Congress stands third on all seven seats that it won in 2009
GN Bureau | May 16, 2014
Delhi is no exception to the ‘Modi wave’, and on seven of its seats the BJP candidates are comfortably leading. A small surprise is that on all seven it is the AAP that is in the number two slot, pushing the Congress to a distant third.
This is quite a fall for the party that won all seven seats in 2009.
Thanks to its stunning debut in the Delhi assembly elections of 2013, the AAP managed to be in the limelight even during the Lok Sabha election. But, it seems AAP’s decision to quit in 49 days has had a negative impact, over its vote share in Delhi. AAP, which won 28 seats in assembly elections, gets 33.2 percent of vote share, trailing in all the seven seats at second position. It had managed to get 30 percent vote share in December. BJP has eaten into the AAP vote share considerably within a span of few months, since CM Kejriwal put in his papers over the issue of the Jan Lokpal bill.
The Lok Sabha results show that BJP has made the biggest gains in the capital. It has managed 46.1% vote share, a 10 percent point increase from 2009.
The Congress, which had been in power in the state for 15 years, has been wiped out here. It had a massive 57.2 percent vote share in 2009, and it managed to get just 14.6% of the total votes now.
Just after the UP assembly election in 1996, I was among the scores of reporters waiting at Kalyan Singh’s residence, waiting to get the first inkling of the future course of the BJP. The party had secured the maximum seats – 174 out of 425 seats – but was short of the majority mark
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