Delhi election exit polls highlights: Kejriwal-led AAP set to retain power

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at Civil Line polling station. Photo: PTI
Delhi election LIVE updates: TV exits polls predicted the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will return to power in Delhi after elections ended on Saturday with more than 55 per cent turnout.

If AAP retains power, it will be the third straight electoral setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which lost power in Jharkhand and Maharashtra last year. The BJP last formed a government in Delhi in 1998 and its campaign was marked by controversial speeches. Junior finance minister Anurag Thakur was barred from campaigning by the Election Commission after he exhorted crowds to shoot so-called traitors to the nation, alluding to those protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act. The city saw at least three shooting attacks near the protest site ahead of the poll.

The Congress, India’s main Opposition party, relied on the influence of a set of high-profile candidates and the legacy of its leader Sheila Dikshit, who governed the city for 15 years before being voted out in 2013.

 
Delhi election results will be declared on February 11 (Tuesday).

9:32 PM IST Subhash Chopra said BJP will not get even 20 seats & Kejriwal is not going to form govt in Delhi, according to ANI.

9:29 PM IST Saurabh Bhardwaj, AAP leader, takes a jibe at Manoj Tiwari Saurabh Bhardwaj, AAP: The exit poll has two meanings. One, it is exit poll for #DelhiElections2020 and the other is that it is an exit poll for Manoj Tiwari. He will soon get an exit as Delhi BJP Chief and he knows this very well. https://t.co/ZRJ4lsi4qd pic.twitter.com/R4iQYrXclB — ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2020

9:19 PM IST Aam Aadmi Party leader and Education Minsiter Manish Sisodia congratualed his party workers. He also said the party will be winning with huge margins.

8:58 PM IST On a sit-in for over a month against the Citizenship Amendment Act, women protesters at Shaheen Bagh voted in batches on Saturday so that the agitation remains unaffected.   While some of the women voted in the morning, others chose to get their fingers inked in the afternoon and the remaining in the evening.  

8:39 PM IST Union Home Minister Amit Shah calls meeting of BJP’s seven Lok Sabha MPs in Delhi after exit poll predictions, say TV reports. The party holds all Lok Sabha seats in Delhi.  

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7:13 PM IST Exit polls for the Delhi assembly election on Saturday forecast a comfortable victory for the ruling Aam Aadmi Party despite a likely rise in tally for the BJP in the 70-member House.   The Times Now-Ipsos exit polls predicted that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will retain his chair with the AAP winning 44 seats against 26 for the BJP.   The Republic-Jan ki Baat survey gave the AAP 48-61 seats and the BJP 9-21 seats.   The TV9 Bharatvarsh-Cicero predicted 54 seats for the AAP, 15 for the BJP and one for the Congress.   The exit polls predicted little improvement in the fortunes of the Congress which could not bag any seat in the 2015 polls.   The AAP had scored an overwhelming victory in the 2015 polls, winning 67 seats and reducing the BJP to three.

7:06 PM IST "Ballot over bullets" and "jobs over freebies" were among the priorities for many of the first-time voters who queued up at polling booths, excited to exercise their franchise.   Also among the first-time voters were Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's son Rehan, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's son Pulkit Kejriwal and Congress leader Ajay Maken's son Aujaswi Maken.   "I kept those at the lowest strata who are just able to make their ends meet in mind before I pressed the (EVM) button. The new-generation electorate would vote for equality, development, healthcare, education and clean air," said 21-year-old Akshay Singh.   Praveen Punj, a first-time voter at Tilak Nagar polling booth said, "We can't fight these forces with bullets. Even if they fire, we should not. They can only be fought with ballot. Happy to have made my contribution for the first time." He also posted a selfie on social media showing his inked finger with a caption "ballot over bullets #firsttime".   "Employment should be the topmost agenda for any voter to decide. Rest everything is secondary. Light, water... whatever amenities, even if they are expensive they can be availed if there is income. So my vote is for jobs rather than freebies," said Prahalad Kumar, a first-time voter in Nangloi.   Standing in a queue outside a polling booth in Chandni Chowk constituency Rahul and his friend Karan, both first-time voters, said they were going to vote for development.

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Delhi Congress President Subhash Chopra says, all exit polls are going to fail

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Aam Aadmi Party leader and Education Minsiter Manish Sisodia congratualed his party workers. He also said the party will be winning with huge margins.



Shaheen Bagh: Women protesters vote in batches to keep agitation alive

On a sit-in for over a month against the Citizenship Amendment Act, women protesters at Shaheen Bagh voted in batches on Saturday so that the agitation remains unaffected.
 
While some of the women voted in the morning, others chose to get their fingers inked in the afternoon and the remaining in the evening.

 

Amit Shah calls meeting of BJP's Delhi MPs after exit poll predictions

Union Home Minister Amit Shah calls meeting of BJP’s seven Lok Sabha MPs in Delhi after exit poll predictions, say TV reports. The party holds all Lok Sabha seats in Delhi.
 
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Delhi Assembly Election 2020: Exit polls


Exit polls post a comfortable victory for Kejriwal-led AAP

Exit polls for the Delhi assembly election on Saturday forecast a comfortable victory for the ruling Aam Aadmi Party despite a likely rise in tally for the BJP in the 70-member House.
 
The Times Now-Ipsos exit polls predicted that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will retain his chair with the AAP winning 44 seats against 26 for the BJP.
 
The Republic-Jan ki Baat survey gave the AAP 48-61 seats and the BJP 9-21 seats.
 
The TV9 Bharatvarsh-Cicero predicted 54 seats for the AAP, 15 for the BJP and one for the Congress.
 
The exit polls predicted little improvement in the fortunes of the Congress which could not bag any seat in the 2015 polls.
 
The AAP had scored an overwhelming victory in the 2015 polls, winning 67 seats and reducing the BJP to three.

'Ballot over bullets', 'jobs over freebies': First-time voters' priorities for Delhi polls

"Ballot over bullets" and "jobs over freebies" were among the priorities for many of the first-time voters who queued up at polling booths, excited to exercise their franchise.
 
Also among the first-time voters were Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's son Rehan, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's son Pulkit Kejriwal and Congress leader Ajay Maken's son Aujaswi Maken.
 
"I kept those at the lowest strata who are just able to make their ends meet in mind before I pressed the (EVM) button. The new-generation electorate would vote for equality, development, healthcare, education and clean air," said 21-year-old Akshay Singh.
 
