracy in counting: Delhi CEO

Delhi chief electoral officer Ranbir Singh on Tuesday said that the poll body’s priority is to ensure accuracy in counting of votes in Delhi assembly election.

“We have made all the needed arrangements for security. The counting had begun on time with the postal ballots and all the work is being done as per the Election Commission guidelines,” Singh told news agency ANI.

“Followed by counting of the postal ballots, the EVMs counting will begin in each round. Our priority is to ensure accuracy in counting with all checks,” Singh said.

10:05 am IST

Kejriwal ahead by over 4000 votes

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP’s New Delhi candidate Arvind Kejriwal is currently leading by over 4000 votes. As on 10 am, Kejriwal secured 7820 votes, while its closest competitor BJP’s Sunil Yadav is trailing with 3433 votes in bank, according to data available on the ECI website.

10:00 am IST

In Okhla, the epicentre of anti-CAA protests, AAP first choice

In Okhla, the epicentre of the ongoing anti-CAA protests, AAP has been the first choice for the voters. Congress’s Parvez Hashmi was trailing from Okhla where the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is leading.

9:55 am IST

A cryptic message on poster at BJP office

A new poster has springed outside BJP’s Delhi office that reads “Victory doesn’t make us egoistic, and defeat doesn’t disappoint us,” in Hindi. The poster has an image of Union Home Minister Amit Shah who led the BJP campaign charge during Assembly elections.

As per C-voter’s current data, the BJPis leading in at least 20 seats.

9:50 am IST

AAP gears up for celebrations

AAP’s party headquarters at Rouse Avenue in Delhi is all set for victory celebrations. In line with exit poll predications, the party is currently leading in at least 50 assembly seats.

Kejriwal will address the volunteers from the terrace of the party headquarters after the results will be clear.

There is also a new banner outside the party office, with the same old slogan “Ache honge paanch saal, Delhi me to Kejriwal” (The coming five years will be good, Kejriwal will be in Delhi).

9:45 am IST

Congress hopes for ‘good numbers’

Though the party is currently not leading on any of the Delhi assembly seats, Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra on Tuesday anticipated a good number of seats.

“We have done a lot of hard work...let’s see, I think we should get a good number of seats in this election. All our contestants have worked hard and I am really proud of them,” Chopra told ANI.

9:35 am IST

‘No Machine which has a chip is tamper proof’: Digvijay Singh

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh took to Twitter to raise EVM tampering issue as early leads for Delhi assembly election started coming in. He said that no machine which has a chip is tamper proof.

“Would CEC and Hon Supreme Court please have a fresh look on EVM voting in India? We are the largest Democracy in the World, we can’t allow some Unscrupulous People to Hack Results and steal the Mandate of 1.3 Billion People,” tweeted Congress’s Digvijaya Singh.

“No Machine which has a Chip is Tamper Proof. Also please do for a moment think, why no Developed Country uses EVM,” he asked.

9:25 am IST

Congress’s Mukesh Sharma ‘accepts defeat’

“I acknowledge my defeat, thanking all the voters and Congress workers of Vikaspuri constituency and hope that there will be all-round development of the area.

I will continue to fight for the all-round development of Delhi, Vikaspuri and Uttam Nagar constituencies in future also,” Congress candidate from Vikaspuri Mukesh Sharma tweeted as Congress showed no gains in early trends .

9:15 am IST

BJP’s Kapil Mishra trailing in Model Town

AAP’s rebel leader Kapil Mishra, who joined the BJP in August last year, is contesting from Model Town assembly constituency and was trailing as per early leads.

9:12 am IST

Alka Lamba trailing in Chandi Chowk

In early trends Alka Lamba, who switched from AAP to Congress last October, is trailing in Delhi’s Chandi Chowk assembly constituency.

9:03 am IST

‘Going to register massive win’: AAP’s Sanjay Singh

As early trends show AAP leading in at least 53 seats, party leader Sanjay Singh told agency news ANI to “wait for the final result, we are going to register a massive win.”

8:56 am IST

Congress ahead in Ballimaran seat

Improving its tally from 2015, the Congress’s Haroon Yusuf is leading from Ballimaran seat.

