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Mishra lauds Bagga for earning ticket fighting ‘Ashant Dushan’

BJP candidate from Model Town of Delhi, Kapil Mishra, today expressed happiness over making Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga a candidate as well, in the process pinching lawyer-cum-rabble rouser Prashant Bhushan. Bagga has been in the limelight in Delhi politics and on Twitter for some years now. The BJP has made him a candidate from Hari Nagar assembly seat.

Bagga got under the limelight by attacking Bhushan in his chamber due to the latter’s support to separatists and advocacy of a plebiscite in Kashmir and India’s disintegration.

Kapil Mishra wrote in his tweet, “I wish brother Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, famous for riding on the chest of all the ‘Ashant Dushans’ who move the court at midnight for the sake of terrorists and talk of separating Kashmir from India and beating them, victory from Hari Nagar.”

Kapil Mishra, who joined the BJP after leaving the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), got the ticket of Model Town.

Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga has asserted that the BJP will win more than 50 seats in the election for the 70-seat Delhi assembly. He says Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is scared of this. For this reason, all the documents were burnt 15 days before voting in the DTC office, Bagga says.

Mishra is a former MLA who represented the Karawal Nagar constituency in the Sixth Legislative Assembly of Delhi. He had won the last election as an AAP candidate by a margin of 44,431 votes defeating his rival BJP candidate Mohan Singh Bisht.

Mishra had taken his oath in Sanskrit. He was inducted as a Water Resource Minister in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government of NCT Delhi. Kejriwal subsequently removed Mishra from his ministry after the latter accused the chief minister, along with Satyendar Jain, of corruption. Mishra has been alleging more instances of corruption in AAP government under Arvind Kejriwal.

Mishra lauds Bagga

In the list released by BJP, Sumanlata Shaukeen from Nangloi Jat seat, Ramesh Khanna from Rajouri Garden, Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga from Hari Nagar, Sunil Yadav from New Delhi, Ravindra Chaudhary from Kasturba Nagar, Kusum Khatri from Mehrauli, Dharamvir Singh from Kalkaji, Krishna Anil Goyal from Nagar and Sanjay Goyal from Shahdara seat have been declared as candidates.

The BJP had released a list of 57 candidates for the Delhi assembly election on 17 January. The party nominated Surendra Singh Bittu for Timarpur, Vijay Chaudhary for Rithala, Ravindra Kumar for Bawana and Vijender Gupta for Rohini among others. President of the Delhi unit of BJP Manoj Tiwari had announced the names in the presence of Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

The Election Commission (EC) had announced the date of assembly election for the next government of the country’s capital Delhi on 6 January. The AAP has issued its list already.

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JDU boots Kishor, Varma out of star campaigners list

JDU has released its list of star campaigners for the Delhi assembly election where the names of Prashant Kishor and Pavan K Varma, two quasi-politicians always at odds with policies of the union government of Narendra Modi, are conspicuous by their absence. The statement of these thought leaders about the CAA has been in the news of late.

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The JDU star campaigners list has 20 names:

  1. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
  2. KC Tyagi
  3. RCP Singh
  4. Vashisht Narayan Singh
  5. Lallan Singh
  6. Ramnath Thakur
  7. Ashok Chaudhary
  8. Sanjay Kumar Jha
  9. Afaq Ahmed Khan
  10. Dayanand Rai
  11. Shravan Kumar
  12. Jayakumar Singh
  13. Mahabali Singh
  14. Maheshwar Hazari
  15. Dileshwar Kamat
  16. RP Singh
  17. Sunil Kumar Pintu
  18. Kavita Singh
  19. Chandeshwar Prasad Chandravanshi
  20. Raj Singh Mann

BJP and JDU, which are running the government together in Bihar, will now contest the Delhi assembly election as allies too. An alliance was announced between these two parties for the Delhi election. Under the arrangement, BJP has left two seats in Delhi for JDU. These are Sangam Vihar and Burari seats.

Kishor suffers from a conflict of interest as his firm is an election manager of the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP in Delhi. His company manages TMC’s campaign in West Bengal too. Earlier, the firm had taken a contract from YS Jaganmohan Reddy for the Andhra Pradesh election.