Praveen Punj, a first-time voter at Tilak Nagar polling booth said, "We can't fight these forces with bullets. Even if they fire, we should not. They can only be fought with ballot. Happy to have made my contribution for the first time." He also posted a selfie on social media showing his inked finger with a caption "ballot over bullets #firsttime".
 
"Employment should be the topmost agenda for any voter to decide. Rest everything is secondary. Light, water... whatever amenities, even if they are expensive they can be availed if there is income. So my vote is for jobs rather than freebies," said Prahalad Kumar, a first-time voter in Nangloi.
 
Standing in a queue outside a polling booth in Chandni Chowk constituency Rahul and his friend Karan, both first-time voters, said they were going to vote for development.

Delhi election exit poll result: AAP likely to bag 49-63 seats, according to ABP-CVoter

AAP: 49-63
BJP: 5-19
Congress: 0-4

District-wise polling percentage till 5 pm

North west- 58.69%
North east- 63.41%
South- 56.52%
Central- 56.59%
South west- 58.51%
East- 57.89%
West- 57.24%
North- 58.15%
New Delhi- 50.73%
Shahdara- 61.96%
South East- 55.93%

Republic exit poll result: AAP to retain Delhi with 48-61 seats

The Republic channel, in its exit poll, has predicted that Arvind Kejriwal may yet again get to rule Delhi. AAPis predicted to win 48-61 seats. The BJP may win 9-21 seats and the Congress 0-1.

Delhi election exit polls by India Today-Axis My India Projected seat share: North West Delhi

AAP to get 7-9, BJP may bag 1-3 seats


Delhi election exit polls by NDTV Poll of Polls

Delhi election exit polls by NDTV  Poll of Polls
 
AAP: 50
BJP: 19
Congress: 1

Delhi election exit polls by Jan Ki Baat

AAP: 48-61
BJP: 9-21
Congress: 0-1

Delhi election exit polls by Times Now

AAP: 44
BJP: 26
Congress: 0

Delhi election exit polls by Sudarshan News

AAP: 40-45
BJP: 24-28
Congress: 2-3

Delhi election exit polls by NewsX Polstrat

NewsX Polstrat
 
AAP: 50-56
BJP: 10-14
Congress: 0

Delhi election exit polls: AAP likely to sweep Delhi

Majority of exit polls predict
 
AAP: 49
BJP: 20
Congress: 1

Delhi election exit polls by India TV

AAP: 44
BJP: 26
Congress: 0

Delhi election exit polls by India Today-Axis My India

Projected seat share: West Delhi
 
AAP: 9-10 seats
BJP: 1-0
Congress: 0

Delhi Assembly Election 2020: Voter turnout district-wise


New Delhi records highest jump in voter turnout

According to the 5 pm data released by the Election Commission, two districts — New Delhi and Central — recorded a jump in voting figures from 4 pm. The voter turnout in the New Delhi shot up to 44.09 from 37.26 per cent while in Central Delhi it increased from 38.41 to 44.74 per cent. 

Delhi polls: Children accompany parents to polling booths, curious about EVMs and indelible ink

How is the ink applied on fingers before voting? How does an EVM look like? What is the atmosphere inside polling stations? These were the queries by teenagers and children who tagged along with their parents and grandparents in their visit to polling booths on voting day in the national capital.
 
While many flocked the photo booths at some polling stations and joined their parents in selfies, many others wanted to see the voting process.
 
"My eight-year-old son is very curious about the election process. I had even taken him to visit the poll museum at Chief Electoral Office a few months ago, but he was excited to see it live today," said Reema Bajaj, a private school teacher.
 
Four-year-old twin brothers, Ridhan and Vidhan, accompanied their grandparents to a model polling booth in West Delhi's Kirti Nagar.
 
"They are too young to understand the significance of voting but at least they will know it by the time they are eligible to vote that they should not miss. Today, for them it's a new experience to look around," said Ramesh Gulati, a businessman.
 
The polling booths, decked up with balloons and banners of "festival of democracy", were a centre of attraction for the children.

Delhi election exit polls: What a loss would mean for Amit Shah

Shah has pressed most of his party MPs to action, called almost all BJP Chief Ministers to campaign against Arvind Kejriwal. From Vijay Rupani to Devendra Fadnavis, Biplab Deb to Shivraj Singh Chouhan -- all big faces of the party were seen holding road shows, street corner meetings and even mingling with Delhites with one intent -- to defeat the AAP.
 
Members of Parliament from Assam, West Bengal, Karnataka were used in areas dominated by Assamese, Bengali and Kannadigas, respectively. In that way, Shah has gone way too far in his fight, to ensure a BJP's win.
 
The fight has been unequal with a state party and its CM on one side and the might of the BJP and its top guns on the other. While a win will reassert Amit Shah as indeed the Virat Kohli that BJP can bet upon, a loss will be less of a party and more of Shah's ego.

Exit polls soon: What a loss would mean for Arvind Kejriwal, AAP

A loss for AAP will mean existential crisis:
 
A loss for the Aam Aadmi Party will mean an existential crisis. The party that once was aspiring to be a national party has been cuckooned in the national capital.
 
In 2014, AAP won Patiala, Sangrur, Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib. In 2017, the party hoped big in Punjab election but a resurgent Amarinder Singh of the Congress thwarted its advancs. Though, it emerged as an opposition with a strong foothold in Punjab's Malwa region, animated infighting led the party to its non significant existence.
 
Come 2019 general election, AAP's remaining influence in Punjab was flushed away when it won just one seat across India, from Punjab's Sangrur -- Bhagwant Mann. Though Arvind Kejriwal took a shot by fielding candidates from Delhi, Chandigarh, Bihar, Goa, Punjab, Andaman and Nicobar, Haryana, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh; just one won.
 
AAP recorded its highest vote share in the national capital at 18.10 per cent, in 2019 general election. This alone speaks volumes of how limited the party has been. Moreover, Kejriwal left state faces like Anjali Damania or Mayank Gandhi who could cultivate local talents for the party, disillusioned.
 
So, if AAP loses Delhi on February 11, it will be it's political epitaph.

Shaheen Bagh: Women protesters vote in batches to keep agitation alive

On a sit-in for over a month against the Citizenship Amendment Act, women protesters at Shaheen Bagh voted in batches on Saturday so that the agitation remains unaffected.
 
While some of the women voted in the morning, others chose to get their fingers inked in the afternoon and the remaining in the evening.
 
