Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: In one of the most exciting outcome among the five states that went to polls in November and December, the results in Delhi Assembly Elections has surprised many with the first time entrant into the electoral arena, the Aam Aamdi Party putting up a good show.
While the Congress was facing a huge anti-incumbency and had to face a tough fight from the BJP and Congress, the defeat of three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has come as a huge blow for the ruling party.
The BJP has won 32 seats, AAP 28, Congress 8 and others 2.
The counting for the largest turnout in Delhi - over 66 percent - began at 8 am. A total 11,993 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been kept under high security in 14 counting centres across the city.
Delhi Assembly Elections Result: Updates
Mahinder Yadav of AAP wins from Vikaspuri constituency.
AAP`s Surender Singh, a former NSG commando and part of the team that fought the 26/11 terrorists in Mumbai, defeated Bharatiya Janata Party`s Karan Singh Tanwar in the Delhi Cantonment constituency.
AAP`s Somnath Bharti wins in South Delhi`s Malviya Nagar constituency defeating BJP`s Arti Mehra.
Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf defeats Moti Lal Sodhi of BJP in Ballimaran.
AAP`s Vinod Kumar Binny defeats Congress` AK Walia in Laxmi Nagar.
Arvind Kejriwal wins New Delhi constituency, defeats Sheila Dixit by 22,000 votes, tweets AAP.
BJP`s Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan wins from Krishna Nagar constituency by over 30,000 votes.
Bandana Kumari of AAP defeats three-time BJP MLA Ravindra Nath by 10,712 votes in Shalimar Bagh.
Girish Soni of AAP wins from Madipur with 36,393 votes.
AAP`s Shazia Ilmi loses to BJP`s Anil Sharma by 340 votes in RK Puram.
In Bawana constituency, BJP`s Gugan Singh defeated AAP`s Manoj by 25,639 votes.
Congress` Devender Yadav defeats Vijay Kumar Bhagat of the BJP in Badli by 23,109 votes.
BJP`s Subhash Sachdeva has won the Moti Nagar seat, defeating AAP`s Kuldeep Singh Channa by 16,021 votes.
Congress` Prahlad Singh Sawhney beats Suman Kumar Gupta, the BJP candidate, in Chandni Chowk.
AAP`s Saurabh Bhardwaj beats VK Malhotra`s son Ajay Malhotra in Greater Kailash. Meanwhile, AAP`s Manish Sisodia wins in Patparganj.
BJP CM candidate Harsh Vardhan now heads towards the counting centre.
AAP candidate Akhilesh Pati Tripathi wins from Model Town.
BJP`s Ram Singal wins in Adarsh Nagar by 9,000 votes.
Delhi Urban Development Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely defeats BJP`s Ramesh Chand Jain by nearly 16,000 votes in the Gandhi Nagar constituency.
AAP candidate Shazia Ilmi leading by 40 votes after round 12, says a report.
Vijender Singh from Nangloi, Congress, loses.
BJP`s Ramesh Bidhuri retains Tughlaqabad seat in Delhi beating BSP`s Sahi Ram by over 2,000 votes.
Tarvinder Singh Marwah of Congress leading by over 11,000 votes in Jangupra.
AAP Candidate Jagdeep Singh wins from Harinagar. Ex-BJP MLA Harsharan Singh Balli loses despite contesting on Congress ticket.
Former Delhi CM late Saheb Singh Verma`s son Pravesh Verma of BJP defeats Yoganand Shastri of Congress in Mehrauli constituency.
Akali candidate Harmeet Singh Kalka from Kalkaji wins.
Kulwant Rana of BJP wins Delhi`s Rithala seat.
BJP`s Nandkishor Garg wins Tringar seat by 2,800 votes beating his nearest AAP rival.
AAP candidates win Shakur Basti, Ambedkar Nagar, Deoli and Sangam Vihar seats in Delhi.
A news agency reports that Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is trailing behind Arvind Kejriwal by over 8,000 votes in New Delhi constituency.
As per the Election Commission of India (at 12:30 pm), the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is leading in 36 seats against the AAP`s 25 and Congress` 07. Shiromani Akali Dal and an Independent are ahead in one seat each.
Arvind Kejriwal wins from New Delhi constituency by a huge margin, claim AAP supporters.
Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit sends her resignation to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.
BJP gains majority in Delhi, gets 36 seats, AAP 21, Congress 9, Others 4
Dr Harsh Vardhan leads with 9,166 votes in Krishna Nagar.
At 11:33 am, trends say BJP is ahead in 35 seats, AAP in 24, Congress in seven and Others in four.
Arvind Kejriwal leading by over 5,000 seats in New Delhi against Sheila Dikshit.
AAP leading in Mangolpuri, Madipur, Tilak Nagar and Hari Nagar; BJP ahead in Nangloi, Janakpuri, Vikaspuri.
After round 2 of counting in New Delhi constituency, Arvind Kejriwal leads Sheila Dikshit by 3,500 votes.
Out of 70 Assembly seats, BJP is ahead in 31 seats, AAP in 25, Congress in 13 and Others in one at 10:25 am.