The BJP and JDU alliance won big in the Bihar assembly in 2005 and 2010. The BJP-JDU-LJP alliance had registered a landslide victory in Bihar in the 2019 Lok Sabha election as well. However, in recent years, apart from Bihar, these parties were not aligned in the elections held in states like Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

On Tuesday, senior Janata Dal (United) leader Pavan Kumar Varma asked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, why the JDU is in the NDA when the Akalis, who have been in Delhi for a long time are not part of the alliance.

In a two-page letter written to Nitish Kumar, which has been posted on Twitter, Varma referred to a private conversation he had with the chief minister where Nitish Kumar was critical of the BJP.

JDU national general secretary and national spokesperson Varma said:

These differences between the JDU leadership on the one side and dissenters like Kishor and Varma on the other came out clearly through the open letter right after JDU announced its alliance with the BJP in Delhi a day earlier. Varma said that for the first time there was an alliance outside Bihar, which has “deeply shocked” him and he wants an “ideological clarity” on the matter.

Varma is one of the few JDU leaders who have spoken against the party’s stand against the CAA. The law grants citizenship to non-Muslims living in neighbouring Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Political strategist and party’s national vice president Kishor has been speaking out against this as well.

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Delhi BJP requests PM Modi to address 10 of 5,000 rallies

Among the three major political parties in the fray campaigning for the Delhi assembly election and its result, the BJP is relying once again on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deliver the polls for the party. State sources revealed that the state BJP demanded 10 rallies of the prime minister, but has got the green signal for only three rallies.

Preparing to beat the once formidable AAP in the election, Delhi BJP will carry out extensive campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections. It will hold 5,000 large and small public meetings in Delhi. Chief ministers of various BJP-ruled states, union ministers and Bhojpuri stars will address the gatherings.

After the phase of nominations is over, the entire national executive team of BJP in Delhi will start campaigning. BJP will hold three to four rallies every day in each of Delhi’s 70 constituencies. The central leadership of the BJP has given instructions to mobilise 200 people in every small rally.

If sources are to be believed, the top 100 leaders of the BJP, including many senior cabinet ministers, are expected to be part of the election campaign. Sources say the party has decided to field from union ministers and ministers from the BJP-ruled states for campaigning in the Delhi election. According to the state BJP leaders, there will be a proper roster of 100 leaders, who would have to attend three to four such small rallies or public meetings.

However, the BJP’s first priority will be to hold maximum public meetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the 2015 assembly election, the AAP had created history by winning 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi, while the BJP had won only three seats. The INC did not get any seat. On 7 February, voting was held in all 70 assembly seats in a single phase. The results were announced on 10 February, three days after voting.

This year, Delhi votes on 8 February. Results will be known on 11 February. The last date for filing nomination papers for the Delhi assembly election is 21 January while the nomination papers will be checked for authenticity and validity on 22 January. The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is 24 January. Delhi has 70 assembly seats out of which 58 are in general category while 12 seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes.

While the AAP has lost some sheen since its hoary days after inception, as seen in the MCD poll and last year’s Lok Sabha election in the seven seats of Delhi, it is no pushover. In the campaign for this assembly election, it was the first off the block while its competitors are now trying to catch up. Let alone have a chief ministerial candidate, the BJP and INC have not even decided who from the respective parties will challenge Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in his New Delhi assembly seat.

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INC includes Alka Lamba in list of 54 candidates for Delhi poll

The Indian National Congress (INC) has released its list of 54 candidates for the Delhi assembly election. Alka Lamba, who had joined the INC after leaving the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has been nominated from the Chandni Chowk Assembly seat.

The party has taken the unexpected decision to give a ticket to Adarsh ​​Shastri, who went to INC today from AAP from Dwarka, suggesting he had negotiated the terms of joining this party before quitting the AAP that denied him a nomination from the constituency he favoured.

INC has given tickets to Aaron Yusuf from Ballimaran, Arvinder Singh Lovely from Gandhi Nagar, Chaudhary Matin Ahmed from Seelampur.

Also read: AAP bets on LS losers Dilip, Atishi, Raghav for Delhi election

According to the INC’ first list of candidates, Laxman Rawat from Padparganj will contest against Manish Sisodia. Former minister AK Walia has been given ticket from Krishna Nagar instead of Laxminagar. Kirti Azad’s wife Poonam Azad has been given ticket from Sangam Vihar.

In the first list of the party, 8 women have got tickets. According to the first list of the INC, Shivani Chopra, daughter of Delhi INC President Subhash Chopra, got a ticket from Kalkaji. Apart from this, Rajesh Lilothia got a ticket from Mangolpuri and Arvinder Singh Lovely, who contested the Lok Sabha elections, from Gandhinagar.

