When reports last came in, AAP was comfortably placed in excess of 60 seats while the BJP had 8 in its kitty.
Bengaluru: Delhi chants Kejriwal as AAP returned to power, in excess of 60 seats, when reports last trickled in.
Earlier in the day, the BJP – the closest contender – reached figures in excess of 15, at a point even 20, but as the day wore on, the number nosedived to fewer than 10.
By afternoon, when the victory was only a matter of formality, Arvind Kejriwal addressed a huge gathering, invoking Bharat Mata and dedicating the victory to the people of Delhi.
He said, “I thank people of Delhi for reposing their faith in AAP for the third time. This is the victory of the people who consider me as their son and voted for us.”
Later in the day, Kejriwal, his wife and deputy CM Manish Sisodia paid a visit to the Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place to offer gratitude.
On the other hand, the BJP was humble in its defeat. JP Nadda, its president said, “BJP accepts the mandate of the people. We will play our role as a constructive opposition & raise public issues in the assembly. I congratulate Arvind Kejriwal, his party and hope that his govt will work for the development of the state.”
The Congress was completely decimated for the second successive time. And more embarrassingly, the party also lost deposit in 67 out of 70 seats.
What’s more important to note is that BJP lost Shaheen Bagh, the epicentre of anti-CAA protests. AAP’s Amanatullah Khan won by over 70,000 votes.
By evening, PM Narendra Modi sent out a congratulatory message to the Delhi CM.
Congratulations to AAP and Shri
Ji for the victory in the Delhi Assembly Elections. Wishing them the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Delhi.
Congratulations to AAP and Shri @ArvindKejriwal Ji for the victory in the Delhi Assembly Elections. Wishing them the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Delhi.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 11, 2020
As of now, the date for Arvind Kejriwal taking oath has not been fixed.
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