8:53 am IST

Arvind Kejriwal leading from New Delhi

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is leading from his turf that is New Delhi constituency. BJP’s Sunil Yadav contesting from the seat has said that he wouldn’t contest any further elections if he loses the election.

8:50am IST

AAP’s Manish Sisodia at Akshardham counting centre

As counting of votes is underway Delhi deputy CM and Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Patparganj assembly constituency Manish Sisodia and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Ravi Negi were seen at the Akshardham centre.

AAP’s Manish Sisodia and BJP’s Ravi Negi at Akshardham counting centre. ( ANI Photo )
8:45 am IST

‘Not nervous, good day for BJP’: Manoj Tiwari

Minutes before counting of votes across 70 assembly seats began, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari told news agency ANI he wasn’t nervous and that it is going to be a good day for his party. He was confident of BJP making the next government in Delhi.

In early trends the BJP is leading in at least 14 seats.

8:28 am IST

BJP leads in 13 seats

The BJP was seen leading in at least 13 seats in early seats. Mundka, Karawal Nagar, Shalimar Bagh were among the key seats BJP is leading in.

8:20 am IST

In early trends, AAP ahead in 41 seats

In early trends Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was seen ahead in at least 37 assembly constituencies including ahead in Bawana, Nerela, Badli, Burari, Kirari, Mangol Puri, Wazirpur, Rohtas Nagar, Model Town, Babarpur, Seemapuri, Vikaspuri, Nangloi Jat, Uttar Nagar, Madipur, Chandi Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Gandhi Nagar, Shahdara, Tilak Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Karol Bagh, Ballimaran, Palam, Harinagar, Laxmi Naghra, Kalkaji, Trilokpuri, Okhla, Deoli, Mehrauli, Matiala, and Delhi Cantt.

8:10 am IST

First leads in favour of AAP

According to data provided by C-voter, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is leading in 30 seats, while the BJP has a lead in 12 seats.

8:05 am IST

Seat share in 2015

In Delhi assembly election 2015, out of 70 seats the AAP won 67 and the BJP secured three seats. 

8:00 am IST

Counting begins

Counting of votes for Delhi assembly election has begun.

7:55 am IST

Manish Sisodia tweets a prayer

Seeking a third term in the national capital, Delhi’s deputy chief minister and AAP’s candidate from Patparganj on Tuesday began his day by offering prayers at his residence.

“We are confident of a win today because we have worked for people in the last 5 years,” he told news agency ANI.

7:50 am IST

10 min to go

In 10 min from now, counting of votes polled in February 8 Delhi assembly election will begin. The result will decide if the incumbent AAP will secure a third term or if the BJP or Congress will surprise Delhi by sweeping the polls.

7:40 am IST

AAP eyes hat-rick

Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is eyeing a third term in Delhi. The results are not only going to be a referendum on its work in the last five years, but also on AAP’s stature as a political party at the national level.

The AAP fielded 46 of its sitting MLAs from the same constituencies they contested in the 2015 polls, keeping in mind their “good work” in their respective areas and their connect with locals.

7:30 am IST

BJP’s Manoj Tiwari wants people to ‘save’ this tweet

After exit polls on Saturday predicted big win for AAP, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari defied the predictions and claimed the BJP would win at least 46 seats in the Delhi assembly election.

7:23 am IST

‘No crackers during victory celebrations’: Kejriwal’s instructions to AAP workers

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday instructed AAP workers to not burst crackers “during victory celebrations”

Party functionaries said though preparations are underway to celebrate the victory in the polls, whose results will be announced on Tuesday, Kejriwal has asked party volunteers not to burst firecrackers as it contributes to pollution. Other preparations to celebrate the victory, including ordering sweets and namkeens, are also underway at the party headquarters in ITO, they said.

7:20 am IST

‘Won’t be surprised if Kejriwal loses from New Delhi seat’: Kapil Mishra

Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP’s) rebel MLA Kapil Mishra on Monday said “the people’s mandate is with the BJP” and that he won’t be surprised if chief minister Arvind Kejriwal lost from his home turf.