Mehzabeen Qureshi, who returned to the protest site after voting said, "I stayed at home to let other women in the house go out and vote. Now I have joined them here at Shaheen Bagh after voting. I voted today to secure democracy".
 
Zaheeda Khan, another resident of Shaheen Bagh, said they decided to vote in batches.
 
"The women here had decided a day before voting that some of them would go out for voting in the morning, while others will stay back for chores. The others will go in the afternoon and then come back to the protest site.
 
"By the evening, we will be a full house again, all geared up to continue our protest," she said.
Union Minister Giriraj Singh on AAP alleging that he distributed money to influence voters: I had just gone to the shop to buy some stuff. The shopkeeper is a known person. It has been done to raise an issue of Bihari vs non-Bihari.

Arvind Kejriwal's constituency records low voter turnout till 4 pm

Voter turnout in Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's constituency in the national capital did not cross the half-way mark till 4 pm on Saturday.
 
"The voter turnout is low because people have used the election day holiday as an opportunity to go out of station and relax," a voter said outside the polling station in New Delhi constituency.
 
The voter turnout in Kejriwal's constituency stood at 37. 45 per cent at 4 p.m. In 2015 Assembly elections, the total turnout in New Delhi constituency was 64.72 per cent.
 
Another resident of Lodhi estate area contended that there is a clear picture as to who is going to form the government and hence voter turnout would not impact the overall result.
 
Jawala Devi (90), who lives behind Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi's residence in a make-shift structure, said that every citizen should exercise his/her franchise for the betterment of the country.
 
"I have been casting vote from the last 60 years. Everyone should vote," said Devi.
 
Kejriwal, who is seeking another term from the New Delhi constituency, cast his vote along with his father, mother, wife and son at a polling booth in Rajpura Transport Authority in Civil Lines area amid tight security.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Delhi Assembly elections. Photo by Dalip Kumar


Voters stand in queue to cast their vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at a polling station, at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi. Photo by: Dalip Kumar


Delhi records 41.5 per cent voter turnout till 3 pm

Voting percentage improved slightly to over 41 per cent by 3 pm as Delhiites queued up to cast their votes for the Assembly election on Saturday, poll officials said.
 
The turnout was low considering that only three hours of voting hours were left, they said.
 
The polling was smooth and police maintained a strict vigil in sensitive areas.
 
Delhi Police personnel, along with paramilitary force, conducted flag marches in sensitive areas of northeast Delhi, Shahdara and east Delhi.

Delhi election 2020: Senior CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat after casting his vote at Sanchar Bhawan.


Delhi election 2020: Voters show their inked fingers after casting votes during at a polling station in Khureji Khas. Photo: PTI


Delhi election: District-wise vote percentage till 4 pm


Delhi election: District-wise vote percentage till 4 pm


Delhi police lend helping hands to elderly voters, earn kudos

Police personnel posted at polling booths across Delhi on Saturday received appreciation for assisting senior citizens and differently-abled people to cast their votes in the 70-Assembly constituencies in the city that went to polls.
 
The initiative of the Election Commission to provide special arrangements for differently abled voters and senior citizen hailed by the Twitterati.
 
The special arrangements were made to aid the differently-abled voters and senior citizens in casting their votes in 13,750 polling booths at 2,689 locations across the capital.
 
Taking to the Twitter handle @DelhiPolice wrote, "Helping the citizens in exercising their democratic right. #DelhiElections2020"
People wait in queues to cast their votes at Shaheen Public School polling station in the Shaheen Bagh area, which has been witnessing a peaceful protest against the Citizenship Act for several weeks, during the Delhi Assembly elections. Photo: PTI

Delhi election: Kejriwal, Irani trade barbs

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union minister Smriti Irani traded barbs on Twitter on Saturday after the AAP leader issued a "special appeal" to woman voters and asked them to discuss with men as to who could be the right choice for votes.
 
Irani, a BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP, took a swipe at Kejriwal, asking if he does not consider women capable enough to decide for themselves who to vote for.
 
"Must go to vote. A special appeal to all women. As you take care of your family, there is another responsibility on your shoulder which is of the country as well as Delhi. All women must vote and also take men of their family for it. You also must discuss with men who will be the right choice (for votes)," Kejriwal tweeted minutes before the polling for electing the Delhi assembly began.
 
Irani retorted, "Don't you consider women so capable that they could decide themselves who to vote for?" She also used a hashtag, projecting him as anti-women.
 
Kejriwal soon hit back at her, saying the women of Delhi have decided who to vote for.
 
"And this time in Delhi, women have decided their family's choice for votes. After all they have to run their household," he added.

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NDA govt incompetent in managing the economy: Chidambaram

The BJP-led NDA government has proved to be incompetent and helpless in managing the economy, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram alleged on Saturday.
 
Hitting out at the Centre, Chidambaram, who spoke on the Union Budget at a programme organised by the party here, alleged the Modi government was like a helpless doctor who failed to diagnose the illness of a patient and treat him effectively.
 
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Taapsee Pannu shuts down troll targeting her for casting vote in Delhi elections

Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu on Saturday blasted a social media user who targeted her for casting vote in Delhi Assembly elections even after shifting to Mumbai for work.
 
Taapsee, who is looking forward to the release of her film "Thappad", posted a picture with her family on Twitter after casting the vote and urging her fans to do the same.
 
One of the social media users criticised the actor for not getting her name transferred to the voting list in Mumbai, where she works as an actor.
 
"Why are people who live in Mumbai deciding for us, it's been quite a long time since @taapsee shifted to Mumbai. She should get her vote shifted too," the comment read.
 
In a lengthy reply, Taapsee said no one has the right to question her citizenship as she is "more of a Delhite than a lot of others who might just be living here but probably don't contribute".
 
"I am living in Delhi as much if not more than Mumbai. My income is taxed through Delhi... Kindly don't question my citizenship, worry about yours n your contribution to it.

Delhi election 2020: A protestor, holding a tricolour, shows her ink-marked finger after casting vote

A protestor, holding a tricolour, shows her ink-marked finger after casting vote for the Delhi Assembly elections, at the site of their peaceful agitation against the Citizenship Act, in Shaheen Bagh. Photo: PTI

Former President Pranab Mukherjee cast his vote at a polling station at Kamraj lane in New Delhi Constituency


Delhi election 2020: Priyanka Gandhi, Robert Vadra show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote at a polling station


Delhi election 2020: Priyanka Gandhi, Robert Vadra show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote at a polling station


Delhi election 2020: Sharp drop in Delhi's voter turnout vs 2015

As of 3 pm, the voter turnout was recorded at 30 per cent, a huge 14 per cent drop since 2015.

