New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal, on Tuesday claimed a huge victory in the assembly elections in Delhi. The results fall in line with exit polls which had claimed the AAP will sweep the polls while the BJP would be a distant second. Kejriwal will take oath on February 16, as reported by news agency ANI.

According to the latest Election Commission (EC) data, the AAP has won 62 seats, while the BJP has won 8 seats. The seats where the BJP won are Ghonda, Karawal Nagar, Rohini, Rohtas Nagar, Vishwas Nagar, Bawana, Gandhi Nagar and Laxmi Nagar.

The Congress, like 2015, once again failed to open its account.

AAP’s stupendous victory comes nearly eight months after it suffered a severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls in which the party drew a blank while the BJP won all the seven seats.

Congratulating Kejriwal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished him ‘the very best’ in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of the national capital.

“Congratulations to AAP and Shri Arvind Kejriwal Ji for the victory in the Delhi Assembly Elections. Wishing them the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Delhi,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal greeted the people of Delhi with a smiling face at a roadshow and said, “I love you”.

The 51-year-old AAP chief said that a new kind of politics has emerged from the Delhi Assembly polls with people rewarding the party which built schools, hospitals and provided cheap electricity round-the-clock.

“It is a victory of the people of Delhi who considered me their son... Lord Hanuman has blessed us. May god give us more strength to serve people of Delhi,” Kejriwal said.

Meanwhile, the BJP has said that it has accepted the ‘people’s mandate’, adding that it would play the role of a constructive opposition in Delhi.

Congratulating Arvind Kejriwal and AAP for their victory in the Delhi assembly election, BJP President JP Nadda said in a series of tweets that the saffron party hopes the AAP government will work for the overall development of the national capital.

Nadda also expressed gratitude towards BJP workers, saying they worked day and night for the party's victory.

“The BJP respects the mandate given by the people of Delhi. All the workers worked tirelessly in this election and have been engaged in elections day and night. Heartfelt greetings and thanks to all the workers,” Nadda tweeted.

Apart from BJP, the Congress -- which continued its dismal show in the Delhi polls after it once again failed to open its account -- also congratulated AAP and Arvind Kejriwal while accepting its defeat. The grand old party also vowed to rebuild and revive itself at the grassroots level in the national capital.

“People’s mandate is against us, we accept it. We have resolved to revive and rebuild the party. Our vote percentage (across the elections) has come down from 22 per cent to 5-6 per cent. This is a matter of concern and needs evaluation. The Congress and its Delhi unit have decided to redraw from the grassroots and bring in newer, fresher leadership,” said Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference.

The elections in the national capital took place in the midst of massive protests in the city and elsewhere over the new citizenship law, an issue which was strongly raised by the BJP top leadership during the campaigning which often turned bitter and vitriolic.

The political opponents of the BJP accused the saffron party of carrying out a ‘divisive’ campaign to polarise the voters by consistently highlighting the over 50-day demonstration by a group of women in Shaheen Bagh area.

Though BJP's campaign focused on national security issues, the AAP mainly focused on its achievements in the fields of education, healthcare and infrastructure.

The AAP had registered a sensational victory in 2015 by winning 67 seats in a hurricane march that almost wiped out the BJP and the Congress.

 

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma