Delhi Legislative Assembly election, 2015

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Delhi Legislative Assembly election, 2015

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All 70 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Delhi
36 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Arvind Kejriwal (potrait).jpg Kiran Bedi, Lec Dems - cropped.jpg Ajay Maken at NDTV Sports event.jpg
Leader Arvind Kejriwal Kiran Bedi Ajay Maken
Party AAP BJP INC
Leader's seat New Delhi Krishna Nagar (lost) Sadar Bazar (lost)
Last election 28 seats 32 seats 8 seats
Seats won 67 3 0
Seat change Increase 39 Decrease 29 Decrease 8
Popular vote 48,79,127 28,91,510 8,67,027
Percentage 54.3% 32.3% 9.7%
Swing Increase 24.8% Decrease 0.8% Decrease 14.9%

2015 Delhi election map.svg
Map of Delhi showing results of the 2015 Vidhan Sabha election
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Chief Minister before election

President's rule
Republic of India

Elected Chief Minister

Arvind Kejriwal
AAP

A Delhi Legislative Assembly election was held on 7 February 2015 to elect 70 members of the Sixth Legislative Assembly of Delhi. The results were announced on 10 February 2015. The Aam Aadmi Party secured an absolute majority in the assembly, winning 67 of the 70 seats.[1]

Background[edit]

In the 2013 Delhi state elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (along with its pre-poll ally Shiromani Akali Dal) emerged as the single-largest party, winning 32 out of the 70 seats. However they fell short of an outright majority and therefore were unable to form the government. This led the then Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung to invite the Aam Aadmi Party, the second largest party after the BJP, to form the government.[2] On 28 December 2013, AAP formed the state government after taking outside support from the Indian National Congress.[3] AAP's leader Arvind Kejriwal, who defeated the incumbent chief minister Sheila Dikshit, became the 7th chief minister of Delhi. However, on 14 February 2014 (after 49 days of rule), Arvind Kejriwal resigned from his post citing the reason as his government's inability to table the Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi Assembly for discussion due to stiff opposition from other political parties in the house.

Delhi remained thereafter under President's Rule for about a year. On 4 November 2014, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung recommended the Union Cabinet for the dissolution of Delhi assembly and conduct fresh elections.[4][5] On 12 January 2015, the Election Commission of India announced that state assembly elections would be held on 7 February 2015 with results being announced on 10 February 2015.[1]

Schedule and electorate[edit]

The election commission announced the schedule for the elections on 12 January 2015.[6] Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) along with EVMs was used in 2 assembly seats in Delhi elections- New Delhi and Delhi Cantt.[7][8]

Date of notification 14 January 2015 Wednesday
Last date for nomination 21 January 2015 Wednesday
Date of scrutiny 22 January 2015 Thursday
Last date of withdrawal 24 January 2015 Saturday
Date of poll 7 February 2015 Saturday
Date of counting 10 February 2015 Tuesday
Election Complete 12 February 2015 Thursday

Voter statistics[edit]

Source[9]
Total 13,309,078
Male 7,389,088
Female 5,919,127
Third Gender 862
Service 5,110
Non Resident Indians 27

Campaign[edit]

Safety of women, corruption, water problems and price rises were the main issues in the election.[10]

Aam Aadmi Party[edit]

AAP started campaigning in Delhi in November 2014 and inducted several first-time candidates, with as many as 27 out of 70 MLA candidates.[11] AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal is the chief minister candidate and contesting the elections from the New Delhi seat again.[12] Other known names and prominent faces in their candidate list are Jarnail Singh, Surinder Singh (commando), former Transport Minister for Delhi Saurabh Bhardwaj, former Education Minister Manish Sisodia, and former Law Minister Somnath Bharti.

The rallies and roadshows of Arvind Kejriwal were a great success, drawing large enthusiastic crowds.[13] His nomination rally-cum-roadshow drew massive crowd and included flash mobs, slogans and chant of "5 Saal Kejriwal" song.[13][14] AAP has consistently targeted the issues of corruption, security, education, environmental pollution, employment opportunities for youth and making Delhi a world class city.[15][16]

Kejriwal's statement "Paise lekar sting kar lo" created controversies by asking volunteers to take bribes from other parties and do a sting. Kejriwal claimed that BJP had been trying to bribe AAP volunteers.[17] The situation rose The Election Commission of India, which issued notice to Kejriwal to desist from breaking the laws governing the model code of conduct for elections in India.[18] The Delhi court finally allowed Kejriwal to put forth his plea on the matter.[19]

BJP targeted AAP and Kejriwal in a series of controversial negative newspaper ads. AAP claimed that one of these ads made a derogatory reference to Kejriwal's caste, while another one with a garlanded portrait of Anna Hazare signified Hazare's death.[20][21] AAP threatened to complain about these ads to the Election Commission of India.

Noted music composer and party sympathizer Vishal Dadlani composed a song "Panch Saal Kejriwaal" (5 years of Kejriwal Government) in December 2014 to give a boost to AAP's campaign. The song was seen used in flash mobs, roadshows and rallies and was well received.[22] AAP's campaign included advertisements on bus stops, bill boards and in the Delhi Metro, mostly focusing on Blue and Yellow Lines. To save costs ads were put up only on one side of the Metro.[23]

The last days of the campaign saw TV actors Ayub Khan and Smita Bansal joining AAP.[24] The AAP strategy for campaigning included flash mobs, street plays (nukkad natak), human banners, posters and pamphlets in auto-rickshaws.[25]

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee tweeted on 5 February "My request to all of you in Delhi to please vote for AAP. For the greater need of the country and development in Delhi". TMC has stringently criticized BJP's central government in recent past. Also CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said in an interview, "15 seats are being contested jointly by Left parties in the Delhi polls. Rest of the 55 seats, our party has decided that it will ask our party members and voters to vote for the AAP. Most of the other left parties are also of the same view".[26]

Bharatiya Janata Party[edit]

On 10 January 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the BJP's campaign for the Delhi assembly polls by holding an Abhinandan rally at the Ramlila Maidan.[27] With some recent corruption allegations on BJP-Delhi unit head Satish Upadhyay, and on speculation of increasing internal fights for CM position between several big leaders liker Jagdeesh Mukhi, Vijay Goel and Satish Upadhyay, on 15 January 2015, BJP added Kiran Bedi as a prominent face to lead Delhi Campaign. Within 4 days, on 19 January, India's first woman IPS officer, anti-corruption activist and Magsaysay awardee Kiran Bedi was announced by the BJP as their candidate for chief minister in Delhi.[28]

Analysts questioned BJP's decision to project Kiran Bedi as the party's CM candidate, when two opinion polls indicated that AAP had gained ground over BJP after the announcement of her candidature.[29][30] Kiran Bedi was seen leaving news interviews and even questions of her being the first woman IPS and her role in towing Indra Gandhi's convoy car were raised.[31][32] Her induction led to internal rifts in the party, but the party president Amit Shah defended the decision.[33] On 2 February, Kiran Bedi's manager announced his resignation blaming her "dictatorial attitude", but then withdrew the resignation and apologized on the same day.[34]

Key party strategist Arun Jaitley was tasked with bringing together the BJP's campaign efforts, with regular meetings at the Delhi BJP office, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing four rallies. Also 11 central ministers and 17 lawmakers of the party were deployed in the campaign for Delhi.[35] Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj hit the campaign trail addressing several rallies in South and North West Delhi. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, held a public meeting in Bijwasan area of South West Delhi. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is scheduled to campaign for BJP Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Chemicals and Fertiliser Minister Ananth Kumar have been making rounds of Delhi BJP office for the last couple of days.[36] As of 29 January,Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has brought in 22 of its top ministers at the Centre and 17 MPs to take charge of the campaign.[37] According to another source " around 58 Union ministers and MPs took charge of Delhi constituencies. More than 70 MPs have been assigned to oversee preparations for the Feb. 7 polls to the 70-member Assembly," said a senior BJP leader.[38][39][40][41] Shazia Ilmi a member of AAP who has joined BJP saying BJP stands for good governance and development.[42]

BJP actively used the media for their campaign, and released a series of newspaper advertisements targeting AAP's CM candidate Arvind Kejriwal.[43]

During the last phases of the campaign rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi got poor turnouts and the BJP Delhi state unit was seen complaining about appointing Kiran Bedi as the CM candidate.[44]

BJP had prepoll alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal, whose candidates contested four seats: three on BJP's symbol and one on SAD's own symbol.[45]

Indian National Congress[edit]

On 13 January 2015, Ajay Maken was announced as the head of the Congress campaign committee.[46] Maken is also the party's chief minister candidate.[12] On 19 January, Maken released a booklet titled 49 dino ki ultee chaal, Dilli hui behal listing Kejriwal's U-turns and misgovernance during his 49-day government.[47]

Other parties[edit]

Other parties such as Bahujan Samaj Party, Poorvanchal Rashtriya Congress and Janata Dal are also part of the campaign but none have enough candidates to get a majority vote to form government on their own.[48]

Manifestos[edit]

Aam Aadmi Party[edit]

AAP released its manifesto on 31 January 2015.[49] Highlights of 70 point manifesto[50][51]

  • Resolved to legislate the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill after coming to power.
  • Legislate the Swaraj Act to devolve power directly to the people
  • Acting within constitutional framework AAP will use its moral and political authority to push for full statehood for Delhi
  • Will keep its promise of reducing electricity bills by half.
  • Conduct a comprehensive performance audit of discoms by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
  • Put Delhi's own power station at the pithead and comprehensively solve Delhi's electricity problem in long run.
  • AAP reiterates the 2013 Delhi manifesto promise of providing consumers right to choose between electricity providers.
  • Facilitate a phased shift to renewable and alternate sources of energy like Solar Energy.
  • Provide Water as a Right. It will provide access to clean drinking water to all of Delhi at an affordable price
  • Ensure free lifeline water of up to 20 kiloliters (20,000 liters) to every household per month.
  • Provide universal access to potable water to all its citizens of Delhi at a sustainable and affordable price.
  • Ensure firm implementation of the HC order that entitles Delhi to extra raw water from Haryana in the Munak canal
  • Preserve and replenish local and decentralized water resources to augment Delhi's water resources.
  • Committed to clamping down on Delhi's powerful water mafia working under the patronage of political leaders.
  • Several steps will be taken to revive the Yamuna including sewer treatment and control affluent discharge.
  • Formulate a clear policy and standards for the ownership and operation of e-rickshaws,

Bharatiya Janata Party[edit]

On 29 January 2015, the party announced that they would release a vision document before the elections, as full statehood for Delhi was a topic of debate in the party.[52][53] Although such is the case, beginning 28 January 2015, the BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi has initiated[54] a series of tweets with hashtag #KiransBlueprint detailing her plans for improving Delhi.[55] It has been said that no manifesto by BJP has provided AAP with a "much needed ammunition" in their Election Campaign[56]

On February 3, 2015, the BJP's vision document was released publicly. It included 270 points and 35 areas of focus, which included the following:[57]

  • 100% transparency
  • Unimpeachable integrity
  • Police accountability
  • Maximum measurability
  • Fiscal prudence
  • Zero tolerance to Corruption
  • Focus on youth affairs
  • Electricity & Water, Cleanliness
  • Education & Skill Development
  • Environment

Indian National Congress[edit]

Synopsis of Manifesto [58][59][60]

  • Vows to lower electricity charges in the national capital.
  • Rs.1.5/unit rate for 0–200 unit users.
  • 50 percent rebate for above 200 unit users.
  • Promises to provide free wi-fi facility across Delhi.
  • A uniform pension scheme of Rs. 2000 will be started.
  • Assure rate cut in power tariffs
  • Waive off old water supply bills.
  • Government internet cafes in all assembly seats
  • Committed to Yamuna cleaning
  • Free sewer connection to the people
  • Public transports would also have free wi-fi.
  • All hospitals would be equipped with modern diagnosis facilities.
  • Service assurance for all government employees. Regularization policies for government teachers and other government servants would follow.
  • Metro extension is certainly our commitment
  • Salary hike for anganwadi workers is also in agenda.
  • Women safety is our concern. civil defense and home guard recruitment will be increased
  • In addition to this, women’s toilets are on our agenda.
  • CCTV to be installed in public transport is another focus of the party.

Contestants[edit]

Nominations[edit]

The Election Commission cancelled the nomination of 230 candidates during the scrutiny of papers and 693 candidates were deemed valid to contest the polls.[61]

List of contestants of major parties[edit]