Delhi election 2020: Voting underway

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora casts his vote. Photo: PTI

Delhi elections: A first time voter shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote at a polling station, in Old Delhi. Photo: PTI


AAP's Sanjay Singh slams Manoj Tiwari for calling Kejriwal 'Nakli Bhakt'

The BJP is still living in ancient times when untouchability prevailed in the society, said AAP leader Sanjay Singh over Manoj Tiwari's remarks on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
 
"The BJP looks at the Chief Minister of Delhi with a sense of untouchability. This is a very degrading and insensitive. Still, you are living in those times where Dalits were not allowed to enter temples. I don't think that even Lord Ram can save the BJP," said Singh, the AAP's lawmaker in Rajya Sabha.

RSS leaders cast vote, appeal citizens to vote judiciously

Top functionaries of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Saturday came out to cast their votes to bring "big change" in Delhi.
 
Coming out of a polling station in Jhandewalan's Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, RSS Sah Sarkaryawah Krishna Gopal made an appeal for a record voting in this Assembly polls.
 
"Voting should be 100 per cent. Voters should vote consciously. Vichaar karke matdaan kare," stated the RSS functionary while showing his inked finger.

AAP worker abused me, says Alka Lamba after trying to slap him

After she tried to slap an AAP worker outside a polling booth, Congress leader Alka Lamba on Saturday alleged that he abused her first.
 
"Election Commission allows every candidate to visit polling booths and meet poll officials. When I came out of the polling booth, AAP candidate's son was arguing with the police to allow him inside the booth. AAP worker Harmish abused me. I know him for the past many years. Later, Delhi Police took him to the police station," Lamba told ANI.
 

Anti-CAA, NRC protestors will be defeated, says RSS leader

Taking a swipe at those protesting against CAA-NRC, senior RSS functionary Ram Lal on Saturday said those shouting "kagaz nahin dikhayenge" would be defeated in the Delhi assembly election as he appealed to people to show documents while voting.
 
Talking to reporters after casting his vote at a polling booth in Nirman Bhawan, Lal asked voters to keep in mind who can make Delhi the best capital city in the world.
 

Delhi election 2020: New Delhi records 21.65% voter turnout till 2pm

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Delhi election 2020: District-wise voter turnout till 2pm

Disctrict-wise voter turnout: 

North West: 28.26%
North East: 34.82%
South: 26.71%
Central: 25.36%
South West: 26.38%
East: 31.31%
West: 26.77

Delhi election: People wait in queues to cast their votes for Delhi Assembly elections, at a polling station at Batla House


Delhi polls: Bharatanatyam dancer Aranyani votes for harmony, peace

Bharatanatyam dancer Aranyani Bhargav patiently waited in a queue for her turn to vote, occasionally cradling her nine-month-old child in a baby carrier strapped to her body.
 
Three generations of the Bhargav family were at the polling booth at Nirman Bhavan in central Delhi on Saturday.
 
The Kohl-eyed, 34-year-old artistic director, accompanied by her parents Rajeev Bhargav and Tani Bhargav, said she has chosen development over the issue of nationalism.
 
"I voted for the development of Delhi, harmony and peace... I am against people pitching one community against another," she said.
 
"I believe in a peaceful, secular and inclusive India. If we stick only to our own community, it would be very difficult for someone like who is from north India to practise Bharatnatyam which is a south Indian dance form," she said.

Raihan Rajiv Vadra: Everyone should exercise their right to vote

Raihan Rajiv Vadra, son of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra: It was a nice feeling to take part in the democratic process. Everyone should exercise their right to vote; I think everyone should have access to public transport and it should be subsidized for students. 

Delhi election: Wrestler Sushil Kumar after casting his vote at a polling booth in Baprola village


Delhi election: Voter turnout district wise

Voters stand in queues to cast their vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at a polling station, in Khazoori Khas area of Delhi. Photo: PTI


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In this picture, voters are standing in a queue to cast their vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at a polling station, in Uttam Nagar area of New Delhi.
Delhi election: Elderly voters show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote at a polling station, in Kashmiri Gate area. Photo: PTI

Voters stand in a queue to cast their vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at a polling station, in Uttam Nagar. Photo: PTI


Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa casts votes in Chanakyapuri

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"It is extremely important for people not only to exercise their right to vote as a right but as a duty towards democracy. So, as an Election Commissioner, I hope that people will come out and exercise their right and also perform their duty towards democracy," said Lavasa while speaking to ANI.
 
On being asked about the polling stations in Shaheen Bagh declared as 'critical' Lavasa added that all due arrangements have been ensured in the area and polling is going on smoothly.

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Manmohan Singh casts his vote at Nirman Bhawan

Delhi election 2020: A burqa clad voter shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote. Photo: PTI


Delhi election: An elderly couple show their inked fingers outside a polling station at CR Park


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Congress's Chandni Chowk candidate Alka Lamba on Saturday got into an altercation with an AAP worker outside a polling booth, a purported video of which has gone viral.
 
The video shows Lamba arguing with the AAP worker. She can be then seen trying to slap the man, but misses.
 
Lamba alleged that the man used "very foul" and objectional language against her.
 
The Chandni Chowk MLA was outside one of the polling booths in her constituency.
 
Voting is underway for the Delhi Assembly elections.

President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote. Photo: PTI


Delhi election: President Ram Nath Kovind casts his vote at Rashtrapati Bhavan complex polling station. Photo: PTI


Delhi election: Voters wait in queues outside the Abul Kalam Azad school polling station in Shaheen Bagh area, which has been witnessing a peaceful protest against the Citizenship Act for several weeks

A groom and his family members after casting their votes for Delhi Assembly elections, at a polling station in east Delhi. Photo: PTI


Delhi election: BJP MP Vijay Goel and his wife Preeti Goel show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote. Photo: PTI

Delhi election: BJP MP Vijay Goel and his wife Preeti Goel show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote. Photo: PTI

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora after casting his vote at Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi assembly constituency


Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and his wife Neelu Chandra cast their vote at polling booth number 99 in New Moti Bagh.


Delhi election LIVE: Key politicians exercise franchise

Key politicians including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday queued up outside polling booths to exercise their franchise for Assembly polls in the national capital.
 
