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Delhi government formation Latest Updates: Manoj Tiwari offers to quit after BJP scores in single digit in Assembly polls

Delhi government formation Latest Updates: BJP Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari has offered to quit after his party's poor performance in elections.

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Delhi government formation Latest Updates: Manoj Tiwari offers to quit after BJP scores in single digit in Assembly polls

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14:40 (ist)

Congress party doesn't have leader to project, says Kapil Sibal after party's drubbing in Delhi polls

After his Congress's drubbing in the Delhi Assembly polls, its leader Kapil Sabil on Wednesday said the party "does not have a leader to project".  "We do not have a leader to project. This is the issue within the party. We will look into it and resolve it at earliest," Sibal told ANI.

"This kind of polarised politics and the card for dividing society that is being played by the ministers of the BJP is not going down well with people of Delhi and India. You can see the reflection of that in results emerging in states like Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh," Sibal said.

He further claimed that BJP will meet the "same fate like Delhi in Bihar Assembly polls," scheduled to be held later this year.

14:10 (ist)

Delhi election debacle more Amit Shah's loss than Modi's, says Shiv Sena

The BJP's poor showing in the Delhi election is more of Amit Shah's defeat than Prime Minister Narendra Modi's, an editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana said on Wednesday, say multiple reports.

In party's mouthpiece newspaper, the Sena noted that losing the Delhi Assembly polls after missing out on having a BJP chief minister in Mumbai would be "deeply hurting" Amit Shah. 

After stepping down from the post of BJP president, Shah wanted to secure at least one win for his party which has been losing elections in state Assemblies after its huge victory in the Lok Sabha polls, the Marathi daily said. Though JP Nadda was recently appointed the BJP president, the party's campaign for the Delhi polls was steered by Amit Shah, it stated.

The editorial said: “Home minister Amit Shah had made Delhi election a matter of honour, not prime minister Narendra Modi. JP Nadda recently took over the reins of the party, but the real impresario was Amit Shah.

10:38 (ist)

Delhi Police arrests accused, say shooter had personal enmity with volunteer

Delhi Police on Wednesday said that the accused gunman who shot at AAP MLA Naresh Yadav's envoy on Tuesday night has been arrested. "It is a case of personal enmity and it has nothing to do with politics. Further investigation is underway." the police said. 

But according to India Today reports, four people have been arrested by the Delhi Police. Three accused have been identified as Kalu, Dhami and Dev who are residents of Kishangarh village. The AAP worker who was killed in the shooting was also a resident of the same village.

The main accused Kalu told the police that he had not come to attack the AAP MLA but to attack party volunteer Ashok Mann and his nephew Harendra due to personal enmity. He also alleged that Ashok Mann had attacked his nephew in the past.

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Feb 12, 2020 - 15:50 (IST)

Manoj Tiwari offers to quit as Delhi BJP chief

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday offered to quit the post after the saffron party suffered a rout in the Delhi Assembly election on Tuesday, according to reports. India Today also reported that the party high command has turned down his resignation and has asked him to continue on his post.

Feb 12, 2020 - 15:10 (IST)

Ex-Haryana CM  Bhupinder Singh Hooda calls for introspection over Congress's Delhi polls performances

Former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday called for introspection at a national level following the party's failure to secure a single seat in Delhi Assembly polls.

"In a democracy, I always respect the mandate of the people. Delhi elections results are a cause of concern that needs introspection at the national level. Congress should make a plan for the future," said Congress leader at a press conference.


Hooda's comments come after Kejriwal led AAP won 62 seats in the Delhi polls on Tuesday whereas Congress drew a blank. "Win and loss in the not the question here- how Congress has performed is the main cause of concern," he added

Feb 12, 2020 - 14:54 (IST)

After Delhi defeat, BJP recalibrates to highlighting Centre's public welfare work

Hours after the BJP faced a stunning defeat in Delhi elections, all Union ministers received a letter from their Cabinet colleague and senior party leader Prakash Javadekar asking them to design a campaign to highlight the welfare work done by their respective ministries.

The information and broadcasting minister shot off the letter on Tuesday evening, asking all his ministerial colleagues to inform people about their ministry's "public welfare work" through television, newspapers, outdoor and digital mediums between 15 February and 31 March.