Bold signifies the winner

Constituency
No.
Constituency
Name
NDA AAP INC
1 Narela Neeldaman Khatri Sharad Chauhan Praveen Kum Bhugra
2 Burari Gopal Jha Sanjeev Jha Jile Singh Chauhan
3 Timarpur Smt. Rajni Abbi Pankaj Pushkar Surender Pal Singh
4 Adarsh Nagar Ram Kishan Singhal Pawan Kumar Sharma Mukesh Goel
5 Badli Rajesh Yadav Ajesh Yadav Devender Yadav
6 Rithala Kulwant Rana Mahindra Goel Jagdish Yadav
7 Bawana Ved Parkash Ram Chander Surender Kumar
8 Mundka Master Azad Singh Sukhbir Dalal Rita Shokeen
9 Kirari Anil Jha Vats Rituraj Jha Pratyush Kant
10 Sultan Pur Majra Prabhu Dayal Sai Sandeep Jai Kishan
11 Nangloi Jat Manoj Shokeen Raghuvendra Shaukeen Dr. Bijender Singh
12 Mangol Puri Surjeet Rakhi Bidlan Raj Kumar Chauhan
13 Rohini Vijendra Gupta Charanji Lal Gupta Sukhbir Sharma
14 Shalimar Bagh Smt. Rekha Gupta Bandana Kumari Sulekh Agarwal
15 Shakur Basti Dr. S. C. Vats Satyendra Kumar Jain Chaman Lal Sharma
16 Tri Nagar Nand Kishor Garg Jitender Tomar Anil Bhardwaj
17 Wazirpur Mahendra Nagpal Rajesh Gupta Hari Shankar Gupta
18 Model Town Vivek Garg Akhilesh Pati Tripathi Kanwar Karan Singh
19 Sadar Bazar Praveen Jain Som Dutt Ajay Maken
20 Chandni Chowk Suman Kumar Gupta Alka Lamba Prahlad S. Sawhney
21 Matia Mahal Anjum Dahalwi Asim Ahmed Khan Shoaib Iqbal
22 Ballimaran Shyam Morwal Imran Hussain Haroon Yusuf
23 Karol Bagh Yogendra Chandolia Vishesh Ravi Madan Khorwal
24 Patel Nagar Smt. Krishna Tirath Hazari Lal Chauhan Rajesh Lilothia
25 Moti Nagar Subhash Sachdeva Shiv Charan Goyal Raj Kumar Maggo
26 Madipur Rajkumar Phulwaria Girish Soni Malaram Gangwal
27 Rajouri Garden Manjinder Singh Sirsa* Jarnail Singh Dhanvanti Chandela
28 Hari Nagar Avtar Singh Hit* Jagdeep Singh CP Mittal
29 Tilak Nagar Rajeev Babbar Jarnail Singh Dhuli Chand Lohia
30 Janakpuri Prof. Jagdish Mukhi Rajesh Rishi Suresh Kumar
31 Vikaspuri Sanjay Singh Mahendra Yadav Nand Kishore Sehrawat
32 Uttam Nagar Pawan Sharma Naresh Balyan Mukesh Sharma
33 Dwarka Pradyuman Rajput Adarsh Shastri Mahabal Mishra
34 Matiala Rajesh Gehlot Gulab Singh Sumesh Shokeen
35 Najafgarh Ajeet Kharkhari Kailash Gehlot Jai Kishan Sharma
36 Bijwasan Sat Prakash Rana Devendra Sehrawat Vijay Singh Lochav
37 Palam Dharamdev Solanki Bhavna Gaur Madan Mohan
38 Delhi Cantonment Karan Singh Tanwar Surinder Singh Sandeep Tanwar
39 Rajinder Nagar Sardar R. P. Singh Vijender Garg Brahm Yadav
40 New Delhi Nupur Sharma Arvind Kejriwal Kiran Walia
41 Jangpura Maninder Singh Dhir Praveen Kumar Tarwinder S. Marwah
42 Kasturba Nagar Ravindra Choudhary Madan Lal Neeraj Basoya
43 Malviya Nagar Dr. Nandini Sharma Somnath Bharti Dr. Yoganand Shastri
44 R K Puram Anil Sharma Pramila Tokas Leeladhar Bhatt
45 Mehrauli Smt. Sarita Chaudhary Naresh Yadav Satbir Singh
46 Chhatarpur Brahm Singh Tanwar Kartar Singh Tanwar Bairam Tanwar
47 Deoli Arvind Kumar Prakash Jarwal Rajesh Chauhan
48 Ambedkar Nagar Ashok Chauhan Ajay Dutt Ch. Prem Singh
49 Sangam Vihar H. C. L. Gupta Dinesh Mohania Vishan Swaroop Agarwal
50 Greater Kailash Rakesh Gulia Saurabh Bhardwaj Sharmistha Mukherjee
51 Kalkaji Harmeet Singh Kalka* Avtar Singh Subhash Chopra
52 Tughlakabad Vikram Vidhuri Sahi Ram Sachin Bidhuri
53 Badarpur Rambir Vidhuri ND Sharma Ram Singh Netaji
54 Okhla Brahm Singh Vidhuri Amanatullah Khan Asif Muhammad Khan
55 Trilokpuri Smt. Kiran Vaidhya Raju Dhingan Brahm Pal
56 Kondli Hukum Singh Manoj Kumar Amrish Singh Gautam
57 Patparganj Vinod Kumar Binny Manish Sisodia Anil Kumar
58 Laxmi Nagar B. B. Tyagi Nitin Tyagi Dr. A. K. Walia
59 Vishwas Nagar Om Prakash Sharma Atul Gupta Naseeb Singh
60 Krishna Nagar Dr. Kiran Bedi S.K. Bagga Bansi Lal
61 Gandhi Nagar Jitendra Choudhary Anil Kumar Bajpai Surendra Kumar
62 Shahdara Jatinder Singh Shunty* Ram Niwas Goel Dr. Narender Nath
63 Seemapuri Karam Vir Chandel Rajendra Pal Gautam Veer Singh Dhingan
64 Rohtas Nagar Jitendra Mahajan Sarita Singh Vipin Sharma
65 Seelampur Sanjay Jain Mohammad Ishraque AKA Haji Ishraq & Bhure Bhai Ch. Mateen Ahmed
66 Ghonda Sahib Singh Chouhan SD Sharma Bheesham Sharma
67 Babarpur Naresh Gaur Gopal Rai Zakir Khan
68 Gokalpur Ranjeet Kashyap Fateh Singh Rinku
69 Mustafabad Jagdish Pradhan Haji Yunus Hasan Ahmed
70 Karawal Nagar Mohan Singh Bisht Kapil Mishra Satanpal