Jaishankar cast his vote at NDMC School of Science and Humanities Education at Tuglak Cresent whereas Kejriwal along with his wife - Sunita Kejriwal, mother and son, a first-time voter, cast their votes at a booth in Civil Lines.
 
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Manish Sisodia, Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Delhi parliamentarians including Manoj Tiwari, Vijay Goel, Parvesh Verma and Meenakshi Lekhi also voted in the national capital.
 
The city is witnessing a triangular contest among the ruling AAP, which won a landslide majority in the last elections, the BJP and the Congress. In the last poll, the AAP had won 67 seats, the BJP 3. Congress didn't open its account.
 
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is hoping to retain power for the second consecutive term. Similarly, the BJP is hopeful to gain a majority by cashing in on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Delhi election 2020: Know about Bawana (SC) Assembly Constituency

In the 2020 Delhi Assembly election, the key candidates in the Bawana constituency are Jai Bhagwan Upkar of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Ravindra Kumar Indraj of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Surender Kumar of the Indian National Congress.

A poor show in Delhi election be another blow to Modi's Hindu-nationalist BJP

A poor showing in the capital this weekend could be another blow to Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after it lost control of Maharashtra state, whose capital is Mumbai, late last year.
 
Modi appealed to voters to exercise their franchise. "Urging the people of Delhi, especially my young friends, to vote in record numbers," he wrote on Twitter.

Hopeful of AAP forming govt in Delhi for third time, says Arvind Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said he is hopeful that the Aam Aadmi Party would form government for the third time in Delhi.
 
The people of Delhi will vote based on the work done by the AAP government, Kejriwal said after voting along with his wife Sunita and son Pulkit at a polling booth in the Civil Lines area.
 
"Voted along with my family, including my first-time voter son. Urge all young voters to come out to vote. Your participation strengthens democracy," Kejriwal tweeted.
Pulkit said he felt good after voting for the first time.
 
He said whoever people choose will become the chief minister of Delhi when asked if his father will be the CM again.
 
In the morning on Twitter, Kejriwal appealed to women to go to vote and take men of their family along.
 
"Must go to vote. Special appeal to all women. As you take care of your family, there is another responsibility on your shoulder which is of country as well as Delhi.

Delhi election: 14.75% turn in first three hours

Delhi recorded 14.75 per cent voter turnout in the first three hours of polling on Saturday with long queues of voters being seen outside many booths as the day progressed.
 
Over 1.47 crore people are eligible to exercise their franchise in the polls that will decide the fate of 672 candidates in 70 assembly constituencies which are seeing a triangular contest among the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), opposition BJP and the Congress.
 
Poll officials said 14.75 per cent votes were cast in the first three hours of voting, which began at 8 am.
 
Polling will end at 6 pm, an official said.

BJP mocking me ever since I recited 'Hanuman Chalisa': Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday alleged that the BJP has been mocking him ever since he recited the 'Hanuman Chalisa' on a TV channel.
 
Taking to Twitter after casting his vote for the Delhi assembly elections, Kejriwal sought to know what kind of politics the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is doing.
 
"Ever since I have recited the 'Hanuman Chalisa' on a TV channel, the BJP is constantly mocking me. Yesterday, I went to a Hanuman Temple.
 
"Today, BJP leaders are saying that the temple has turned impure by his visit. What kind of politics is this? God belongs to all. God blesses everyone, including those in the BJP," Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.
 
On Friday, Kejriwal along with his wife offered prayers at the famous Hanuman Temple near Connaught Place.

Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani and his daughter Pratibha Advani cast their vote at a polling booth on Aurangzeb lane


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi leaves after casting his vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at Aurangzeb lane polling station. Photo: New Delhi

Sonia Gandhi accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi leaves after casting her vote during the Delhi Assembly elections. Photo: PTI


Delhi election: BJP MP Gautam Gambhir along with his wife Natasha Jain and family members show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at Old Rajinder Nagar polling station. Photo: PTI

Don't be lazy, come out and vote, says Priyanka Gandhi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra: Everyone should come out and vote. It is extremely important. Don't be lazy.

Taapsee Pannu casts vote with family, says 'every vote counts'


Delhi election: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Rahul cast vote New Delhi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi on Saturday cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly elections.
 
Sonia Gandhi, who was unwell and discharged from a hospital here this week, voted at the Nirman Bhavan polling station.
 
She was accompanied by her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
 
Rahul Gandhi cast his vote at the NP Senior Secondary School in Aurangzeb Lane. 
110-year-old Kalitara Mandal, shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at Chittaranjan Park polling station.

Delhi election: Congress president Sonia Gandhi accompanied by party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Delhi election: Congress president Sonia Gandhi accompanied by party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrives at Nirman Bhawan polling station to cast her vote during the Delhi Assembly elections. Photo: PTI

Voting in Delhi underway; CM Kejriwal, former VP Hamid Ansari cast vote

Voting for the assembly elections in Delhi is underway with people queuing up outside polling booths since early Saturday morning undeterred by the chilly weather.
 
Over 14.7 million people are eligible to exercise their franchise in the polls that will decide the fate of 672 candidates in 70 assembly constituencies which are seeing a triangular contest among the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), opposition BJP and the Congress.
 
Poll officials said 3.66 per cent votes were cast in the first hour of voting, which began at 8 am.
 
Former vice president Hamid Ansari and BJP national secretary Ram Lal were among those who queued up outside the Nirman Bhavan polling station in the first hour of voting.

New Delhi: Voters show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at Jamia Nagar polling station, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI


Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and his wife Seema Sisodia Singh show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at Pandav Nagar polling station, in East Delhi. Photo: PTI
Delhi election: A wheelchair bound voter shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at Old Rajinder Nagar polling station. Photo: PTI
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at Nirman Bhawan polling station. Photo: PTI
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at Civil Line polling station. Photo: PTI
BJP West Delhi MP Parvesh Verma and his wife Swati Singh Verma show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at Matiala polling station, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
 A polling official applies indelible ink on the finger of a voter during the Delhi Assembly elections at Old Rajinder Nagar polling station, in New Delhi, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.

50% of Delhi population received electricity subsidy in FY20 under AAP

Around 50 per cent of the population of Delhi have had subsidised electricity bills in the current financial year, which is a record of sorts.
 
Half the subsidised population received zero electricity bills during the past five months. This is the highest number receiving subsidy in the last five years of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP’s) governance in Delhi. Since it came to power, AAP has consistently pushed for reduction in electricity rates every year.

