The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has created yet another history by winning 67 out of 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly elections 2015. After the final declaration of the results, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed to win only three seats. The Indian National Congress (INC) could not open its account in the Delhi Assembly. With this spectacular victory, AAP and its chief Arvind Kejriwal has received congratulation notes from many notable personalities and politicians of the country. As per media reports, the CM designate Arvind Kejriwal, will take the oath on 14 February 2015 at Ramlila Maidan.
Delhi Election 2015 Date and Schedule
Date of Polling: 7th February, 2015
Date of Announcement of Results: 10th February, 2015
The date of Poll notification: 14th January, 2015
Last date of making nomination: 21st January, 2015
Last date of withdrawal of nomination: 24th January, 2015
The much-awaited Delhi Assembly polls will be held on 7th February, with counting of votes scheduled to take place on 10th February, 2015. With the announcement of the dates for the 2015 Assembly polls in Delhi by the Election Commission, the model code of conduct has come into effect immediately.
Delhi Vidhan Sabha Elections 2015: Picking up Momentum
So, after a year of political uncertainty, Delhi is now gearing up for fresh elections. The 70-member Assembly will witness a highly interesting contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Indian National Congress (INC).
After its landslide victory in General Elections 2014 and Assembly elections in some states, the BJP has high hopes of getting a majority in the Delhi Assembly elections on its own. The Congress, which ruled over Delhi for three consecutive terms from 1998 to 2013, will try its best to regain its lost ground. The AAP is also making all-out efforts to win back the confidence of voters in Delhi.
But in all probability, the 2015 Assembly election in Delhi is going to be an AAP versus BJP contest. The Congress party seems a pale shadow of its illustrious past. As per opinion polls, the BJP may take advantage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charisma again and may emerge as the single largest party with majority of seats. Yet, it will not be a cakewalk for BJP as AAP will provide a tough fight and the possibility of a fractured mandate cannot be completely ruled out.
The main election issues in the Delhi Assembly Polls 2015 include poor water and power supply, price rise, depleting infrastructure, corruption, lack of women's security, poor law and order, growing unemployment and pollution.
According to Delhi Election Commission, based on the 2011 Census, the projected population of Delhi is 1.86 crore and the voting population is 1.3 crore, which will be exercising its franchise in 11,763 polling stations across 2,527 buildings in Delhi. In the 2013 Assembly elections, there were 11,753 polling stations with 11.9 million eligible voters out of which 6.6 million were men and 5.3 million were women while there were 405,000 first time voters.
Delhi Election News and Updates
Parmila Tokas of AAP wins in RK Puram constituency with a margin of 19068 votes.
AAP’s Amanatullah Khan wins from Okhla seat.
Anil Kumar Bajpai from Gandhi Nagar, Shri Dutt Sharma from Ghonda, Kapil Mishra from Karawal Nagar, Girish Soni from Madipur, Asim Ahmed Khan from Matia Mahal, Raju Dhingan from Trilokpuri – all AAP’s candidates have won from their respective constituencies.
Latest Update: AAP has already won 60 seats and BJP has won 3. AAP is leading in the remaining 7.
Major political parties in 2015 Delhi Assembly Polls
Aam Aadmi Party: Formed by ex-Income Tax commissioner and social activist Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP overshadowed everyone else in terms of agenda and discussions in the 2013 Assembly polls. With the election symbol of the Broom, the party asserted that it was the only honest political outfit, focused on sweeping clean the political system of the country. Among its many radical promises to the public was the enforcement of the Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi within 15 days of coming to power. Irrespective of one's political leanings, it was impossible to ignore the limelight the AAP had captured in the national capital. Kejriwal's solo campaign transcended politics and become a sort of social phenomenon never witnessed before. With an army of volunteers and funds pouring in from both India and abroad, the AAP emerged as a serious contender for power in the Delhi Assembly elections. But now the AAP's image has taken a beating after Arvind Kejriwal resigned just after 49 days in power. Nevertheless, the AAP may be a tough competitor of BJP in the 2015 Assembly polls and may win sufficient number of seats to occupy the slot of at least the main Opposition party in the state.
Indian National Congress: After ruling the roost for 15 consecutive years in Delhi, the Congress party faced near-extinction in the 2013 polls. The reason for this was twofold: the growing nation-wide dissatisfaction with the Congress over issues of corruption and weak leadership, and the back-breaking inflation in the capital city. With high electricity bills and prices at an all-time high, the Congress faced a virtual rout. The Congress is now trying to stage a comeback in the 2015 Assembly polls though it is so far running a low key campaign.