“The people’s mandate is with the BJP. We know the reality as we have worked on the ground. I must say, there is nothing to be surprised if Kejriwal gets defeated from New Delhi constituency,” Mishra told ANI.

7:15 am IST

What was ‘absolutely shocking’ for Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi assembly election 2020 final voter turnout wasn’t announced by the Election Commission even 24 hours after polling ended. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP contestant from New Delhi called it ‘absolutely shocking’ and questioned the EC over the same.

7:10 am IST

Who’s up against Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi

BJP’s Sunil Yadav is up against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal from New Delhi constituency. The BJP leader has declared he would not contest another election if he lost this assembly poll and will only concern himself with organisational matters.

7:00am IST

Have Congress voters found an alternative?

“It is a matter of worry, especially because the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are vying for the same vote bank. If voters have moved to an alternative, it means that they did not think we have anything extra to offer,” said a senior All India Congress Committee (AICC) leader.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a senior party leader who is also contesting elections said all blame cannot be put on “AAP wave”. The leader said that “if the senior leadership wanted they could have put in more efforts” on campaigning and the party would have been in a better position.

6:55 am IST

Fate of Congress heavyweights at stake

The Congress on Monday put up a brave face, saying the exit polls, which have predicted a maximum of just one seat for them in Delhi Assembly elections, could not be taken as “gospel truth” and exuded confidence that the party will be able to improve its tally. The party did not win any seat in the 2015 Delhi assembly polls.

“We will definitely improve. Moreover, the exit polls are not the gospel truth. We are confident of winning a few seats,” said party’s incharge for Delhi PC Chacko on Monday.

6:50 am IST

AAP confident, BJP says exit polls will fall flat

Counting of votes polled in the high-stakes Delhi Assembly elections is set to take place on Tuesday, with exit polls predicting a big win for the ruling AAP even as BJP leaders maintained that the surveys will fall flat.

Strong rooms spread across the city storing the EVMs are being heavily guarded, with a “three-layer security ring”, Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh has said.

6:40 am IST

Traffic movement affected

Traffic movement will remain closed from Bhajanpura towards Gagan Cinema (both carriageways) due to vote counting tomorrow. Motorists are advised to take alternative route, the Delhi Traffic Police tweeted early today.

Muni Maya Ram Marg near Guru Nanak Dev Institute of Technology (both carriageways) shall remain closed due to vote counting today. Traffic movement will remain closed on Road number 224 Dwarka from sector 7/9 crossing towards sector 9/10 crossing due to vote counting, they tweeted.

6:33 am IST

What exit polls have predicted

All five exit polls have predicted a third term for Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, while the BJP is expected to improve its performance from the 2015 assembly elections when it won only three seats. However, only little is expected to change for Congress, which was in power between 1998 and 2013 but drew a blank in the last assembly polls in 2015.

6:25 am IST

Arvind Kejriwal eyes third term

Delhi is all set for results of assembly elections held on February 8. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is eying a third term in the national capital. Most exit polls have predicted AAP’s clear win with the party expected to get anything between 47 seats to 68 seats out of the 70 assembly seats.

6:20 am IST

500 security personnel at each counting centre

Until the counting day in Delhi, each centre will be guarded by at least 200 security personnel while on the final day the security will be doubled, a senior Delhi police official has said.

Deputy commissioner of police, Sharat Sinha said the strength of Delhi Police each centre will have up to at least 500 personnel on the day of counting, including senior officers of the rank of assistant commissioner of police (ACP).

6:15 am IST

Three-layer security cover at strongrooms

The Delhi chief electoral officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh on Monday assured that foolproof security arrangements have been made in and around each of the counting centres.

“A three-layer security cover has been provided at the strongrooms, as per the election commission’s directions. Security around the counting centres and in the areas has also been beefed up,” he said.

6:10 am IST

Over 2600 poll officials involved

As Delhi gears up for poll results, officials from the poll body said that around 2,600 counting staff, including 33 counting observers, are involved in the counting of votes on Tuesday.

6:00 am IST

Counting begins at 8 am

Counting of votes in Delhi assembly election 2020 will begin on Tuesday at 8 am.