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Delhi needs same development like country, says Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that the national capital needs the same development as that of the country and expressed confidence that his party BJP will win over 45 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly.
 
"I believe that people will change the government in Delhi and will make BJP win. Delhi needs the same development as that of the nation. We will definitely win more than 45 seats," Javadekar told reporters.
 
The city is witnessing a triangular contest among the ruling AAP, which won a landslide majority in the last elections, the BJP and the Congress. In the last poll, the AAP had won 67 seats, the BJP 3. Congress didn't open its account.
Delhi Election: BJP National Vice President Shyam Jaju (R) and his son Sandesh Jaju show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting their vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at Nirman Bhawan polling station, in New Delhi, Saturday, Feb 8, 2020. Photo: PTI

Former vice-president Hamid Ansari at Nirman Bhawan polling station, in New Delhi, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Photo: PTI


Former vice-president Hamid Ansari (L), senior RSS leader Ram Lal (2L) along with others sand in a queue to cast their vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at Nirman Bhawan polling station, in New Delhi, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Photo: PTI

Delhi election: Oldest woman voter in Delhi gets inked at 111

Centenarian Kalitara Mandal, the oldest voter in Delhi, on Saturday cast her vote and urged people to take part in the democratic exercise.
 
Aged 111, she came to a polling station in CR Park along with her son, grandson and other family members. She flashed her inked wrinkled finger to photographers after voting.
 
"I am happy to vote in this election. I don't remember how many elections I have taken part in, but as a responsible citizen, we must vote. I urge other citizens to also come out and vote," Mandal told PTI.
 
Born in undivided India in Barisal (now in Bangladesh) in 1908, Mandal has seen the subcontinent go through turbulent phases many times, including two partitions, and lived "twice as a refugee" in India along with her family before finding a home in the national capital.
 
There are a total of 132 centenarian voters in Delhi -- 68 males and 64 females.

Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi at Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi assembly constituency.

Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Singh cast their vote

Rahul Gandhi arrives at polling booth number 81 & 82 at Aurangzeb Road to cast his vote in Delhi election 2020

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrives at polling booth number 81 & 82 at Aurangzeb Road to cast his vote in Delhi election 2020.

Manoj Tiwari confident of BJP's win in Delhi

The BJP's Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari on Saturday exuded confidence over the party's victory in the Delhi Assembly elections.
 
Tiwari cast his vote at a polling station set up in the Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Yamuna Vihar.
 
Speaking to the media, he said: 'My mother came from Banaras a week ago just to be with me on the voting day. When I have the blessings of my mother all will be good... I think we will win 50 plus seats and form the government in Delhi. The lotus will bloom here.'

Voting in Delhi underway; CM Kejriwal, former VP Hamid Ansari cast vote

Voting for the assembly elections in Delhi is underway with people queuing up outside polling booths since early Saturday morning undeterred by the chilly weather.
 
Over 14.7 million people are eligible to exercise their franchise in the polls that will decide the fate of 672 candidates in 70 assembly constituencies which are seeing a triangular contest among the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), opposition BJP and the Congress.
 
Poll officials said 3.66 per cent votes were cast in the first hour of voting, which began at 8 am.
 
Former vice president Hamid Ansari and BJP national secretary Ram Lal were among those who queued up outside the Nirman Bhavan polling station in the first hour of voting.

Delhi election: 4.33% voter turnout in 2020 till 10 am vs 7.3% in 2015

After two hours of polling, a meagre 4.33 per cent voter turnout was recorded for Delhi Assembly polls till 10 am, according to Election Commission's Voter Turnout app.

With absolute majority, BJP will form govt in Delhi: Hardeep Singh Puri

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday cast his vote for Delhi Assembly elections and expressed confidence his party BJP getting an absolute majority.
 
"I am delighted to be participating in this celebration of democracy. This is one of the most precious things that India has and it is the world's largest democracy. I think this election in Delhi is extremely important not only for Delhi, but for the country," Puri said.
 
"I am very confident that when the results come on February 11, the Bharatiya Janata Party will have an absolute majority in the Legislature and we will form a government and that the shortfall in development on account of the last five years that will be made up," he added.

The only issue of Delhi elections is PM Modi's extraordinary personality, says Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan along with his mother cast vote at Ratan Devi Public School in Krishna Nagar for Delhi Assembly elections, polling for which started from 8 am on Saturday.
 
Dr Vardhan along with his family members, including wife and mother, arrived here at around 8:45 to cast their votes.
 
The Union Minister was seen helping his mother get inside the polling station and poll her vote, on a wheelchair.
 
"I am confident that BJP's government will be formed in Delhi on February 11. Our candidates will win with an overwhelming majority and it would be a quality victory for BJP," said Dr. Vardhan while speaking to the reporters.
 
On being asked if Shaheen Bagh is an issue in the Assembly elections, Vardhan said, "The only issue of these elections is PM Modi's extraordinary personality, his work done for Delhi and politics based on truth and on the other hand there are lies and five years of failure in Delhi."
An estimated 1.14 per cent of the 14.7 million eligible voters have exercised their franchise till 9 a.m. on Saturday in the elections to the 70 Delhi Assembly seats.
 
The estimated turnout for North West Delhi till 9 am was 0.54 per cent, according to the Voter Turnout App.
 
While North East Delhi recorded 2.24 per cent, South 1.66 per cent, Central 0.43 per cent, South West 1.69 per cent, East 0.78 per cent and West 2.17 per cent, the App added.
 
Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan, S. Jaishankar and various MPs, including controversial BJP leader Parvesh Sahib Verma, were among the early voters along with their families.
Voting underway in Delhi, visuals from a polling booth in MCD primary school in Shakarpur. A bridegroom also cast his vote with his family. 

Hopeful that AAP will form govt for third time in Delhi; people will vote for our work: CM Arvind Kejriwal after voting


BJP will win over 45 seats, says Parvesh Verma

BJP lawmaker Parvesh Verma exuded confidence that his party will bag more than 45 seats out of the total 70 assembly constituencies.
 
Speaking to ANI, Verma who arrived at the polling booth with his family, said, "I hope we will get a chance to work for the people of Delhi. There has been no development in Delhi for past several years. I appeal to the people of Delhi to vote on the basis of development. We will attain more than 45 seats."
 
BJP and Congress have fielded Rajesh Gehlot and Sumesh Shokeen from the Matiala assembly constituency, respectively. Gulab Singh Yadav of AAP is the current MLA and party's candidate from the seat.

