67/70 for AAP; BJP 3,Congress fails to open an account
GN Bureau | February 10, 2015
The national capital is going the AAP way. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has taken a mammoth lead as trends poured in from the counting centre on Tuesday. The AAP made historic victory by getting 67 seats out of 70 assembly seats, while BJP could get only three seats. Congress failed to open its account.
By 2 pm the AAP was racing ahead with 67 seats, leaving BJP far behind. And the Congress was nowhere in the picture.
By 3:30 pm, results of 62 seats were declared out of which AAP had won 59 and the BJP could get only 3. By this time AAP was leading in remaining 8 seats.
At 5:30 pm, AAP won as many as 66 seats and was leading in one seat.
Meanwhile, in a major shock to the BJP, its CM candidate Kiran Bedi also lost from Krishna Nagar constituency.
I lose only when I do not give my 100% to d cause. I gave it all. My party & we will reflect on the causes of defeat! Best wishes for Delhi— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) February 10, 2015
AAP's Manish Sisodia won from Patparganj defeating BJP's Vinod Kumar Binny by over 24,000 votes.
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal won his New Delhi seat and is likely to take oath as Delhi chief minister on February 14.
Full marks to Arvind. Congratulations. Now take Delhi to the heights it belongs to. Make it a world class city..— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) February 10, 2015
Even if BJP gets less thn 7 seats we will give LOP to BJP. लोकतन्त्र स्वीकार से चलता है.— Dr Kumar Vishvas (@DrKumarVishwas) February 10, 2015
Exit polls had predicted on Saturday that the AAP led by Arvind Kejriwal was set to return to power, an outcome likely to have national ramifications. However, the results for the AAP may surpass even the most optimistic figures given by the exit polls.
Prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for his landslide victory.
Spoke to @ArvindKejriwal & congratulated him on the win. Assured him Centre's complete support in the development of Delhi.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 10, 2015
Half a dozen exit polls said the AAP could bag between 31 and 53 seats in the assembly -- where 36 is the magic number -- after a closely fought election that saw a record turnout of 67.10%. Altogether 8.9 million of the city's 13.3 million-strong electorate cast their votes.
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All the very best Delhiites. Do pray. Prayers are v powerful.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 10, 2015
A defeat this magnitude for BJP in the national capital would harm Prime Minister Narendra Modi's chances of consolidating power in Parliament. He needs to win most of the state elections over the next four years to gain control of both Houses of Parliament to deliver on his promise of jobs and economic growth.
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The 2013 elections had thrown up a hung assembly, and the AAP (with 28 MLAs) formed a government with the outside support of eight Congress legislators.
Counting of votes began at 8am and the Election Commission said all results were expected to be in by 12.30pm.
My hearty congratulations to AAP for sweeping Delhi Elections. All the best @ArvindKejriwal the new CM— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 10, 2015
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