Delhi Election News
April 10, 2014 10:49 PM
Delhi voting percentage touches 60, poised to exceed 2009 figure (Fourth Lead)
Delhi recorded poll percentage of 60.1 till 5 p.m. for the Lok Sabha elections, surpassing the 2009 polling percentage and setting stage for a record polling in the national capital. The city is witnessing a high voltage three-cornered contest for its seven seats.
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April 10, 2014 01:51 PM
Polling begins in Delhi
Voting for the capital's seven Lok Sabha seats began at 7 a.m. Thursday, officials said. Over 12 million people will cast their vote in Delhi which will witness a triangular fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress.
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April 09, 2014 06:05 PM
Attacker apologises after Kejriwal meets him
An autorickshaw driver Wednesday apologised to Arvind Kejriwal after the AAP leader called on him, and admitted that slapping him was a "big mistake".
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March 29, 2014 02:28 PM
Congress, BJP receiving foreign funding: High Court
In a setback to the two largest parties in the country, the Delhi High Court has ruled that the BJP and the Congress have violated the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act by accepting foreign funding. Subsequently, a directive has been issued to the Election Commission to take appropriate action. The Congress has additionally been found guilty of accepting donations from Public Sector Undertakings.
March 28, 2014 09:59 PM
Shazia Ilmi has power bill dues of Rs 58,790
Despite having assets worth Rs. 4.42 crore in her name and Rs. 25 crore in the name of her husband, the Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi has outstanding power bills worth Rs. 58,790.
This has been mentioned in the affidavit submitted by her for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Ilmi has filed her nomination for the Lok Sabha seat of Ghaziabad.
During the assembly polls in the capital city, her declared assets were Rs. 4.39 crore. Thus, there has been an increase of Rs. 3 lakh.
March 26, 2014 07:46 PM
2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto: Congress
The Indian National Congress released party’s 2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto today at the party office in New Delhi. Major focus has been given to the issues like education, agriculture, health and inclusive growth.
The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said, "We envision an inclusive society, a rapidly expanding economy in which growth benefits all sections of our society and we want to generate lot more new jobs to provide for the youth of the country.”
"We held several interactions with people across the country. We met coolies, farmers, tribals, labourers, and women. Whatever they told us has been included in the manifesto and we assure that we will deliver on our promises," said Rahul Gandhi. He added, "We delivered 90 per cent of our 2009 election manifesto. We promise to do the same in 2014.”
March 22, 2014 03:27 PM
Kejriwal plans Lok Sabha campaign in Delhi
After completing the tour of Haryana, the AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is set to finally turn his attention to Delhi, where the party enjoys the strongest presence. He is likely to spend 2-4 days in the capital, conducting a few public gatherings and road shows. The party said, “So far, jan sabhas in each constituency have been planned so that he can interact with the maximum number of people. There will also be some road shows but details are still being worked out. His campaign should be held sometime in the first week of April.”
March 21, 2014 10:58 PM
Sandeep Dikshit to contest from East Delhi
Sandeep Dikshit, a leader of the Congress party filed his nomination on Friday from the parliamenatry seat of East Delhi.
He said, "Though we lost the Delhi assembly elections, there is no loss of enthusiasm among party workers. We are confident of winning this time around as the so-called wave is over."
Maheish Girri of the BJP and Rajmohan Gandhi of the AAP will contest the LS polls from the same constituency.
March 18, 2014 09:00 PM
Chandni Chowk candidates
The major parties of the capital have revealed the names of the candidates who will go to polls from the constituency of Chandni Chowk.
The former journalist Ashutosh Gupta, a candidate of the AAP, Kapil Sibal of the Congress party, and Dr. Harshvardhan Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party will compete with each other on for the LS seat of Chandni Chowk.
March 13, 2014 07:51 AM
Mamata Banerjee’s rally in Delhi without Anna
In contradiction to the claims of the TMC party, the first election rally of Mamta Banerjee in Delhi underwent in absence of Anna Hazare. Reportedly, the activist gave it a miss because of his poor health.
Hazare was expected to attend the rally to show his support for the TMC.
The Trinamool Congress announced in the rally that the party will field candidates from eight states other than West Bengal.
Delhi Lok Sabha Elections 2014
Delhi is the National Capital Territory of India. It is the largest Indian city and the second most populous city in the world. It is also the most densely populated region in the country. Delhi and its adjoining urban areas have been given the status of the National Capital Region (NCR).
Delhi became the capital of British India in 1911, when the British shifted its capital from Calcutta. After India's independence, it was officially declared the capital of India in 1947. At present, Delhi enjoys the status of a Union Territory (UT) and has its own state legislature and is the only Union Territory with a High Court of its own.
Representation at the Centre
The NCT of Delhi has seven Lok Sabha constituencies which is the highest among other UTs. These are Chandni Chowk, North East Delhi, East Delhi, New Delhi, West Delhi, South Delhi and North West Delhi. The North West Delhi constituency is reserved for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC). There is no reservation for Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates.
Delhi sends three members to the Rajya Sabha. The state legislature is unicameral and has 70 members.
The main political parties in Delhi are:
- Indian National Congress (INC)
- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
- Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
Some important regional and state parties active in Delhi are:
- Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
- Communist Party of India (CPI)
- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
- Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)
The INC has been the most dominant party in the political history of Delhi. In 1956, the Delhi legislative assembly was abolished and Delhi was directly brought under central rule. In 1993, the state was re-established. Congress had a stronghold over the state till the 1993 elections brought the BJP to power. In its tenure till 1998, BJP gave Delhi three Chief Ministers, Madan Lal Khurana, Sahib Singh Verma and Sushma Swaraj. In 1998, again INC led by Sheila Dixit formed the government. In the 2013 assembly elections however anti-incumbency and pro-Kejriwal wave swept across Delhi and INC was reduced to just eight seats. The Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal came to power with external support from the INC. However, the AAP government lasted for just 49 days and currently Delhi is under the President's rule.