The one-and-a-half-month-long campaign should be themed "Har Kaam Desh Ke Naam", the letter stated. Javadekar urged the ministers to issue immediate directives to officials in this connection.

Feb 12, 2020 - 14:40 (IST)

Congress party doesn't have leader to project, says Kapil Sibal after party's drubbing in Delhi polls

After his Congress's drubbing in the Delhi Assembly polls, its leader Kapil Sabil on Wednesday said the party "does not have a leader to project".  "We do not have a leader to project. This is the issue within the party. We will look into it and resolve it at earliest," Sibal told ANI.

"This kind of polarised politics and the card for dividing society that is being played by the ministers of the BJP is not going down well with people of Delhi and India. You can see the reflection of that in results emerging in states like Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh," Sibal said.

He further claimed that BJP will meet the "same fate like Delhi in Bihar Assembly polls," scheduled to be held later this year.

Feb 12, 2020 - 14:21 (IST)

'Courtesy to congratulate winner': PC Chacko responds to Sharmistha's tweet

PC Chacko after resigning from Delhi's Congress in-charge on Wednesday, responded to Sharmishtha Mukherjee tweet, saying; "I don't want to comment on Sharmistha Mukherjee's statement. It is a courtesy to congratulate the winner and we did that:"

Taking on Congress veteran P Chidambaram who welcomed the AAP win as "defeat of bluff and bluster", Mukherjee in a tweet had asked the former minister if the state Congress units should shut shop in case the party had decided that others will take on the BJP across states.

Feb 12, 2020 - 14:10 (IST)

Delhi election debacle more Amit Shah's loss than Modi's, says Shiv Sena

The BJP's poor showing in the Delhi election is more of Amit Shah's defeat than Prime Minister Narendra Modi's, an editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana said on Wednesday, say multiple reports.

In party's mouthpiece newspaper, the Sena noted that losing the Delhi Assembly polls after missing out on having a BJP chief minister in Mumbai would be "deeply hurting" Amit Shah. 

After stepping down from the post of BJP president, Shah wanted to secure at least one win for his party which has been losing elections in state Assemblies after its huge victory in the Lok Sabha polls, the Marathi daily said. Though JP Nadda was recently appointed the BJP president, the party's campaign for the Delhi polls was steered by Amit Shah, it stated.

The editorial said: “Home minister Amit Shah had made Delhi election a matter of honour, not prime minister Narendra Modi. JP Nadda recently took over the reins of the party, but the real impresario was Amit Shah.

Feb 12, 2020 - 13:43 (IST)

JP Nadda to hold meet with BJP members today

BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda is expected to hold a meeting with all the general secretaries of the party on Wednesday evening at the party headquarters in Delhi, reports ANI.

Though the BJP only won 8 seat, it had marginally improved its tally of seats from three to eight. The AAP, with its vote share of 53.6 percent, fell short of its 2015 Delhi Assembly polls tally (54 percent), while the BJP bagged its second best of 38.5 percent, six percent more than last time.

Feb 12, 2020 - 13:40 (IST)

Congratulations, now make Hanuman Chalisa mandatory in all schools, says BJP's Vijayvargiya

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Wednesday congratulated AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal for the landslide victory in the Delhi elections but he also took a jibe at him, asking for Hanuman Chalisa to be introduced in all educational institutions of Delhi.

Earlier last week, the Kejriwal had said his reciting the 'Hanuman Chalisa' has hurt leaders of the BJP and alleged that the saffron party had been mocking him ever since he recited the 'Hanuman Chalisa' on a TV channel.

Feb 12, 2020 - 13:32 (IST)

Cabinet to also take oath on Sunday, says Manish Sisodia

AAP leader Manish Sisodia, addressing media a day after his party thumping victory in the Delhi assembly election, credited the win to the AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal government's track record on development and providing services. He also said that all cabinet ministers would be also be sworn in on Sunday, along with newly elected legislative leader Kejriwal. 

The AAP government's work has been acknowledged, Sisodia said, adding: "Real nationalism is providing water and education to poor."