Bharatiya Janata Party: In 2013, the BJP had played its cards perfectly by capitalising on the anti-incumbency mood in the capital and choosing an honest face as it CM candidate, Dr Harsh Vardhan. Conquering the Delhi legislative assembly would have been a cakewalk for it, but for the unexpected popularity of the AAP. The BJP did have a loyal support base in the capital, but those were no ordinary elections. However, in the 2015 polls to Delhi Legislative Assembly, the BJP may be able to ride piggyback on the 'Modi wave' which has shown no signs of abating so far.
Delhi as a State
The National Capital Territory of Delhi is a metropolitan region, spread over 1,484 square kilometres of area. It is a union territory as well as a state as it has a High Court, Legislative Assembly, and council of Ministers, headed by Chief Minister. There are 70 assembly constituencies and seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi. Lieutenant Governor is the ceremonial head of the state who is appointed by the President of India. The civic work in Delhi is handled by three bodies - Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Delhi Cantonment Board.
Election Commission of Delhi
The Election Commission of Delhi was constituted under the Articles 243K and 243 ZA of the Constitution, which require every state and union territory to elect a commission to oversee the conduct of elections. The responsibilities carried out by the commission include, but are not limited to:
Registration of new voters
Preparation of electoral rolls
Registration of political parties
Overseeing the process of nomination, verification, etc., of candidates
Supervising poll expenditure
Conduct of political parties during elections
The commission is headed by a chief electoral officer.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi
The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi is Chandra Bhushan Kumar, He heads the state election commission. He can be contacted at 011-23977130 (office) and 23969611 (fax). The commission has announced the addition of 1.59 lakh voters to its electoral rolls at the end of a summary revision of the rolls started on October 15.
New election laws
None of the Above (NOTA): The voters now have the right to cast their vote for "None of the Above". This causes the vote to go neutral. Although a welcome step towards electoral reforms, one can't overlook the fact that NOTA has done little to improve elections. A better alternative would have been the Right to Reject, which provides much more weight to voter dissatisfaction.
Central Awareness Observers: These are special teams deployed by the Election Commission to look out for Poll Code violation by political parties.
List of the Assembly Constituencies in Delhi
Summary of Delhi Elections 2013
Even for those normally not interested in politics, the build-up to the 2013 Assembly elections in Delhi was nothing short of explosive. Within virtually no time, the newly formed AAP managed to turn a decrepit two-sided contest into one of the most unbalanced political triangles ever witnessed.
AAP formed the government with the outside support of the Congress party. But after just 49 days in power, Arvind Kejriwal resigned from the Chief Minister's post over the Jan Lokpal Bill issue in February 2014. Since then, Delhi came under President's rule and the Delhi Assembly was kept in suspended animation till its dissolution recently.
Campaigning strategies in 2013 Assembly Polls
Aam Aadmi Party: The AAP was the most aggressive and innovative campaigner in the 2013 elections. A party "of the people, for the people, by the people", it raised Rs 20 crore in donation towards party campaigning funds. Kejriwal made full use of advertisements through the auto-rickshaw drivers of Delhi, where he had a huge support base. Roadside hoardings and radio messages were also aplenty. But perhaps his biggest advantage was the large number of volunteers campaigning for the party on the streets. People from all over India and even abroad gathered for a few days ahead of the elections to spread the word and educate the masses.
Bharatiya Janata Party: The BJP banked on the anti-Congress mood and its honest CM candidate, Dr Harsh Vardhan. Through billboards and media messages, the party focused on the unprecedented price hike. One new initiative the party had embraced was the use of online marketing, as websites and social networks were flooded with pro-BJP advertisements. The pan-India popularity of Narendra Modi also worked in the party's favour, even though he was not contesting the Delhi elections.
Indian National Congress: Predictably, the Congress party was on the back foot. Despite claiming that Delhi progressed by leaps and bounds during its rule, the party had little to offer. Sheila Dikshit released several statements expressing confidence of winning Delhi elections, but voters were not ready to believe in her.
Congress Tried to Play the Development Card
The Commonwealth Games 2010 were cited as the reason why Delhi had resurrected to a swanky-looking city with wide roads, air-conditioned buses, flyovers and a plush transit system. Underpasses were built, huge green spaces emerged, and on top of that, the city found new walkways and an enviable new airport. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi harped on these facts in his public speeches in Delhi. Like a pro auditor of Delhi's growth account, he pepped up his discourse by sprinkling these achievements from time to time. Although it gladdened the then Delhi Chief Minister to listen to eulogies coming from Rahul, they certainly had little effect on the voters of Delhi.
Big Fights in the Delhi State Legislative Assembly Elections of 2013
The Delhi State Legislative Assembly Elections of 2013 were held on December 4, and the results announced on December 8, 2013. The chief contestants in this election were the then chief minister Sheila Dikshit from the New Delhi Assembly constituency, BJP Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan from the Krishna Nagar constituency and of course Arvind Kejriwal from the New Delhi seat. Kejriwal defeated Sheila Dikshit with over 25,000 votes.
Last Updated on : February 6, 2015