Analysis of Affidavits[edit]

Delhi Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 673 candidates who are contesting in the 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections. There are 70 political parties fielding candidates in these elections. In the previous elections in 2013 there were 77 political parties that contested and in 2008 there were 68 political parties that were in the fray. There are 66 (10%) female candidates out of 673 candidates contesting this year. In 2013 there were 71(9%) female candidates out of 810 candidates in the fray and in 2008 there were 81 (9%) female candidates out of 875 candidates contesting the elections.[62]

  • 114 (17%) Candidates with Criminal Cases[63]
  • 230 (34%) Crorepati Candidates[63]
  • 74 (11%) Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases[63]
  • Rs. 33.2 million Average Assets of Candidates.[63]

Opinion polls[edit]

Number of seats (70)[edit]

Survey Date Sample size Constituencies
covered
AAP BJP INC Others Ref(s)
ABP News-Nielsen 5–7 November 2014 6528 35 28 36 5 1 [64]
NewsX–CVoter 12 November 2014 2447 ? 26 37 6 2 [65][66]
Economic Times–TNS 21 Nov-5 Dec 2014 7113 35 22–25 43–47 0–3 0 [67]
ABP News–Nielsen 4–8 December 2014 6409 35 17 45 7 1 [68]
India Today–CICERO Wave 1 18 December 2014 4273 70 28±3 37±3 4±1 1±1 [69]
TV24 News India 25 December 2014 8200 70 39 23 5 3 [70]
India Today–CICERO Wave 2 12 January 2015 4459 70 25–30 34–40 3–5 0–2 [71]
India TV-CVoter 12 January 2015 4238 ? 29 35 5 1 [72]
ABP News–Nielsen 15 January 2015 6414 70 28 34 8 0 [73]
News Nation 11–15 January 2015 3195 ? 33±2 31±2 5±1 1±1 [74]
Zee News-Taleem 10–16 January 2015 4200 35 29 37 4 0 [75][76]
India TV-CVoter 18–24 January 1306 ? 28 37 5 0 [77]
The Week-IMRB 22–24 January 2015 4055 70 29±2 36±2 4±1 1±1 [78]
ABP News–Nielsen 24–25 January 2015 6396 35 35 29 6 0 [79]
Hindustan Times-C fore 10-19 and 24–27 January 2015 7147 ? 31–36 31–36 2–7 0 [80]
India TV-CVoter 25–31 January 10862 ? 31 36 2 1 [81]
Economic Times-TNS 25–31 January 2015 3260 16 38±2 30±2 2±1 0 [30]
Hindustan Times-C fore 27 January - 1 February 2015 3578 ? 36-41 27-32 2-7 0-5 [82]
AAP (internal) 31 January - 1 February 2015 3188 35 51±6 15±5 4±2 - [83]
NDTV Poll of Opinion Polls
(based on C fore, TNS and Nielsen)
3 February 2015 - - 37 29 4 0 [84]
India Today Group-Cicero 3 February 2015 3972 ? 42±4 22±3 5±2 1±1 [85]
Times Now Poll of Polls
(based on C fore, TNS, Nielsen, CVoter and IMRB)
3 February 2015 - - 34 32 2 4 [86]
Data Mineria 4 February 2015 ? ? 27 36 7 0 [87]
News Nation 31 January - 4 February 2015 3000 ? 32±2 33±2 4±1 0-1 [88]
Zee News-Taleem 4 February 2015 ? ? 32±2 34±2 4±1 0 [89]
Total TV news 4 February 2015 36539 70 49±4 21±4 2 0 [90]
Research and Development Initiative 5 February 2015 21000 70 23±2 43±2 2±2 0 [91]