At 10:19 am, BJP is leading in 32 seats, AAP in 25, Congress in 11 and Others in 1.
Delhi`s Health Minister AK Walia trails in Lakshmi Nagar.
At 9:58 am, trends for 66 out of 70 seats are out. BJP is ahead in 31, Congress in 09, AAP in 24 and Others in 2.
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is leading by over 1,500 votes in New Delhi constituency from where Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is contesting.
At 9:48 am, trends for 62 out of 70 seats are out. BJP is ahead in 27, Congress in 10, AAP in 22 and Others in 3.
The BJP is leading in 26 of the 58 seats for which trends were available at 9:38 am as counting is underway of the votes cast in the elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly. The ruling Congress is leading in nine seats, the AAP in 21 and Others in 2.
BJP`s CM candidate Harsh Vardhan leads from Krishna Nagar. AAP`s Manish Sisodia ahead in Patparganj. Arvind Kejriwal trails in New Delhi constituency.
As per trends at 9:25 am for 49 out of 70 seats - BJP is ahead in 21, Congress in eight, AAP in 17, and Others in three.
BJP is leading in 15, AAP in 14, Congress in 6 and Others in 3 seats respectively as per trends at 9:17 am.
Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit is leading in high-profile New Delhi constituency.
As per trends at 9:08 am for 25 out of 70 seats - BJP is ahead in 10, and Congress, AAP, and Others in five each.
AAP`s Shazia Ilmi trailing from RK Puram.
At 9:00 am, BJP is ahead in six seats, Congress in two, AAP in four and Others in five.
As per trends at 8:53 am, the BJP is leading in one seat and the AAP in two seats.
First trend in from Delhi and it is an Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Narela seat.
Counting process has begun.
Watering down AAP`s big win, BJP leader Arun Jaitley says people wanted to experiment with new party. How long this type of politics last, lets see, adds Jaitley.
Aam Aadmi Party`s victory forces us to think politics in a way different from the traditional way the major parties have been doing, says Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.
BJP president Rajnath Singh addresses a press conference, says AAP benefitted the most from anti-incumbency.
Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung dissolved the Legislative Assembly and forwarded the resignation of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to President Pranab Mukherjee.
This is not mine but people`s victory, Arvind Kejriwal tells supporters.
I thank my constituents of Krishna Nagar, says Dr Harsh Vardhan. He further congratulated AAP for its performance and thanked Sheila Dixit for having served Delhi for 15 years.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and election in-charge for Delhi Nitin Gadkari congratulated AAP for its performance.
Bharatiya Janata Party`s state unit president Vijay Goel expressed confidence that his party would get a complete majority. Playing down AAP`s stunning emergence, Goel says the Arvind Kejriwal-led party reaped the benefits of the anti-Congress movement initiated by the BJP.
AAP cut our votes, says Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad, adding the percentage of BJP votes may have also lessoned due to AAP`s performance.
After sending her resignation to Delhi Lt Governor, Sheila Dikshit says: "We have to analyse what went wrong." She said she accepts election results with due respect and further thanked everyone for their support for 15 years. Asked whether she failed to read the public mood, she sarcastically said, "Bewakoof hai na hum?"
As AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal edged past Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the New Delhi Assembly constituency, Congress workers performed prayers outside her residence for victory.
Putting on a brave face, Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar says it is not the BJP but AAP which has weakened Congress in Delhi.
Anna Hazare advises Kejriwal not to take support from any party in Delhi.
The Bharatiya Janata Party admits that the Delhi verdict was not "to our expectations". "We thought we will get a clear majority but the results are not to our expectations," said BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi.
Former IPS officer and flagbearer of the India Against Corruption movement Kiran Bedi tweets: "Aap was born when Congress refused to set up an SIT on Coalgate in July 2011!Had it done so!Aap may not have been there today to beat them!"
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan of AAP said: "(The) Congress, BJP were offering money to voters earlier. I am sure they will try to poach our candidates too."
Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi admits Congress is losing in Delhi, but adds his party is leading in Chhattisgarh. Hitting out at the BJP, Singhvi asked since the BJP`s PM candidate Narendra Modi addressed many rallies in Chhattisgarh and Delhi, where is the Modi wave?
In an exlusive interview to Zee Media, Dr Harsh Vardhan watered down the emergence of AAP in Delhi, the fiefdom of BJP and Congress, saying everyone has the right to enter in political landscape. On Narendra Modi`s impact on Delhi polls, the BJP`s CM candidate said the phenomenon of party`s PM candidate played an important role.
Dr Harsh Vardhan refutes AAP`s allegations of poaching its candidates.
Arvind Kejriwal, the convenor of Aam Aadmi Party, will hold press conference at 1 pm.
Congress workers conduct prayers outside Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit`s residence.
BJP celebrating ahead of results, ‘victory’ posters at party’s Delhi HQ.
BJP`s Dr Harsh Vardhan says: "Congress and AAP are fighting, we are far ahead of both". Hoping to get 40, Dr Harsh Vardhan`s wife, Nutan Goyal, says she completely believes her husband would be Delhi`s next CM. My day started off in a routine way, nothing special today, says Dr Harsh Vardhan.