Also read Delhi BJP candidates’ list out; Kapil Mishra gets Model Town

The INC has not announced any candidate from the New Delhi assembly seat like the BJP yet. The day before, BJP announced 57 candidates, but it did not announce any name for the New Delhi seat either. Significantly, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is contesting on this seat.

The Election Commission (EC) had announced the date of assembly election in the country’s capital Delhi on 6 January. The model code of conduct has been enforced in the capital. Votes will be cast in all 70 assembly seats in Delhi on 8 February and election results will be announced on 11 February.

In the capital, the ruling party AAP once again faces the BJP and the INC.

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Kejriwal sold tickets for Rs 10-20 crore: Former AAP MLA

Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Adarsh ​​Shastri has sensationally accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after moving to the INC. Accusing the AAP convenor of selling election nominations, Shastri said that Chief Minister Kejriwal sold the assembly election tickets for Rs 10 crore to Rs 20 crore each.

The AAP nominated Vinay Mishra, son of Congress leader Mahabal Mishra, who had recently moved from the INC to the party, instead of Adarsh ​​Shastri for Dwarka.

The party of Kejriwal was recently in news for corruption in its system of receiving donations, as activist and former volunteer of the party Neil Terrance Haslam dug out anomalies in its online process.

On Saturday, in an interesting development in the ongoing stir between political parties for the Delhi Assembly election, one Shastri left the INC while another joined the party. The first former Speaker Yoganand Shastri resigned from the INC and, shortly thereafter, Adarsh ​​Shastri joined the oldest party of the country.

Adarsh ​​Shastri, grandson of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and AAP MLA from Dwarka seat of Delhi Assembly, joined the INC just before the election, giving a jolt to Arvind Kejriwal.

Unhappy with the ruling AAP for not nominating him in the assembly election in Delhi, Shastri broke ties with the party of Kejriwal and joined the INC in the presence of Delhi Pradesh Congress (DPC) president Subhash Chopra and the person in charge of INC’s Delhi campaign PC Chacko.

Senior leader of DPC and former Speaker Yoganand Shastri resigned from the party due to ideological differences with state president Chopra. Shastri told on Saturday that he has sent his resignation to the Congress in-charge PC Chacko, distressed by neglect in the party of dedicated INC workers.

Curiously, Yoganand Shastri’s allegation against the INC and Adarsh Shastri’s against the AAP are near-identical. Yoganand accused the leaders of the DPC of selling tickets in view of the upcoming election to the Delhi Assembly, saying, “The command of the state INC is with a person who does not respect anyone and is surrounded by people who have been busy selling tickets for the assembly election.”

Yoganand Shastri was upset with the prospect of not getting a ticket from the Mehrauli assembly seat in this election. He was a minister in the Sheila Dikshit government and also the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly until the INC was ousted in 2013 from Delhi.

Editor’s note: A disgruntled politician in Delhi quotes Rs 20 crore as a standard or fixed price of selling an assembly election nomination when he is denied a ticket. The standard figure quoted as a bribe amount for a municipal election nomination is Rs 40 lakh. These amounts are like the numeral 36 in Hindi idioms where “chhattis” may literally not mean thirty-six.

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Delhi BJP candidates’ list out; Kapil Mishra gets Model Town

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released a list of 57 candidates for the Delhi assembly election on Friday. The party has given tickets to Surendra Singh Bittu from Timarpur, Vijay Chaudhary from Rithala, Ravindra Kumar from Bawana, Vijender Gupta from Rohini have been given tickets.

Kapil Mishra, who joined the BJP after leaving the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), got the ticket of Model Town.

BJP has nominated its former city chief Vijender Gupta for the Rohini seat in northern Delhi.

BJP’s released list includes 11 Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates and four women. The party has nominated Rajkumar Bhati from Adarsh ​​Nagar, Vijay Bhagat from Badli and Manish Chaudhary from Rithala. Ravindra Kumar Indraj got Bawana and Master Azad Singh has the BJP ticket for Mundka.

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari released the list at the party headquarters. he said candidates for the remaining 13 seats will be declared soon. Union minister in charge of the BJP’s campaign for the election in the capital Prakash Javadekar and Shyam Jaju were present on the occasion.

Tiwari said that the BJP will form an absolute majority government in Delhi this time.