Feb 12, 2020 - 13:26 (IST)

Eight newly-elected BJP MLAs to meet Manoj Tiwari today

The eight newly-elected BJP legislators are expected to meet Delhi party unit chief Manoj Tiwari in Delhi on Wednesday evening. The eight BJP MLAs are — Vijender Gupta (Rohini), Mohan Singh Bisht (Karawal Nagar), Jitender Mahajan (Rohtas Nagar), Ajay Mahawar (Ghonda), Anil Kumar Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar), Abhay Verma (Laxmi Nagar), Om Prakash Sharma (Vishwas Nagar) and Ramvir Singh Bidhuri (Badarpur).


The ruling AAP galloped to a landslide victory by winning 62 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly elections in the face of a high-voltage campaign by the BJP, which fielded a battery of Union Ministers and Chief Ministers in its electioneering, spearheaded by Home Minister Amit Shah. The BJP marginally improved its tally, managing just eight seats from its 2015's tally of three seats.

Delhi government formation Latest Updates: BJP Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari has offered to quit after his party's poor performance in elections.

A day after the party's rout in Delhi elections, the knives are out in the Congress with leaders blaming each other and raising questions on whether the party has outsourced the task of defeating the BJP to others. Kapil Sabil on Wednesday said the party 'does not have a leader to project'. "We do not have a leader to project. This is the issue within the party. We will look into it and resolve it at earliest," Sibal told ANI.

PC Chacko after resigning from Delhi's Congress in-charge on Wednesday, responded to Sharmistha Mukherjee tweet, saying: 'I don't want to comment on Sharmistha Mukherjee's statement. It is a courtesy to congratulate the winner and we did that.' Taking on Congress veteran P Chidambaram who welcomed the AAP win as "defeat of bluff and bluster", Mukherjee in a tweet had asked the former minister if the state Congress units should shut shop in case the party had decided that others will take on the BJP across states.

After BJP's poor performance in polls, BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda is expected to hold a meeting with all the general secretaries of the party on Wednesday evening at the party headquarters, reports ANI. Meanwhile, eight newly-elected BJP legislators are expected to meet Delhi party unit chief Manoj Tiwari in Delhi on Wednesday evening.

The eight BJP MLAs are — Vijender Gupta (Rohini), Mohan Singh Bisht (Karawal Nagar), Jitender Mahajan (Rohtas Nagar), Ajay Mahawar (Ghonda), Anil Kumar Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar), Abhay Verma (Laxmi Nagar), Om Prakash Sharma (Vishwas Nagar) and Ramvir Singh Bidhuri (Badarpur).

PC Chako quits as Delhi's Congress in-charge after the party's poor performance in polls on Wednesday. This comes a day after party's Delhi unit chief Subhash Chopra also resigned after taking responsibility for the dismal electoral show. The grand old party accepted defeat in the Delhi Assembly polls and vowed to rebuild and revive itself at the grassroots level in the National Capital. The party, which ruled Delhi for 15 years, suffered a major loss in the third consecutive Assembly election since 2013 as did not have a known figure who could replace three-time Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit who died last year in July.

Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal at Raj Niwas in Delhi. Later today he is expected to hold a meeting with the newly-elected party MLAs at his residence. After the selection of the Legislature Party leader, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal will be apprised of it. Thereafter, a notification will be issued. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal is set to take oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi on 16 February at Ramlila Maidan, reports ANI.

Delhi Police on Wednesday said that the accused gunman who shot at AAP MLA Naresh Yadav's envoy on Tuesday night has been arrested. "It is a case of personal enmity and it has nothing to do with politics. Further investigation is underway." the police said. But according to India Today reports, four people have been arrested by the Delhi Police. Three accused have been identified as Kalu, Dhami and Dev who are residents of Kishangarh village. The AAP worker who was killed in the shooting was also a resident of the same village.

AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal has called a meeting of the party's newly-elected MLAs at his residence on Wednesday, senior party leader Gopal Rai said. At the meeting scheduled at 11.30 am, the MLAs will choose the AAP's Legislature Party leader. Meanwhile, before the meeting, Kejriwal is also expected to meet Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal today morning.