Delhi election: Create record, turn out in large numbers: PM Modi urges Delhi voters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged Delhi voters to turn out in large numbers to exercise their franchise and create a "new voting record".
 
Voting for the 70-member Delhi Assembly is underway. The counting will be done on Tuesday.
 
"Today is the voting day for the Delhi Assembly elections. My appeal to all voters is that they participate in this festival of democracy in maximum number and create a new voting record," he tweeted in Hindi and English.
 
On voting days, PM Modi often uses social media to urge people to vote in large numbers.

Amit Shah, who campaigned extensively in the national capital for the Assembly poll urges people to vote

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who campaigned extensively in the national capital for the Assembly polls, tweeted in Hindi: "By giving Delhi clean air, clean drinking water and house to every poor, Delhi will become the best capital of the world and that can be done only by a government with far-sighted thinking and strong intention. I appeal to the people of Delhi to vote to free Delhi from lies and vote bank politics."

Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Rajinder Nagar, Raghav Chadha casts his vote

Delhi election LIVE: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal votes

Haryana CM Khattar confident of BJP's win in Delhi

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday exuded confidence over the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) victory in the Delhi Assembly elections.
 
"We would form the next government in Delhi with a comfortable victory," he told the media here.
 
Polling was underway for Delhi's 70 Assembly seats which will decide the fate of 672 candidates from the BJP, Aam Aadmi Part and Congress in a three-cornered contest.

Modi’s BJP fights tough election battle for control of Delhi

Polls have opened in Delhi’s bitterly contested state election, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party in a tough fight to reclaim the capital region, marking the first major test at the ballot box of his religion-based citizenship law that’s spurred nationwide protests.
 
About 14.6 million voters are expected to cast their votes to elect 70 members to the legislative assembly on Saturday and results are expected on Feb. 11, according to the Election Commission of India.
 
If the incumbent Aam Aadmi Party retains power in the capital region, it will be the third straight electoral setback for Modi, whose party lost control in the states of Jharkhand and Maharashtra last year. AAP is projected to take 54-60 of the 70 assembly seats, down from 67 in the 2015 elections, while the BJP will likely win 10-14, up from three seats previously, according to a Times Now-IPSOS poll released on Monday.

Delhi's debate: Development vs acrimony

Whichever way Delhi votes today — and there’s a fair consensus on who the chief minister next week will be — the contest to rule the city-state is distinct from others in recent memory, writes Sunil Sethi. First, the action has shifted from the streets to daily non-stop barracking in the media and social media. No vigorous door-to-door campaigning, as in 2015, when Aam Aadmi Party volunteers collected modest contributions to cleanse a corrupt body politic with its jhadoo symbol. “Na khaunga, na khane dunga” (I won’t be bribed, nor let anyone else pay bribes) Narendra Modi famously said when he led the BJP to power in 2014 but corruption no longer features as an issue for either party.
 
Second, the head-on confrontation was between two dominant figures, Arvind Kejriwal, the city’s popular chief minister, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah — a Sancho Panza fronting for Mr Modi’s Don Quixote — leading a divisive, communally charged campaign. Read on...

A queue of voters at a polling booth in Shaheen Public School in Shaheen Bagh

Delhi election: Lt Governor Anil Baijal and his wife Mala Baijal cast vote at a polling station at Greater Kailash

Lt Governor Anil Baijal and his wife Mala Baijal cast their vote at a polling station at Greater Kailash; AAP's sitting MLA and candidate Saurabh Bhardwaj is contesting against BJP's Shikha Rai and Congress's Sukhbir Pawar from here.

Alka Lamba casts her vote at polling booth number 161 at Tagore Garden Extension

Congress candidate from the Chandni Chowk assembly constituency, Alka Lamba casts her vote at polling booth number 161 at Tagore Garden Extension; She is up against Prahlad Singh Sahni of Aam Aadmi Party and BJP's Suman Gupta.

BJP president J P Nadda appealed to all the voters to vote in large numbers

"Each vote of you is important for the unity and integrity of the country and holistic development of Delhi. Your vote only will be script the golden future of Delhi. 'Pehle Matdan, Phir Jalpan'. Jai Hind," Nadda tweeted.


Delhi election 2020: Know about Mustafabad Assembly Constituency

In the 2020 Delhi Assembly election, the key candidates in the Mustafabad constituency are Haji Yunus of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Jagdish Pradhan of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Ali Mehndi of the Indian National Congress.

Delhi polls begins, PM Modi urges for vote

As polling for the 70-member Assembly seats in Delhi began on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people, especially the youth, to come out and vote in record numbers.
 
"Today is the polling day for the Delhi Legislative Assembly...Urging the people of Delhi, especially my young friends, to vote in record numbers," Modi tweeted.
 
Polling here began at 8 a.m. A total of 14.79 million registered voters will decide the luck of 672 candidates from the Aam Aadmi Party, BJP and Congress. The results for the elections will be announced on February 11.

Former Vice-President Hamid Ansari and senior RSS leader Ram Lal at Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi assembly constituency


Today people of Delhi will vote for quality education, healthcare, women’s safety and good governance, says AAP's Atishi

Alert! Voting has not yet begun at C10 block booth in Yamuna Vihar

Voting has not yet begun at C10 block booth in Yamuna Vihar due to a technical issue in the EVM. Election Commission's technical team at the spot.

Urge people of Delhi to vote in record numbers, says Modi

Delhi Election: Arvind Kejriwal appeals to women voters

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged women to vote in the Delhi Assembly polls on Saturday, saying like their home, the nation is also their responsibility.
 
In a tweet in Hindi, he said they should also take along the men in their houses for voting.
 
"You must go to vote. Special appeal to all women - Just like you bear the responsibility of home, the responsibility of the country and Delhi is also on you. All of you ladies must go to vote and also take the men of your house. Make sure to discuss with men about who are the right ones to vote for," Kejriwal said.
 
Polling for 70 Assembly Constituencies in Delhi began at 8 am on Saturday.


A queue of voters at a polling booth in Shaheen Public School in Shaheen Bagh, Okhla

CAIT declares support for BJP in Delhi Assembly polls

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has announced its support for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Delhi Assembly elections.
 
"15,00,000 businessmen from Delhi and employees working under them will vote in favor of BJP on Saturday," said Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary-General CAIT.
 
"Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has not done anything for the traders in the last five years. We struggled with sealing and Kejriwal kept quiet. We kept fighting the e-commerce and he kept quiet," he said.
 