Announcing the names, BJP state president Tiwari said that the names of 57 candidates were decided at the party’s central election committee meeting chaired by Amit Shah on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, working party president JP Nadda and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were present in the meeting.

The candidate from New Delhi City has not been announced yet.

Tiwari said, “We will take the message of the Modi government’s work to the people of Delhi, knocking every door. We will contest the election with a positive agenda. This list of 57 leaders of BJP is a list of winners. We are on the way to victory.”

Around the time that the BJP was announcing the names of its candidates, the AAP received a jolt, albeit an expected one, as the Delhi High Court quashed MLA Jitender Tomar’s 2015 election win due to the fake degree he had submitted in the affidavit to the Election Commission. Quoting this news after emerging from the party headquarters, Tiwari tweeted, “AAP’s conduct, character and image lay exposed. The end of this government of lies in Delhi is certain.”

The Election Commission (EC) had announced the date of assembly election for the next government of the country’s capital Delhi on 6 January. The AAP has issued its list already.

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Nitish Kumar will lead our Bihar election campaign: Amit Shah

Bharatiya Janata Party president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a rally in Vaishali, Bihar, said the BJP would contest in the state assembly election under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Bypassing the rumours of a rift between the BJP and Janata Dal (United) [JD(U)] in Bihar, Shah made it clear that the Bihar assembly election of 2020 would be contested under Nitish Kumar’s leadership. Earlier, LJP president Chirag Paswan had said that the election would be fought only under Nitish’s leadership.

The Bihar unit of the BJP has been raising questions about contesting the election under Nitish Kumar’s leadership. Sanjay Paswan of the party had said that the people of Bihar wanted to see a BJP leader as the chief minister of Bihar. He claimed that the situation in Jharkhand was not the same as that in Bihar. He said Nitish Kumar had a “tired face”, an old one. “People of Bihar now want to see a BJP chief minister in place of a tired Nitish Kumar,” he had said.

The JD(U) had reacted strongly to this statement of BJP leader and former Union Minister Sanjay Paswan and said that action should be taken against such big leaders. JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi had said that the BJP leadership should take cognisance of such statements. He expressed hope that Shah would do that and prohibit such statements coming from BJP leaders in the future.

In the meantime, while there is no love lost between Nitish Kumar and the incarcerated RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, a section of the main opposition party in Bihar has been trying to woo the JD(U) back to a 2015-like mahagathbandhan. RJD vice president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh reiterated earlier this month that all non-BJP political parties including the JD(U) should come together to oust the BJP from power. Earlier, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) head Asaduddin Owaisi had asked the Bihar chief minister to shun the company of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Shah. If the JD(U) chief does that, AIMIM will support the opposition alliance, Owaisi had said.

During the public meeting today in Vaishali, the home minister targeted the INC over the amended citizenship law (CAA) and said, “Rahul Baba and Lalu Prasad, don’t mislead people on CAA. Mamata Banerjee is misleading people too. I want to say that it is a law to give citizenship, not to take it away.”

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AAP bets on LS losers Dilip, Atishi, Raghav for Delhi election

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced the names of its candidates in all 70 seats for the Delhi assembly election. The party has again reposed trust in 46 sitting MLAs. The special thing is that the AAP has decided to contest the legislative election for the 3 candidates who lost the Lok Sabha election last year. The AAP has given tickets for leaders like Ram Singh and Shoaib Iqbal who left the Congress.

It was being said that the AAP would not give tickets for the assembly election to the candidates who had fought the Lok Sabha election. But there are 3 such names in the list of AAP who had contested the last Lok Sabha election in Delhi and had to face defeat. The party has fielded Dilip Pandey from Timarpur seat. He had contested from the North-East Delhi Lok Sabha seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Similarly, Atishi, a candidate from East Delhi in Lok Sabha election, has been fielded from Kalkaji assembly seat. Raghav Chadha, who contested the Lok Sabha election from South Delhi seat, has been nominated from Rajendra Nagar assembly seat.

The AAP, which won 67 seats out of 70 last time, has cut the tickets of many of its MLAs. Prominent among them are Pankaj Pushkar from Timarpur, Aseem Ahmed Khan from Matia Mahal and Narayan Dutt Sharma from Badarpur. Virendra Singh Kadian has been given the ticket for commando Surendra from Delhi Cantt. Similarly, Rohit Kumar Mairolia has been given a ticket after deducting Raju Dhingan ticket from Trilokpuri.

