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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

EC warns Kejriwal over bribery remark

The Election Commission (EC) has warned Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal for making repeated appeals to the voters and asking them “to take money from all parties but vote for AAP”. EC has termed his remarks as violation of model code of conduct and has warned Kejriwal that stern action will be taken against him if he will repeat such remarks during the election campaigns beginning from 27 January 2015, 7 pm onwards.


Rahul Gandhi to lead roadshow and campaign for Congress today

Rahul Gandhi, Congress Vice President, will be holding a roadshow in Kalkaji assembly constituency today. Congress committee chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, Kalkaji candidate Subhash Chopra and former MP Ramesh Kumar will also accompany him for the roadshow. Kalkaji constituency is a stronghold of Shiromani Akali Dal with an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In the last elections too, the seat was won by the BJP-SAD alliance. It is expected that Congress will actively campaign from 25 January to 5 February for the Delhi Assembly polls and will conduct about 150 meetings for the same.


Second notice issued to Kejriwal over bribe for votes comment.

Election Commission (EC) has issued another notice to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, for violating the model code of conduct by asking people to accept bribes for voting. The commission has asked him to reply to the notice maximum by 11 a.m. of 27 January 2015. It is mentioned in the notice that the commission has noted with concern that a similar statement was made by Kejriwal earlier also on 18 January.


EC rejects Congress complain against Kejriwal

The Election Commission (EC) has rejected second complaint against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, filed by Congress. After EC’s rejection Congress stated that the party will appeal in the Delhi high court about the same matter. Congress leader Kiran Walia told media that the party has come to know that Kejriwal has not mentioned about the FIR lodged against him in his nomination papers which is an offence. Earlier Congress had made another complaint about Kejriwal regarding his remarks on ‘bribe’.

AAP Replaces its Candidates in Two Constituencies

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has replaced two of its candidates from two different constituencies ahead of Delhi assembly polls 2015. After an inquiry held by the internal Lokpal of the party, it decided to replace two candidates. Govardhan Singh, who was given a ticket from Mehrauli constituency, has been replaced by Naresh Yadav; while Rajinder Dabas, who was supposed to contest from Mundka constituency, has been replaced by Sukhbir Dalal.


Kejriwal and Kiran File Nominations

The chief ministerial candidates of the two prominent parties Kiran Bedi from BJP and Arvind Kejriwal from AAP have filed their nominations today. Kiran has filed nomination from Krishna Nagar seat and Kejriwal from New Delhi seat. Kiran Bedi held a roadshow in Lajpat Rai Chowk in Krishna Nagar before filing her nomination papers. Today is the last day to file nominations for the upcoming Delhi assembly polls to be held on 7 February.


Protests at BJP Delhi Unit after the Release of Candidates List

The supporters of many senior party leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged protests at state and national headquarters of the party. The protesters were supporters of leaders such as party’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay, vice-presidents Shikha Rai and Abhay Verma. They shouted slogans that why these leaders were not given ticket for the elections? Many disappointed ticket seekers of BJP have also resigned yesterday.


BJP Declares Kiran Bedi as Chief Ministerial Candidate for Delhi Polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced a list of 62 candidates out of total 70 for the Delhi Assembly polls to be held on 7 February 2015. BJP also announced Kiran Bedi as its chief ministerial candidate who will contest from Krishna Nagar seat in the polls. The announcement was made by BJP President Amit Shah after the central election committee meeting of the party which was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


BJP Likely to Announce its Candidates List Today

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to release the list of its candidates for the Delhi Assembly polls today. The central election committee (CEC) will meet today to finalise the list. Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have already announced their respective lists for all the 70 Delhi Assembly seats. BJP is the only major party left to open its cards and reveal the names of its candidates.


Kiran Walia to Contest against Kejriwal from New Delhi

With the release of its fourth and last list of candidates for Delhi assembly elections, Congress also cleared the air over the New Delhi seat, declaring Kiran Walia to contest against former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The poll is scheduled for February 7. The AAP supremo had last time defeated CM Sheila Dikshit from this assembly seat with a margin of around 26,000 votes, while Kiran was defeated by AAP leader Somnath Bharti from Malviya Nagar seat. BJP, which is yet to declare its list of candidates, is, according to sources, looking at the possibility of fielding former IPS officer Kiran Bedi from New Delhi seat.

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  
Const. No.ConstituencyConst. No.ConstituencyConst. No.Constituency
1Narela25Moti Nagar48Ambedkar Nagar (SC)
2 Burari26 Madipur (SC)49 Sangam Vihar
3 Timarpur27 Rajouri Garden50 Greater Kailash
4 Adarsh Nagar28 Hari Nagar51 Kalkaji
5 Badli29 Tilak Nagar52 Tughlakabad
6 Rithala30 Janakpuri53 Badarpur
7 Bawana (SC)31 Vikaspuri54 Okhla
8 Mundka32 Uttam Nagar55 Trilokpuri (SC)
9 Kirari33 Dwarka56 Kondli (SC)
10 Sultan Pur Majra (SC)34 Matiala57 Patparganj
11 Nangloi Jat35 Najafgarh58 Laxmi Nagar
12 Mangol Puri (SC)36Bijwasan59 Vishwas Nagar
13 Rohini37 Palam60 Krishna Nagar
14 Shalimar Bagh38 Delhi Cantt61 Gandhi Nagar
15 Shakur Basti39 Rajinder Nagar62 Shahdara
16 Tri Nagar40 New Delhi63 Seemapuri (SC)
17 Wazirpur41 Jangpura64 Rohtas Nagar
18 ModelTown42 Kasturba Nagar65 Seelam Pur
19 Sadar Bazar43 Malviya Nagar66 Ghonda
20 Chandni Chowk44 R.K. Puram67 Babarpur
21 Matia Mahal45 Mehrauli68 Gokalpur (SC)
22 Ballimaran46 Chhatarpur69 Mustafabad
23 Karol Bagh (SC)47Deoli (SC)70 Karawal Nagar
24Patel Nagar (SC)   

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.

The 2013 Assembly elections witnessed unprecedented success of the political greenhorn AAP as it won as many as 28 seats. The Congress faced its worst drubbing, winning only 8 out of the 70 Assembly constituencies. BJP emerged as the single largest party with 32 seats. Other political parties could bag only 2 seats.

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.

Blogs about Delhi Assembly Polls 2015
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Kiran Bedi as BJP CM's candidate
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Impact of resignation of Arvind Kejriwal on Delhi Polls
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BJP and Delhi Assembly Polls
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Last Updated on : January 12, 2015