In the elections to the Lok Sabha, INC won most seats in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd elections. In the fourth Lok Sabha elections held in 1967, the Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS) was the leading party. INC won all the constituencies in the 1971 and 1984 elections, but in the 1977 elections, the Bharatiya Lok Dal (BLD) emerged as the largest party in Delhi. In the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, BJP has seen huge success. It became the leading party for the first time in the 1989 elections and retained that position in the 1991, 1996, 1998 and 1999 elections. But its performance plummeted in the 2004 and 2009 elections while INC became the leading party. At present all seven MPs from Delhi are from INC.
Prominent Political Personalities
The 2014 Lok Sabha polls will be held on 10 April in Delhi. AAP has announced its candidates while the INC and BJP are yet to do so. Some prominent personalities who are in the fray in Delhi are :
- Ashish Khetan : He is a noted investigative journalist and is an AAP candidate from New Delhi. This is his foray into electoral politics.
- Ashutosh : He is a veteran TV journalist and will contest on a AAP ticket from the Chandni Chowk constituency. He is also the spokesperson of the party.
- Raj Mohan Gandhi : He is an eminent scholar and is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He will contest on a AAP ticket from the East Delhi constituency.
Some important politicians of Delhi who are also members of the Parliament are:
- Kapil Sibal : He is the sitting INC MP from Chandni Chowk. He is currently the Union Minister of Law and Justice and Communications and Information Technology. He was first appointed as a Rajya Sabha member in 1998 in Bihar. He has held positions in the Ministry of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
- Ajay Maken : He is a member of the INC and represents the New Delhi constituency in the 15th Lok Sabha. He is a former Union Minister and at present is the General Secretary of the INC.
- Krishna Tirath : She is the sitting MP from the North West Delhi constituency. She started her political career as an MLA and is currently the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Women and Child Development.
Opinion Polls 2014
- Chaudhury Brahm Prakash : He was a freedom fighter and played a significant role in the Individual Satyagraha movement and Quit India Movement. He was the first Chief Minister of Delhi and was also a former Union Minster for Food, Agriculture, Irrigation and Cooperatives.
- Madan Lal Khurana : He is a prominent leader of the BJP. He started his political career as a student leader and went on to become the first non-Congress Chief Minister of Delhi. He also served as the Governor of Rajasthan.
- Sahib Singh Verma : He was an important leader of the BJP and was the fourth Chief Minister of Delhi. He was a member of the 13th Lok Sabha and was a former Union Minister of Labour.
- Sheila Dixit : She is the longest serving Chief Minister of Delhi. She led the INC in three consecutive victories in assembly elections and was in power from 1998 to 2013. At present, she is the Governor of Kerala.
- Sushma Swaraj : She is a prominent leader of the BJP and was the first female Chief Minister of Delhi. She is also a former Union Minister and is the current Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.
- Vijay Kumar Malhotra : He is a politician of the BJP and represented Delhi Sadar and South Delhi constituencies in the 9th and 14th Lok Sabha, respectively. He is also a former leader of the opposition in the Delhi assembly.
- Janardan Dwivedi : He is a politician of the INC and was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Delhi in 2004.
- Arvind Kejriwal :He is the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and is the 7th Chief Minister of Delhi. He is well-known for his role in making the Right to Information Act a reality and received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, INC won all the seven seats. But the Opinion Polls for 2014 do not augur well for the Congress party and are predicting a new wind altogether. Surveys show the AAP and the BJP both will contest for three-four seats. Due to the anti-Congress wave in Delhi, INC may fail to win even a single seat.
No. of PCs: 7
No. of Polling Days: 1
Polling Dates: 10 April (Phase 3)
No. of Polling Stations: 11,763
No. of Polling Station locations: 2,534
Total Electors: 1,19,32,069 (as on 16th December 2013)
Electors in Age Group 18 to 25 years: 19.6%
Women Electors: 44.58%
Poll Expenditure Limit per Candidate : Rs. 70 lakhs
|Major issues and concerns
Crime against women : 1,121 rape cases were reported in 2013 from January to August. The number is the highest in the last 13 years.
Infant Mortality Rate : From 2010 to 2012, the capital city has witnessed the worst rise in Infant Mortality Rate. As per data, 30 out of every 1,000 newborns did not survive, while 64% of them died within the first 28 days of their birth. The current figure stands at 25, although much needs to be improved.
Corruption, Law & Order, Anti-incumbency, Education, Healthcare facilities, Inflation
Delhi Parliamentary Constituency Winners 2009
| PC No.||PC Name||Category||Winning Candidate||Gender||Party||Total Votes|
|1||Chandni Chowk||GEN||Kapil Sibal||M||INC||465713|
|2||North East Delhi||GEN||Jai Prakash Agarwal||M||INC||518191|
|3||East Delhi||GEN||Sandeep Dikshit||M||INC||518001|
|4||New Delhi||GEN||Ajay Makan||M||INC||455867|
|5||North West Delhi||(SC)||Krishna Tirath||F||INC||487404|
|6||West Delhi||GEN||Mahabal Mishra||M||INC||479899|
|7||South Delhi||GEN||Ramesh Kumar||M||INC||360278|
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Last Updated on : March 28, 2014
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