AAP has fielded former MLA Shoaib Iqbal, who recently quit Congress and joined AAP, from Matia Mahal and Ram Singh Netaji from Badarpur seat. Similarly, Vinay Mishra has been made a candidate from Dwarka by cutting the ticket of MLA Adarsh ​​Shastri.

New names in AAP list place of current MLAs

  1. Dilip Pandey is the candidate instead of sitting MLA Pankaj Pushkar from Timarpur.
  2. Jai Bhagwan Upkar has been made a candidate refusing to renominate sitting MLA Ramchandra from Bawana.
  3. Dharmpal Lakra is the candidate of Mundka rather than Sukhbir Dalal
  4. AAP makes Rajkumar Anand a candidate after cancelling ticket of Patel Nagar to Hazarilal Chauhan
  5. Princess Dhillon is made a candidate by denying Jagdeep Singh’s ticket from Hari Nagar
  6. Vinay Mishra has been given a ticket after depriving Adarsh ​​Shastri of Dwarka
  7. Virendra Singh Kadian has been given the ticket in the place of commando Surendra from Delhi Cantt.
  8. Raghav Chaddha is the candidate instead of Vijendra Garg from Rajendra Nagar.
  9. Atishi Singh has come in place of Avatar Singh from Kalkaji
  10. AAP gives Ram Singh Netaji a ticket after denying Narayan Dutt Sharma from Badarpur
  11. Rohit Kumar Mairolia gets a ticket after and Raju Dhingan is not repeated from Trilokpuri
  12. Kuldeep Kumar gets in while Manoj Kumar does not get the ticket for Kondli
  13. Abdul Rahman is nominated by depriving Haji Isharaq of Seelampur.
  14. AAP does not nominate Choudhary Fateh Singh for Gokulpur as Chaudhary Surendra Kumar walks in
  15. Shoaib Iqbal is given ticket from Matia Mahal in place of Asim Ahmed Khan

AAP candidates for seats whose MLAs have quit

  1. Mukesh Kumar Ahlawat from Sultanpur Majra
  2. Rajesh Naama Bansi Wala from Rohini
  3. Prahlad Singh Sahni from Chandni Chowk
  4. Dhanwati Chandela from Rajouri Garden
  5. Bij June from Bijwasan
  6. Deepak Singla from Vishwas Nagar
  7. Naveen Deepu Chaudhary from Gandhinagar
  8. Haji Yunus from Mustafabad
  9. Durgesh Pathak from Karaval Nagar

8 women candidates

  1. Rakhi Bidlan: Mangolpuri
  2. Vandana Kumari: Shalimar Bagh
  3. Atishi: Kalkaji
  4. Pramila Tokas: RK Puram
  5. Rajouri Garden: Dhanwanti Chandela
  6. Hari Nagar: Princess Dhillon
  7. Bhavna Gaur: Palam
  8. Sarita Singh: Rohtas Nagar

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Reserved seats hold key to Delhi victory, believe all contenders

Facing political exile for more than two decades in Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is desperate to do well in this assembly election. The party is trying hard to stop the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from coming back to government again. The history of assembly elections in Delhi suggests the way of BJP’s access to power will pass through the 12 reserved seats which have their own distinct significance in the 70 assembly seats of Delhi.

The BJP had been out of power since the 1998 assembly elections in Delhi till date. Analysing the data, the party has found that, since 1998, the voters of these reserved seats played a very important role in helping the first Indian National Congress (INC) and then the AAP grab power.

In the 1993 assembly election, the BJP had won 49 of the 70 seats in Delhi. At the time, the total number of reserved seats for Scheduled Caste candidates in Delhi was nine and BJP had won 5 of these seats. BJP’s performance in reserved seats has not been good during the last 15-20 years.

However, in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the BJP won larger constituencies that contained all these reserved seats. According to experts, during the last six months, most of the announcements of the Delhi government have benefited the people living in these reserved seats. If the BJP is to take over power in Delhi, it will have to try to win as many of these 12 reserved seats while the INC is eyeing these seats too.

The AAP won nine out of 12 reserved seats in the 2013 Delhi Assembly election and then won all the seats in the 2015 election. In the next month’s election, the challenge before the party is to maintain 100% of the winning record.

The AAP has made education reforms a big issue in this Delhi election. The party believes that the education policy of its government has benefited the poor, children and youth of Dalit society. Party leaders say that a scheme for skill development will be started for the youth of Dalit society so that youngsters who were unable to complete their studies could get employment easily after this training.