The Delhi Police on Wednesday registered an FIR in connection with the firing incident at AAP MLA Naresh Yadav's convoy and said that all angles are being probed. Delhi Police said that investigation is on and working 'on all angles' to find out the motive behind firing the shots at Naresh Yadav's convoy. The MLA urged the police to thoroughly check the CCTV footage to identify the assailants who shot at his convoy.

A person was killed after some unidentified people opened fire at AAP MLA Naresh Yadav's convoy in southwest Delhi's Kishangarh village on late Tuesday night, police said. The newly-elected MLA along with his supporters was returning home after paying obeisance at a temple in his constituency, the police said. This comes right after AAP swept the Delhi Assembly elections by winning 62 out of 70 seats.

An emotional and exuberant Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal hailed the people of Delhi for giving rise to a 'new kind of politics' as his Aam Aadmi Party stormed to a landslide win in the Delhi Assembly polls. The AAP's stupendous victory comes nearly eight months after it suffered a severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls in which the party drew a blank while the BJP won all seven seats.

Delhi government formation Latest Updates Manoj Tiwari offers to quit after BJP scores in single digit in Assembly polls

File image of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Image courtesy Twitter @ArvindKejriwal

The Arvind Kejriwal-led party has won 62 seats. On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) marginally improved its tally of seats from three to eight. The AAP, with its vote share of 53.6 percent, fell short of its 2015 Delhi Assembly polls tally (54 percent), while the BJP bagged its second best of 38.5 percent, six percent more than last time.

In the Lok Sabha polls held in May, the BJP had polled over 56 percent votes in Delhi, more than the combined vote share of the Congress (22.5 percent) and the AAP (18.1 percent). The Congress registered its worst-ever performance with its vote share slipping to four percent.

Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday dissolved the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday. "Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday dissolved the Sixth Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi with effect from 11 February." the official said. "A new order will be issued for the formation of the Seventh Legislative Assembly after the final results come," the official added.

News18 reported that the new government is likely to be formed on 14 February.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for his party's win in the Delhi Assembly elections and wished him "the very best" in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of the National Capital.

Kejriwal responded on Twitter: "Thank u (you) so much sir. I look forward to working closely wid (with) Centre to make our capital city into a truly world class city."

'New kind of politics'

Kejriwal, in a brief address to supporters and party workers at AAP headquarters when the results began to crystallize in favour of his party, said a new kind of politics has emerged from the Delhi Assembly polls with people rewarding the party which built schools, hospitals and provided cheap electricity round-the-clock.

"Delhiites, you have done an amazing thing (Dilli walo aapne ne gazab kar diya). I love you," Kejriwal said. "It is a victory of all and every family who considered me their son and gave us a huge mandate. In the country today, Delhiites have given birth to a new kind of politics, which is called "kam ki rajniti" (politics of works)," Kejriwal, who won the New Delhi seat, said.

