India’s Ruling Right-Wing Party Gets Crushed in Delhi Elections 2020

India’s Ruling Right-Wing Party Gets Crushed in Delhi Elections 2020

India’s Ruling Right-Wing Party Gets Crushed in Delhi Elections 2020

Exit polls predicted Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gaining 47-56 seats, while BJP is projected to retain 14-23 seats.

The overarching theme that emerges is that the AAP is all set to taste power in Delhi for the second time, while the BJP will have to sit in the opposition, probably with better numbers.

The New Delhi election is being seen as a test of Modi's popularity following months of deadly nationwide anti-government protests against a new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that saw thousands of people take to the streets daily in the capital and across India. He was once again pulled up by the EC and banned for another day.

Yogendra Yadav, an academic who was a member of the AAP executive until 2015 and now has his own party, said the result was a clear rejection of Modi and his party's angry campaign.

The party won a stunning victory in 2015 state elections in the capital, wiping out the BJP and Congress, the party that has ruled India for half its post-independence history. The AAP had routed rival parties in the last Assembly polls, bagging 67 seats while the BJP was reduced to mere three seats and the Congress had drawn a blank. "The exit polls are rough estimates, I am confident that the BJP will form the government in Delhi with full majority", he said.

Meanwhile, BJP sources said the exit polls are not the final result as such predictions have been proved wrong in several elections in the country.

The BJP and the ruling AAP indulged in an aggressive blame game over the issue, holding each other responsible for gaining political mileage from it. Delhi BJP's media relations head Neelkant Bakshi said after an indepth analysis, we have found that the BJP was ahead of the AAP in most of the seats.

Thank you for your feedback. "The people of Delhi, who are from all parts of India, have defeated the polarising, divisive and risky agenda of BJP", said Chidambaram. His party workers were in a celebratory mode.

The Congress accepted defeat and vowed to rebuild and revive itself at the grassroots level in the city. The Aam Aadmi Party leader is pitted against Bharatiya Janata Party's Sunil Yadav and Congress' Romesh Sabharwal.

A total of 672 candidates, including 593 men and 79 women, were in the fray for the hotly contested elections.

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