Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP clean swept Delhi elections by winning 67 out of 70 seats, relegating BJP to a long-distant second position with just three seats and completely wiping out Congress
Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party (AAP) on Tuesday clean swiped Delhi Assembly elections by winning 67 out of 70 seats, thus making a spectacular come back to power nearly a year after its government had quit on the Lokpal Bill issue. While Kiran Bedi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was sidelined at a distant second place with just three seats, Ajay Maken-led Congress was nowhere on the results scene.
Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Somnath Bharti, Gopal Rai, Rakhi Birla, Saurabh Bhardwaj and all other prominent AAP leaders emerged victorious.
Almost all senior BJP leaders, including its chief ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi, lost the polls. Bedi was defeated by AAP's SK Bagga by 2,277 votes in Krishna Nagar constituency. The only saving grace for the BJP was victory of its former state unit president Vijender Gupta who won from Rohini.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Kejriwal on the victory and assured Centre's support for Delhi.
Addressing thousands of cheering supporters at the AAP office in central Delhi, Kejriwal said the AAP government would work in a manner that both the poor and the rich would be proud.
Kejriwal won the New Delhi seat with a margin of 31,583 votes defeating BJP’s Nupur Sharma, while Congress’ former minister Kiran Walia was at the third position.
Exactly a year after he had resigned as Delhi Chief Minister, the AAP convenor will take oath as the CM again on 14th February at Ramlila Maidan.
“Arvind Kejriwal will take oath as the Delhi Chief Minister on 14th February at Ramlila Maidan,” AAP leader Ashutosh said after the party’s landslide victory in the Delhi Assembly polls.
In last election, Kejriwal had defeated the three-time Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit on her home—turf by a margin of 25,864 votes.
However, after serving the government for 49 days, he had resigned on February 14 last year after his push for the anti—corruption Jan Lokpal Bill was blocked in the state Assembly by BJP and Congress.
Meanwhile, talking with reporters, Anna Hazare, the ‘once upon a time’ guru of Kejriwal and Bedi, said the loss in Delhi is of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and not that of Kiran Bedi, who was incorporated in BJP after the announcements of polls.
Accepting the mandate given by Delhiites, BJP's local unit president Satish Upadhyay admitted that the party failed to understand the mood of the people.
Congratulating Arvind Kejriwal for his party's landslide victory, Upadhyay said BJP will continue to serve the people as it did in the past.
"We accept the mandate given by the people of Delhi. We failed to understand the mood of the people. BJP will continue to serve the people as it had been doing in the past. I congratulate Kejriwal on his victory," Upadhyay added.
Congress general secretary Ajay Maken, who was the party's face in the Delhi polls, today resigned from the post, taking moral responsibility for the humiliating defeat at the hustings.
He congratulated AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for his party's landslide victory and hoped he will fulfill all the dreams and promises made during campaigning for the Assembly polls.
According to reports, accepting the party's debacle, Delhi Congress President Arvinder Singh Lovely has sent his resignation to party President Sonia Gandhi.
Congress had won eight seats in the last Assembly polls in Delhi held in 2013 which threw a hung verdict.