Constituency Const. No. Winning/Leading Candidate Leading Party Losing/Trailing Candidate Trailing Party Margin of votes
Adarsh Nagar 4 Pawan Sharma (Won) AAP Raj Kumar Bhatia BJP 1,589
Ambedkar Nagar (SC) 48 Ajay Dutt (Won) AAP Khushiram Chunar BJP 28,327
Babarpur 67 Gopal Rai (Won) AAP Naresh Gaur BJP 33,062
Badarpur 53 Ramvir Singh Bidhuri (Won) BJP Ram Singh Netaji AAP 3,719
Badli 5 Ajesh Yadav (Won) AAP Vijay Kumar Bhagat BJP 29,123
Ballimaran 22 Imran Hussain (Won) AAP Lata BJP 36,172
Bawana (SC) 7 Jai Bhagwan (Won) AAP Ravinder Kumar BJP 11,526
Bijwasan 36 Bhupinder Singh Joon (Won) AAP Sat Prakash Rana BJP 753
Burari 2 Sanjeev Jha (Won) AAP Shailendra Kumar JD(U) 88,158
Chandni Chowk 20 Parlad Singh Sawhney (Won) AAP Suman Kumar Gupta BJP 29,584
Chhatarpur 46 Kartar Singh Tanwar (Won) AAP Brahm Singh Tanwar BJP 3,720
Delhi Cantt 38 Virender Singh Kadian (Won) AAP Manish Singh BJP 10,590
Deoli (SC) 47 Prakash @ Prakash Jarwal (Won) AAP Arvind Kumar BJP 40,173
Dwarka 33 Vinay Mishra (Won) AAP Parduymn Rajput BJP 14,387
Gandhi Nagar 61 Anil Kumar Bajpai (Won) BJP Naveen Chaudhary AAP 6,079
Ghonda 66 Ajay Mahawar (Won) BJP Shridutt Sharma AAP 28,370
Gokalpur (SC) 68 Surendra Kumar (Won) AAP Ranjeet Singh BJP 19,488
Greater Kailash 50 Saurabh Bharadwaj (Won) AAP Shikha Roy BJP 16,809
Hari Nagar 28 Raj Kumari Dhillon (Won) AAP Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga BJP 20,131
Janakpuri 30 Rajesh Rishi (Won) AAP Ashish Sood BJP 14,917
Jangpura 41 Praveen Kumar (Won) AAP Impreet Singh Bakshi BJP 16,063
Kalkaji 51 Atishi (Won) AAP Dharambir Singh BJP 11,393
Karawal Nagar 70 Mohan Singh Bisht (Won) BJP Durgesh Pathak AAP 8,223
Karol Bagh (SC) 23 Vishesh Ravi (Won) AAP Yogender Chandoliya BJP 31,760
Kasturba Nagar 42 Madan Lal (Won) AAP Ravinder Choudhry BJP 3,165
Kirari 9 Rituraj Govind (Won) AAP Anil Jha BJP 5,654
Kondli (SC) 56 Kuldeep Kumar (Won) AAP Raj Kumar BJP 17,907
Krishna Nagar 60 S. K. Bagga (Advocate) (Won) AAP Dr. Anil Goyal BJP 3,995
Laxmi Nagar 58 Abhay Verma (Won) BJP Nitin Tyagi AAP 880
Madipur (SC) 26 Girish Soni (Won) AAP Kailash Sankla BJP 22,719
Malviya Nagar 43 Somnath Bharti (Won) AAP Shailender Singh BJP 18,144
Mangol Puri (SC) 12 Rakhi Birla (Won) AAP Karam Singh Karma BJP 30,116
Matia Mahal 21 Shoaib Iqbal (Won) AAP Ravinder Gupta BJP 50,241
Matiala 34 Gulab Singh (Won) AAP Rajesh Gahlot BJP 28,075
Mehrauli 45 Naresh Yadav (Won) AAP Kusum Khatri BJP 18,161
Model Town 18 Akhilesh Pati Tripathi (Won) AAP Kapil Mishra BJP 11,133
Moti Nagar 25 Shiv Charan Goel (Won) AAP Subhash Sachdeva BJP 14,072
Mundka 8 Dharampal Lakra (Won) AAP Azad Singh BJP 19,158
Mustafabad 69 Haji Yunus (Won) AAP Jagdish Pradhan BJP 20,704
Najafgarh 35 Kailash Gahlot (Won) AAP Ajeet Singh Kharkhari BJP 6,231
Nangloi Jat 11 Raghuvinder Shokeen (Won) AAP Suman Lata BJP 11,624
Narela 1 Sharad Kumar (Won) AAP Neel Daman Khatri BJP 17,429
New Delhi 40 Arvind Kejriwal (Won) AAP Sunil Kumar Yadav BJP 21,697
Okhla 54 Amanatullah Khan (Won) AAP Braham Singh BJP 71,827
Palam 37 Bhavna Gaur (Won) AAP Vijay Pandit BJP 32,765
Patel Nagar (SC) 24 Raaj Kumar Anand (Won) AAP Pravesh Ratn BJP 30,935
Patparganj 57 Manish Sisodia (Won) AAP Ravinder Singh Negi BJP 3,207
R K Puram 44 Pramila Tokas (Won) AAP Anil Kumar Sharma BJP 10,369
Rajinder Nagar 39 Raghav Chadha (Won) AAP Sardar R P Singh BJP 20,058
Rajouri Garden 27 A Dhanwati Chandela A (Won) AAP Ramesh Khanna BJP 22,972
Rithala 6 Mohinder Goyal (Won) AAP Manish Chaudhary BJP 13,873
Rohini 13 Vijender Kumar (Won) BJP Rajesh Nama Bansiwala AAP 12,648
Rohtas Nagar 64 Jitender Mahajan (Won) BJP Sarita Singh AAP 13,241
Sadar Bazar 19 Som Dutt (won) AAP Jai Parkash (J.P) BJP 25,644
Sangam Vihar 49 Dinesh Mohaniya (Won) AAP Shiv Charan Lal Gupta JD(U) 42,522
Seelampur 65 Abdul Rehman (Won) AAP Kaushal Kumar Mishra BJP 36,920
Seema Puri (SC) 63 Rajendra Pal Gautam (Won) AAP Sant Lal LJP 56,108
Shahdara 62 Ram Niwas Goel (Won) AAP Sanjay Goyal BJP 5,294
Shakur Basti 15 Satyendar Jain (Won) AAP Dr. S. C. Vats BJP 7,592
Shalimar Bagh 14 Bandana Kumari (Won) AAP Rekha Gupta BJP 3,440
Sultanpur Majra (SC) 10 Mukesh Kumar Ahlawat (Won) AAP Ram Chander Chawriya BJP 48,052
Tilak Nagar 29 Jarnail Singh (Won) AAP Rajiv Babbar BJP 28,029
Timarpur 3 Dilip Pandey (Won) AAP Surinder Pal Singh (Bittoo) BJP 24,144
Tri Nagar 16 Preeti Tomar (Won) AAP Tilak Ram Gupta BJP 10,710
Trilokpuri (SC) 55 Rohit Kumar (Won) AAP Kiran BJP 12,486
Tughlakabad 52 Sahiram (Won) AAP Vikram Bidhuri BJP 13,758
Uttam Nagar 32 Naresh Balyan (Won) AAP Krishan Gahlot BJP 19,759
Vikaspuri 31 Mahinder Yadav (Won) AAP Sanjay Singh BJP 42,058
Vishwas Nagar 59 Om Prakash Sharma (Won) BJP Deepak Singla AAP 16,457
Wazirpur 17 Rajesh Gupta (Won) AAP Dr. Mahender Nagpal BJP 11,690

