Delhi Elections Results 2015
The days of political uncertainty are over in Delhi where fresh Assembly elections are being held within a year of the last state elections. The polling for the 70 seats of Delhi Assembly will be held on February 7, and the counting of votes will take place on February 10, 2014.
With the poll-date announcement, the model code of conduct has come into effect in Delhi. As per a recent India TV-CVoter opinion poll, though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may win 35 seats, still clear majority may elude it in the Delhi Legislative Assembly. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) may manage to grab 29 seats, marking an improvement over its performance in the 2013 Assembly polls when it secured 28 seats. As for the Indian National Congress (INC), the Grand Old Party would be left with five seats. Overall, it will be a hung house.
But another opinion poll, the India Today Group and CICERO Delhi RCS Tracker Poll-2015, predicts that BJP would be able to win 34-40 Assembly seats; 25 to 31 seats may go to the AAP, while the INC would have to be content with only 3-5 seats.
The Prospects of BJP, AAP and INC:
The BJP, the AAP and the INC are all set to fight a highly complex and pitched battle for the 70-member Delhi Assembly.
The BJP is obviously feeling upbeat after its impressive showing in the General Elections 2014 and spectacular performances in the recent Assembly elections in several states. It also has a trump card in the form of Kiran Bedi as its chief ministerial candidate. Some former members of AAP and INC like Shazia Ilmi, Vinod Kumar Binny and Krishna Tirath too have climbed on the BJP bandwagon.
The Congress is now a pale shadow of its illustrious past when it ruled over Delhi for 15 years. But by appointing senior leader Ajay Maken as chairman of its campaign committee for Delhi Assembly polls and fielding Kiran Walia as its candidate against Arvind Kejriwal for New Delhi Assembly seat, the INC is trying its best to salvage its reputation.
The AAP has emerged as a serious contender for power in the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls. It is all set to give a tough fight to the BJP, notwithstanding the charismatic appeal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a woman of substance - Kiran Bedi - as its CM candidate.
Scenario in Delhi Elections 2015 after Delhi Elections 2013:
The February 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections are quite different from the 2013 Assembly elections which were all about the historic success of the newly formed AAP. As the AAP-led government lasted just 49 days, the President's rule was imposed in the city-state and the state assembly kept under suspended animation. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government could not drag its feet further as the AAP alleged that the BJP was poaching its MLAs to somehow form its government. With the dissolution of the Delhi assembly, the stage was set for the 2015 polls to the Delhi Legislative Assembly.
Both the BJP and the AAP are leaving nothing to chance in the run-up to the Assembly polls. But the Congress has been left way behind in its poll preparedness. It has come out with the slogan - 'Toot gayi vikas ki dor, chalo ab Congress ki or' - implying a break in the development of the state achieved during the three-term rule of the Sheila Dikshit government. But, it has been running a rather lacklustre, low-key campaign. The reasons are obvious: 2013 has been a year of disaster for the party that had to face poll reversals in the General Elections, apart from Assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
Summary of Delhi Assembly Election Results 2013
The political greenhorn AAP achieved unprecedented success as it won as many as 28 seats; the INC had to face the ignominy of being left with only 8 out of the 70 Assembly constituencies, and the BJP emerged as the single largest party, winning 31 seats, while one seat went to its ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
The AAP formed its government with the outside support of the Congress party. But its honeymoon with power proved very short-lived (just 49 days) as Arvind Kejriwal resigned from the Chief Minister's post over the Jan Lokpal Bill issue in February 2011.