Khandelwal said, "Central government led by the BJP has made a lot of adjustments in the master plan to help us with e-commerce. The government took a very tough stance on our suggestion ."
 
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the National Traders Welfare Board, he gave the pension to traders and solved other problems. The businessmen of Delhi along with their family will vote in favor of BJP," he added.

Justice R Bhanumati arrives at NDMC School of Science & Humanities Education to cast her vote in Delhi election


Delhi election: Congress maintains legacy of fielding most females

Since the first Assembly election of Delhi in 1993, among all the major political parties in the fray, the Congress has a record of fielding maximum females and 2020 was no exception.
 
The BJP, however, took the credit of fielding most females in 2015, according to the data made available by the Election Commission.
 
While for the Assembly elections held between 1993 and 2008, the Congress and the BJP were the main two parties, the picture changed in 2012, when the Aam Aadmi Party was formed.
 
In the 1993 Assembly election, out of the total 59 women in the fray, Congress gave eight females, the highest from a political party. The BJP, on the other hand, named only four females for the fight. While two from the Congress were elected, one from BJP made up to the House.
 
In the 1998 Assembly election, again, the Congress fileded double the number of females in the poll battle when compared to the BJP. While the Saffron party named five females, the grand old party had 10 female candidates to offer out of the total 57 females in the fray.
 
This time, nine females were elected -- eight from Congress, while one from the BJP.

The paradox AAP needs to resolve

There is hardly any doubt that come February 11, it is the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that is going to form the government in Delhi. Experiments in education, power and health have caught the imagination of the people of Delhi, especially the underclass. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), though, may see its tally in the Assembly going up substantially this time, having managed just three in the 2015 elections. The Congress is unlikely to be a factor in the election. But AAP is here to stay -- which is what makes it so perplexing, writes Aditi Phadnis.

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BJP MP Parvesh Verma casts his vote at a polling station in Matiala assembly constituency

Delhi election: BJP leader Ram Madhav arrives at a polling station in Jhandewalan area

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ram Madhav arrives at a polling station in Jhandewalan area, in Karol Bagh assembly constituency. AAP has fielded its sitting MLA Vishesh Ravi from here. BJP's Yogendra Chandolia & Congress' Gaurav Dhanak are contesting from here.

Delhi poll outcome at best may see a knee-jerk reaction in markets

Outcome of the Delhi Assembly polls due February 11 can at best trigger a knee-jerk reaction in the markets that can be used to buy for the long-term, say analysts. Though they caution that the benchmarks may remain choppy on the outcome day and are not yet discounting a loss for the Narendra Modi – led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the bigger issue for the markets is now a pick-up in the economy, growth in corporate earnings and global cues.
 
“The elections will be keenly watched by political observers, but I do not see much impact on the markets in case the BJP / National Democratic Alliance (NDA) were to lose or win. There can be, at best, a knee-jerk reaction to the assembly poll outcome in Delhi. That apart, Delhi has very less seats in the Lok Sabha. This is unlikely to pose a threat to the policy decisions at the national level going ahead. The markets are now looking forward to global cues, pick up in the economy and corporate earnings growth for further direction. However, they are not discounting a BJP / NDA loss as of now,” explains G Chokkalingam, founder and managing director at Equinomics Research.
 

Battle for Delhi: Voting begins amid tight security

The polling for the 70-member Delhi Assembly got underway, an election that saw the ruling AAP, opposition BJP and the Congress engaged in a bitterly fought high-octane campaign.
 
Over 1.47 crore people are eligible to exercise their franchise in the polls that will decide the fate of 672 candidates.
 
The polling began at 8 am and will end at 6 pm, an official said.

Delhi election result 2015


Kejriwal an outsider, will send him back to Ghaziabad: BJP's Sunil Yadav

Sunil Yadav of the BJP has been assigned a herculean task — defeating Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in the New Delhi Assembly constituency in the Assembly polls. In an interview with Nitin Kumar, he discusses his three-pronged campaign strategy — jobs creation, a promise of improving women’s security and frontal attack on Kejriwal over his claims on improving schools. READ ON...

Delhi election: Poll factsheet

Delhi election: Voters start arriving at a polling station in Jhandewalan area, in Karol Bagh assembly constituency

Voters start arriving at a polling station in Jhandewalan area, in Karol Bagh assembly constituency. AAP has fielded its sitting MLA Vishesh Ravi from here. BJP's Yogendra Chandolia & Congress' Gaurav Dhanak are contesting from here. Voting begins at 8 am.

ICYMI: The party that emerges victorious in Delhi elections 2020 should commit to local area planning and citizen monitoring to ensure government policies on air pollution are relevant and ensure that citizens can reach their representatives.

Delhi Assembly election LIVE: 2015 vote share (%)

The BJP’s attempt has been to consolidate its Hindu support base to overcome the 32-33 per cent vote share barrier

The BJP’s attempt has been to consolidate its Hindu support base to overcome the 32-33 per cent vote share barrier, and repeat the successes of the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP is counting on its greater cadre strength. It believes the fascination with AAP has declined over the years, and that it no longer has the popular support it enjoyed in 2015.

AAP hopes to repeat its formula of 2015

The AAP hopes to repeat its formula of 2015, when it won 67 of the 70 seats in the Assembly after it consolidated non-BJP votes. The BJP had hung on to its traditional 32 per cent vote share, but the Congress’s vote share collapsed to 9.3 per cent, shifting to AAP. At 54.3 per cent, the AAP also ensured that it received the vote shares of some smaller players, particularly the BSP.

Delhi polls: 14.7 mn voters to decide fate of AAP govt; results on Feb 11

Delhi’s 14.7 million voters will queue up to cast their vote on Saturday and also decide the fate of the only successful political start-up to emerge on the Indian political scene in the past 35 years, after the birth of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in 1984.

Security tightened in Delhi for Assembly polls

As many as 190 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been deployed for the smooth conduct of the Delhi Assembly election today. Besides this, 19,000 Home Guards and 42,000 Delhi Police personnel are deployed at polling booths across the national capital.
 
"We have 190 companies of CAPF, who are regularly patrolling to ensure peace and tranquillity in the city," Praveer Ranjan, Special Commissioner, Intelligence, Delhi Police, told ANI earlier.
 
The seven main divisions of CAPF are Assam Rifles, Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guards (NSG) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
 
Also, there would be additional staff from the PCR.

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