AAP heavyweights survive scare

Among the AAP heavyweights who won the elections after close contests were Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Raghav Chaddha and Atishi. Delhi cabinet ministers Gopal Rai, Satyender Jain also were among prominent winners.  Sisodia, who led AAP's education reform efforts, defeated his BJP rival Ravinder Singh Negi by over 3,000 votes after an initial scare.

AAP's Okhla candidate Amanatullah Khan had a lead of 81,000 votes over BJP's Braham Singh. The city's Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Nagar fall under the Okhla constituency. Shaheen Bagh has become the epicentre of protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as women with young children have been on a sit-in protest there for nearly two months.

Seelampur, which also witnessed violence during an anti-CAA protest, saw AAP's Abdul Rehman emerging victorious against Kaushal Kumar Mishra of the BJP. Rehman defeated his rival by a margin of 25,000 votes. Rebel AAP leader Kapil Mishra, who had joined the saffron party, suffered a crushing defeat in the Model Town constituency at the hands of AAP's Akhilesh Pati Tripathi.

'Less blame game, more work'

Reacting to his party's defeat, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said people must have given the mandate after careful thinking. "Our vote percentage has increased from 32 percent to around 38 percent. We hope that there would be less blame game and more work," he told reporters.  Tiwari rejected the charge of Opposition that his party fought the polls on a "divisive" agenda.

"We do not practice politics of hatred, our principle is 'sabka saath sabka vikas'. In elections much is talked about as per emerging developments. But, we would never want that some people block a road for protest and cause problems to others. We opposed it (Shaheen Bagh road block) in the past and still do," Tiwari said. Some BJP leaders also cited lack of a chief ministerial face, organisational shortcomings, failure to reach out to voters in unauthorised colonies and JJ clusters, and differences of leaders in Delhi party unit as possible reasons for the party's "humiliating" defeat. Tiwari, however, said the causes of BJP's debacle will be "reviewed" on the party forum.