Vote share[edit]

Survey Date AAP BJP INC Others Ref(s)
TV24 news Chandigarh 28 December 2014 53% 32% 9% 6% [92][unreliable source?]
ABP News–Nielsen 10 November 2014 38% 38% 22% 14% [93]
NewsX–CVoter 12 November 2014 39% 44% 11% 6% [65][66]
ABP News–Nielsen 12 December 2014 27% 38% 24% 11% [68]
India Today–CICERO Wave 1 18 December 2014 36% 39% 16% 9% [69]
The Economic Times–TNS 21 Nov-5 Dec 2014 40% 46% N/A N/A [67]
TotalTV News 23 December 2014 48% 40% 8% 4% [94]
India Today–CICERO Wave 2 12 January 2015 36% 40% 16% 8% [71]
India TV-CVoter 12 January 2015 40% 42% 11% 7% [72]
ABP News–Nielsen 15 January 2015 31% 35% 24% 10% [73]
News Nation 11–15 January 2015 39% 35% 15% 5% [74]
ABP News–Nielsen 19 January 2015 46% 45% 8% 1% [95]
Zee News-Taleem 10–16 January 2015 35% 44% 14% 7% [75][76]
India TV news- C Voter 18–24 January 40% 45% 10% 5% [77]
ABP News–Nielsen snap poll 24–25 January 2015 50% 41% 9% 0% [96]
Hindustan Times-C fore 10-19 and 24–27 January 2015 38.4% 38% 14.5% 9.1% [80]
Hindustan Times-C fore 27 January - 1 February 2015 40% 37% 15% 8% [82]
Total TV news 20 January - 3 February 2015 47.63% 35.57% 13.68% 3.12% [90]

Line Chart showing seats as per opinion polls

  AAP
  BJP
  INC
  Others

Voting[edit]

Polling took place at 12,177 polling stations. As many as 95,000 government officials were deployed for election duty. 16,000 control units 20,000 ballot units were to be used for polling. As for security inside polling booths, 1,200 micro observers oversaw the entire procedure and also reported technical problems in EVM operations. According to the Delhi CEO, a total of 43,235 postal ballots were received in comparison to 41,095 during the Assembly Elections 2013.[97]

A record 67.08% turnout was registered on the election day. The voter turnout was 1.22% higher than 65.86% polling in 2013 Assembly polls. The polling percentage was 65.07% in the Lok Sabha polls in April, 2014.[98]

Allegations on Breaking Code of Conduct[edit]

BJP’s candidate Surjeet Kumar from Mangolpuri was detained on night before Election following allegations of liquor distribution. As per the reports, he was caught distributing liquor to people around 3.30 am.[99] Liquor bottles recovered from a car purportedly owned by him.[100]

AAP lodged a complaint to Election Commission against Kiran Bedi for violating model code of conduct in Krishna Nagar Constituency by holding pad-yatra and asking for votes on the day of Election.[101][102]

Exit polls[edit]

Survey Date Ref(s)
AAP BJP INC Others
India TV-C Voter 7/02/2015 35-43 25-33 0-2 0 [103]
India Today-Cicero 7/02/2015 38–46 19–27 3–5 0-2 [104]
ABP-Nielsen 7/02/2015 43 26 1 0 [105]
Today's Chanakya 7/02/2015 48 22 0 0 [106]
Axis 7/02/2015 53 17 0 0 [106]
News Nation 7/02/2015 41-45 23-27 1-3 0-1 [107]
Data Mineria 7/02/2015 31 35 4 0 [108]

Result[edit]