Delhi Constituency Wise 2013 Winning Candidates List
|Candidate Name||Party||Constituency Name|
|Ram Kishan Singhal ||BJP||Adarsh Nagar |
|Ashok Kumar ||AAP||Ambedkar Nagar |
|Naresh Gaur ||BJP||Babarpur |
|Rambir Singh Bidhuri ||BJP||Badarpur |
|Devender Yadav ||Congress||Badli |
|Haroon Yusuf ||Congress||Ballimaran |
|Gugan Singh ||BJP||Bawana |
|Sat Prakash Rana ||BJP||Bijwasan |
|Sanjeev Jha ||AAP||Burari |
|Parlad Singh Sawhney ||Congress||Chandni Chowk |
|Brahm Singh Tanwar ||BJP||Chhatarpur |
|Surender Singh ||AAP||Delhi Cantt |
|Prakash ||AAP||Deoli |
|Parduymn Rajput ||BJP||Dwarka |
|Arvinder Singh Lovely ||Congress||Gandhi Nagar |
|Sahab Singh Chauhan ||BJP||Ghonda |
|Ranjeet Singh ||BJP||Gokalpur |
|Saurabh Bharadwaj ||AAP||Greater Kailash |
|Jagdeep Singh ||AAP||Hari Nagar |
|Jagdish Mukhi ||BJP||Janakpuri |
|Maninder Singh Dhir ||AAP||Jangpura |
|Harmeet Singh ||BJP||Kalkaji |
|Mohan Singh Bisht ||BJP||Karawal Nagar |
|Vishesh Ravi ||AAP||Karol Bagh |
|Madan Lal ||AAP||Kasturba Nagar |
|Anil Jha ||BJP||Kirari |
|Manoj Kumar ||AAP||Kondli |
|Harsh Vardhan ||BJP||Krishna Nagar |
|Vinod Kumar Binny ||AAP||Laxmi Nagar |
|Girish Soni ||AAP||Madipur |
|Somnath Bharti ||AAP||Malviya Nagar |
|Rakhi Birla ||AAP||Mangol Puri |
|Shoaib Iqbal ||JDU||Matia Mahal |
|Rajesh Gahlot ||BJP||Matiala |
|Parvesh Sahib Singh ||BJP||Mehrauli |
|Akhilesh Pati Tripathi ||AAP||Model Town |
|Subhash Sachdeva ||BJP||Moti Nagar |
|Rambir Shokeen ||IND||Mundka |
|Hasan Ahmed ||Congress||Mustafabad |
|Ajeet Singh Kharkhari ||BJP||Najafgarh |
|Manoj Kumar Shokeen ||BJP||Nangloi Jat |
|Neel Daman Khatri ||BJP||Nerela |
|Arvind Kejriwal ||AAP||New Delhi |
|Asif Mohd Khan ||Congress||Okhla |
|Dharm Dev Solanki ||BJP||Palam |
|Veena Anand ||AAP||Patel Nagar |
|Manish Sisodia ||AAP||Patparganj |
|Anil Kumar Sharma ||BJP||R.K. Puram |
|R P Singh ||BJP||Rajinder Nagar |
|Manjinder Singh Sirsa ||SAD||Rajouri Garden |
|Kulwant Rana ||BJP||Rithala |
|Rajesh Garg ||AAP||Rohini |
|Jitender Kumar ||BJP||Rohtas Nagar |
|Som Dutt ||AAP||Sadar Bazar |
|Dinesh Mohaniya ||AAP||Sangam Vihar |
|Chaudhary Mateen Ahmad ||Congress||Seelam Pur |
|Dharmender Singh ||AAP||Seemapuri |
|Jitender Shigh Shunty ||BJP||Shahdara |
|Satyender Kumar Jain ||AAP||Shakur Basti |
|Bandana Kumari ||AAP||Shalimar Bagh |
|Jai Kishan ||Congress||Sultan Pur Majra|
|Jarnail Singh ||AAP||Tilak Nagar |
|Harish Khanna ||AAP||Timarpur |
|Nand Kishore Garg ||BJP||Tri Nagar |
|Raju ||AAP||Trilokpuri |
|Ramesh Bidhuri ||BJP||Tughlakabad |
|Pawan Sharma ||BJP||Uttam Nagar |
|Mahinder Yadav ||AAP||Vikaspuri |
|Om Prakash Sharma ||BJP||Vishwas Nagar |
|Dr Mahander Nagpal ||BJP||Wazirpur |
No clear majority in Delhi
Delhi Constituencies wise Election Results
The poll predictions of a hung assembly came true. The AAP surprised everyone with 28 seats. More importantly, the party stopped the BJP in its tracks, forcing it at 32 seats, 4 short of the required majority. The Congress scored only eight seats, failing to reach even the double digits.
Kejriwal defeated Sheila Dikshit, writing history
Most would not even have considered it. And indeed, many thought it was pure arrogance on the part of Arvind Kejriwal to challenge the three-time CM Sheila Dikshit in a one on one fight. But he did, against all odds, and won. More interestingly, the victory was not only symbolic, but a thumping one.
Sheila Dikshit resigned as the chief minister of Delhi
Sheila Dikshit, who had ruled the capital city for 15 long years, sent her resignation to the Lt. Governor. The party was spoiled by the BJP as much as by the newcomer Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). What was even more ignominious for Sheila Dikshit was that she lost from her home constituency, New Delhi.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the 'clean and honest' politician, managed to pull in enough voters to get his party a majority. At the same time, Modi's presence had worked in the party's favour, as he did tour Delhi as part of his 2014 campaign.
The AAP managed to silence its critics who said that the party was not a key player in this election. The voter base of the BJP looked largely intact.
In the 2013 assembly polls, Delhi proved wrong the age-old dictum that "people in cities do not vote". This election witnessed a record turnout of 66 per cent, which was 8 per cent up from the last elections. According to analysts, two major factors this time where the widespread appeal of the AAP, and the historically high dissatisfaction with the INC.
Seemapuri in northeast Delhi was the constituency with the highest turnout, of over 72 per cent. This was 10 per cent higher than from the last elections. The New Delhi constituency, from where Arvind Kejriwal challenged Sheila Dikshit, also saw 66 per cent turnout, much higher than the last year's 56 per cent.