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Tuesday said "freebies" given out by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led to its massive victory in the Delhi Assembly polls. outcome, Talking to reports, Vijayvargiya said, "The issue was about freebies. Kejriwal will say from where the issue of development came into the elections? Freebies announced, especially during the last six months, in Delhi have had an impact on these elections."

Queried on whether the BJP's defeat also stemmed from the party not projecting a CM candidate, he said it was a matter of discussion, though he added "We have formed governments even in the states where we had not declared a CM face during the poll campaign.""We have formed governments in Haryana and Tripura," he pointed out.

BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain alleged that the party's poor show was due to Congress "shifting" its votes to the AAP in the elections. "BJP is the only party which has gained and our seat tally increased while even the number of AAP seats has gone down. Congress shifted its vote to the AAP yet we gave a good fight," Hussain told reporters at the Delhi BJP office.

Congress falls to nadir

In the first Assembly polls held in Delhi in 1993, the saffron party had bagged 42.82 percent votes. It secured 34.02 percent votes in 1998 and 35.22 percent votes in 2003. It bagged 36.34 percent votes in 2008, 33.07 percent votes in 2013 and 32.19 percent votes in 2015. However, the worst-hit was the Congress, which entered campaign mode much later than its opponents, with its vote share dipping further to 4.3 percent. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were among those who campaigned for the Congress.

The grand old party was in power in the National Capital from 1998 to 2013. In the 1993 Assembly polls, it had secured 34.48 percent votes. When it captured power in Delhi in 1998, it had bagged 47.76 percent votes, followed by 48.13 percent and 40.31 percent votes in 2003 and 2008. In 2013, its vote share fell nearly by half to 24.55 percent and the party managed to win only eight seats. The Congress's vote share dipped further to 9.65 percent in 2015 and to 4.27 percent in 2020. NOTA (none of the above) registered a 0.46-percent vote share. The Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), led by Mayawati, had fielded 68 candidates in the National Capital. It bagged a mere 0.71 percent votes.

Opposition takes shots at BJP

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, in an apparent dig at the prime minister, said "jan ki baat" won over 'mann ki baat'. "There is a (BJP-led central) government in Delhi with so-called nationalistic views, which used the entire machinery and force in the Delhi Assembly polls but failed before the broom. Kejriwal was termed as a terrorist. Instead of focusing on local issues, they (BJP) tried to bring in international issues and change people's minds, but failed. The people of Delhi have stood firmly behind Kejriwal for his honesty and willingness to work for their betterment," Thackeray said, albeit without mentioning the BJP.

"There were some people who were under the illusion that they are the only ones who love the nation while all political opponents are anti-nationals. The people of Delhi have shown such people their place," the Shiv Sena chief said. Thackeray congratulated Kejriwal and people of Delhi on behalf of Maharashtra and the Shiv Sena and wished them good luck.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the results of the Delhi elections indicated that "winds of change" were blowing in the country. "The series of BJP's defeat in elections will not stop now," he added. "The BJP, as usual, played the communal card to polarise votes, but failed. The Delhi Assembly poll contest was only between the Aam Aadmi Party and BJP, hence one might claim the saffron party's vote share is soaring," Pawar said. He said the Delhi poll results indicated that the "winds of change" are blowing in the country. "The results are not surprising to me," he said.

The elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly were held on 8 February. A total of 672 candidates, including 593 men and 79 women, were in the fray. While Kejriwal was the star campaigner for the AAP, Prime Minister Modi, Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath were among those who extensively campaigned for the BJP.

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NEP at par with global standards, no need for students to spend on foreign education, says Ramesh Pokhriyal

Addressing a webinar organised by IIT-Kharagpur, Union education minister said the country has a robust education system equipped with high quality research facilities

Arvind Kejriwal demands 'complete rollback' of farm laws at AAP protest in Delhi's Jantar Mantar
India

Arvind Kejriwal demands 'complete rollback' of farm laws at AAP protest in Delhi's Jantar Mantar

The Delhi Police later said they detained AAP MP Bhagwant Mann and over a hundred protesting workers after they started "getting agitated"