On 10 February 2015, counting was held. AAP won 67 seats and BJP just 3.[109] Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi lost to Aam Aadmi Party candidate SK Bagga in the Krishna Nagar constituency by 2277 votes.[110] Congress party candidates lost deposits in 63 of the 70 seats, including senior leaders Ajay Maken, Yoganand Shastri, Kiran Walia and Sharmistha Mukherjee.[111] Arvind Kejriwal took oath as the CM of Delhi on 14 February 2015.[112]

By party[edit]

Summary of the 7 February 2015 Delhi Legislative Assembly election results
Parties and coalitions Popular vote Seats
Votes % ±pp Contested Won +/− %
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 48,78,397 54.3 Increase24.8 70 67 Increase39 95.7
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 28,90,485 32.2 Decrease0.8 69 3 Decrease28 4.2
Indian National Congress (INC) 8,66,814 9.7 Decrease14.9 70 0 Decrease8 0.0
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 117,093 1.3 Decrease4.1 70 0 Steady 0.0
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) 54,464 0.6 Steady 2 0 Steady 0.0
Independents (IND) 47,623 0.5 Decrease2.4 222 0 Decrease1 0.0
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) 44,880 0.5 Decrease0.5 1 0 Decrease1 0.0
Other parties and candidates 42,589 0.5 Decrease2.1 376 0 Steady 0.0
None of the Above (NOTA) 35,924 0.4 Steady
Total 89,78,269 100.00 880 70 ±0 100.0
Valid votes 89,42,372 99.56
Invalid votes 39,856 0.44
Votes cast / turnout 89,82,228 67.47
Abstentions 43,31,067 32.53
Registered voters 1,33,13,295
Source: Election Commission of India[113]


Vote Share of different parties in the election.

  AAP (54.3%)
  BJP (32.2%)
  INC (9.7%)
  BSP (1.3%)
  INLD (0.6%)
  IND (0.5%)
  NOTA (0.4%)
  Other (0.5%)

By constituency[edit]