AAP has not yet released the list of candidates, but it is believed that the party can give MLAs the chance to win these seats once again.

Since the formation of the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 1993, the INC has been dominating the reserved seats of Delhi, but in the 2015 elections, the party was swept away in all these seats as in the whole of Delhi. However, in this election, the INC is once again preparing a strategy to capture these seats.

The state unit of the INC says that they have better, qualified and experienced leaders than the other two parties. Party sources say that they have Krishna Tirath from the Jatav Samaj, Udit Raj from the Khatik Samaj and Jaikishan from the Balmiki Samaj to woo the reserved constituencies. The INC says that the party will also give priority to the leaders of the Regar Samaj.

Recalling a prophecy about a post-Lok Sabha election scenario that everybody knew wasn’t serious:

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Delhi to choose between AAP, BJP, INC on 8 February

The Election Commission (EC) has announced the date of assembly election in the country’s capital Delhi. The EC held a press conference on Monday afternoon to make the announcement. With this, the code of conduct has come into force in the capital. Votes will be cast in all 70 assembly seats in Delhi on 8 February and election results will be announced on 11 February.

In the capital, the ruling party Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) once again faces the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP and the Indian National Congress (INC).

Delhi Assembly election schedule

  • Notification: 14 January, Tuesday
  • Last date for nomination: 21 January, Tuesday
  • Scrutiny: 22 January
  • Voting: 8 February
  • Results: 11 February

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said at the press conference, “There are a total of 70 assembly constituencies in the capital. The tenure of the current assembly ends on 22 February 2020.”

A meeting was held with the State Election Commission and Delhi Police regarding the election, the CEC informed. Voters will get a pick-up from homes and drop-in at the polling booths, he said. Election-related information will be uploaded on the EC website and a number for voters’ assistance will be released.

  • Total seats: 70 (58 general + 12 reserved for SC)
  • Total polling booths: 13,750
  • Number of places that will vote: 2,689
  • Staff required for election management: 90,000

Delhi voters’ demography

The assembly election in Delhi, the capital of the country but otherwise a quasi-state not with all the authority that other states enjoy, is politically important for the message the result sends all over the country. There are about 1.5 crore voters in Delhi who will decide which party will form the next ‘state’ government.

  • Total voters: 1,46,92136
  • Men: 80,55,686
  • Women: 66,35,635
  • Third gender: 815
  • NRIs: 489
  • Service voters: 11,556

Delhi election result, 2015

Who does not remember the last election result in Delhi? Riding on the popularity of a fresh Arvind Kejriwal, who might have tired a bit since then, the AAP had registered a historic victory, nearly wiping out the opposition.

In the 2015 assembly election, the AAP won 67 out of the 70 seats; BJP managed only three seats despite a nearly intact vote-share. The INC could not win even one seat.

Issues or planks

Aam Aadmi Party

The party ruling the city is claiming it has performed in the last five years. It will repeat the promise of free electricity and water, schools and mohalla clinics. Its main challenge is hitting upon a broad vision and getting beyond ideas that no longer sound refreshing as they did five years ago.

The vote-bank of the AAP is slums where populist promises work the best. Unlike 2015, the residents of unauthorised colonies or the middle class may not go the whole hog in support of Arvind Kejriwal‘s party.

Bharatiya Janata Party

In 2019, the BJP has once again won the Lok Sabha election as it had in 2014. It hopes ‘Modi magic’ will work in Delhi too. Recently, Narendra Modi government regularised unauthorised colonies in the capital, which the BJP would like to cash in on. In the 2019 election, BJP won all the seven Lok Sabha seats. However, having no candidate for the post of chief minister is a dampener. Local BJP is said to be uninspiring.

However, the Citizenship Amendment Act, National register of Citizens, Ayodhya verdict, abolishing of triple talaq, no objection to the reinterpretation of Section 377 by the Supreme Court, etc have not only consolidated the nationalist votes for the BJP but also added feminists and modernists to the club.

Indian National Congress

The INC could not push even one MLA into the assembly in 2015. In this election, it will have to try to win some seats. The party has also made some populist promises, through which it is hoping to open an account in Delhi.

A vacuum in the place of a leader is even more conspicuous in the INC than in the BJP since the death of former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who had ruled the capital city for a long stretch between 1998 and 2013.