# Constituency Elected Member Party Margin Votes%[114]
1 Narela Sharad Chauhan AAP 40292 59.97
2 Burari Sanjeev Jha AAP 67950 63.82
3 Timarpur Pankaj Pushkar AAP 20647 51.05
4 Adarsh Nagar Pawan Kumar Sharma AAP 20741 51.36
5 Badli Ajesh Yadav AAP 35376 51.14
6 Rithala Mahindra Goel AAP 29251 56.63
7 Bawana Ram Chander AAP 24052 45.39
8 Mundka Sukhbir Dalal AAP 40826 57.22
9 Kirari Rituraj Jha AAP 45172 61.66
10 Sultan Pur Majra Sandeep Kumar AAP 64439 69.5
11 Nangloi Jat Raghuvinder Shokeen AAP 37024 54.64
12 Mangol Puri Rakhi Birla AAP 22699 46.94
13 Rohini Vijendra Gupta BJP 5367 49.83
14 Shalimar Bagh Bandana Kumari AAP 10978 52.14
15 Shakur Basti Satyendra Kumar Jain AAP 3133 48.67
16 Tri Nagar Jitender Tomar AAP 22311 55.7
17 Wazirpur Rajesh Gupta AAP 22044 54.85
18 Model Town Akhilesh Pati Tripathi AAP 16706 52.38
19 Sadar Bazar Som Dutt AAP 34315 56.6
20 Chandni Chowk Alka Lamba AAP 18287 49.35
21 Matia Mahal Asim Ahmed Khan AAP 26096 59.23
22 Ballimaran Imran Hussain AAP 33877 59.71
23 Karol Bagh Vishesh Ravi AAP 32880 59.8
24 Patel Nagar Hazari Lal Chauhan AAP 34638 59.05
25 Moti Nagar Shiv Charan Goyal AAP 15221 53.13
26 Madipur Girish Soni AAP 29387 57.24
27 Rajouri Garden Jarnail Singh AAP 10036 46.55
28 Hari Nagar Jagdeep Singh AAP 26496 58.42
29 Tilak Nagar Jarnail Singh AAP 19890 55.1
30 Janakpuri Rajesh Rishi AAP 25580 57.72
31 Vikaspuri Mahinder Yadav AAP 77665 62.53
32 Uttam Nagar Naresh Balyan AAP 30419 51.99
33 Dwarka Adarsh Shastri AAP 39366 59.08
34 Matiala Gulab Singh AAP 47004 54.91
35 Najafgarh Kailash Gahlot AAP 1555 34.62
36 Bijwasan Devinder Kumar Sehrawat AAP 19536 54.99
37 Palam Bhavna Gaur AAP 30849 55.96
38 Delhi Cantonment Surinder Singh AAP 11198 51.82
39 Rajinder Nagar Vijender Garg AAP 20051 53.39
40 New Delhi Arvind Kejriwal AAP 31583 64.14
41 Jangpura Praveen Kumar AAP 20450 48.11
42 Kasturba Nagar Madan Lal AAP 15896 51.55
43 Malviya Nagar Somnath Bharti AAP 15897 54.99
44 R K Puram Pramila Tokas AAP 19068 56.77
45 Mehrauli Naresh Yadav AAP 16951 51.06
46 Chhatarpur Kartar Singh Tanwar AAP 22240 54.29
47 Deoli Prakash Jarwal AAP 63937 70.61
48 Ambedkar Nagar Ajay Dutt AAP 42460 68.39
49 Sangam Vihar Dinesh Mohaniya AAP 43988 65.96
50 Greater Kailash Saurabh Bhardwaj AAP 14583 53.3
51 Kalkaji Avtar Singh AAP 19769 51.72
52 Tughlakabad Sahi Ram AAP 33701 62.4
53 Badarpur Narayan Dutt Sharma AAP 47583 59.3
54 Okhla Amanatullah Khan AAP 64532 62.57
55 Trilokpuri Raju Dhingan AAP 29754 58.62
56 Kondli Manoj Kumar AAP 24759 50.66
57 Patparganj Manish Sisodia AAP 24759 53.58
58 Laxmi Nagar Nitin Tyagi AAP 4846 42.55
59 Vishwas Nagar Omprakash Sharma BJP 10158 45.16
60 Krishna Nagar S.K. Bagga AAP 2277 47.99
61 Gandhi Nagar Anil Kumar Bajpai AAP 7482 45.24
62 Shahdara Ram Niwas Goel AAP 11731 49.49
63 Seemapuri Rajendra Pal Gautam AAP 48821 63.04
64 Rohtas Nagar Sarita Singh AAP 7874 45.96
65 Seelampur Haji Ishraq (Bhure Bhai) AAP 27887 51.26
66 Ghonda Shri Dutt Sharma AAP 8093 44.96
67 Babarpur Gopal Rai AAP 35488 59.3
68 Gokalpur Fateh Singh AAP 31968 48.71
69 Mustafabad Jagdish Pradhan BJP 6031 35.33
70 Karawal Nagar Kapil Mishra AAP 44431 59.85


Reactions[edit]

  • Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi called up Arvind Kejriwal and congratulated him on his thumping victory in Delhi and assured him of all support from the Centre for development of the national capital.[115]
  • West Bengal's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her "heartiest congratulations" to the party. She also said "This is a victory for the people and a big defeat for the arrogant and those who are doing political vendetta & spreading hate among people."[116]
  • CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said “The stupendous victory of AAP in the Delhi election is a total rejection of BJP and the leadership of Narendra Modi”.[117]
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu said in a statement that "The victory of AAP reflects the greatness of democracy in India".[118]
  • Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said "The Delhi (Assembly election) results are an example to show that the people are thinking differently from traditional politics".[119]
  • Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar told the media "People want development with justice. They never accept arrogance. This is reflected in AAP's victory in Delhi".[120]
  • Singer Vishal Dadlani tweeted that he was "Wavin' the Jhaadu!".[121]
  • BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi congratulated Kejriwal and also asked him "make it a world class city".[122]
  • Gul Panag, actor-turned-politician and a candidate for General elections 2014 from Chandigarh from Aam Aadmi Party, said that the citizens of Delhi are creditable for the win and exclaimed that she wants to expand the party in Chandigarh.[123] She also turned out for campaigning for Aam Aadmi Party for the elections.[124]
  • Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray mocked BJP by stating "Voters in Delhi have shown that a tsunami is bigger than any wave ." [125]
  • Rajdeep Sardesai A famous Indian Journalist referring to AAP's use of Social Media and indifference of mainstream media to AAP before election said "In the 2015 Delhi elections, Arvind Kejriwal didn't just demolish his opposition; he also defeated the media. The AAP leader had gone over our heads, effectively used social media, but most importantly, gone directly to those who really mattered: the voter! Pompous editors, noisy anchors and a corporatised media ownership had all been defeated." [126]

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