Delhi Elections 2020 Voting: Polling ends, 54.78 per cent turnout recorded till 6.00 pm | As it happened
New Delhi Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A turnout of 54.78 per cent was recorded on Saturday in Delhi. The polling for the 70 assembly constituencies in Delhi began at 8.00 am on Saturday and will continue till 6.00 pm. Over 1.47 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that he is hopeful that the Aam Aadmi Party would form government for the third time in Delhi. After casting his vote, Kejriwal said that the people of Delhi will vote based on the work done by the AAP government. "Voted along with my family, including my first-time voter son. Urge all young voters to come out to vote. Your participation strengthens democracy," Kejriwal tweeted.
This time, the elections in Delhi will witness a triangular contest between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress. The AAP, under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is seeking to retain the power in the national capital amid a challenge from the BJP. On the other hand, the Congress, which governed Delhi from 1998 to 2013, is hoping to spring a surprise after failing to win even a single seat in the 2015 Assembly Election.
Here are the highlights of the polling for the Assembly Elections in Delhi:
18:06 pm: The polling has ended and according to the voter turnout app of the Election Commission, a turnout of 54.78 per cent has been recorded till 6.00 pm.
17:03 pm: According to the voter turnout app of the Election Commission, a turnout of 44.84 per cent has been recorded till 5.00 pm.
16:39 pm: Union Minister Giriraj Singh on AAP alleging that he distributed money to influence voters: I had just gone to the shop to buy some stuff. The shopkeeper is a known person. It has been done to raise an issue of Bihari vs non-Bihari.
16:12 pm: According to the voter turnout app of the Election Commission, a turnout of 42.41 per cent has been recorded till 4.00 pm.
15:55 pm: Senior CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat casts his vote at Sanchar Bhawan.
14:57 pm: Former President Pranab Mukherjee casts his vote at a polling station at Kamraj lane in New Delhi Constituency.
14:24 pm: The AAP had got 54.3 per cent votes in the 2015 Assembly polls, while the BJP secured 32 per cent and the Congress bagged just 9.6 per cent of the total votes polled.
14:04 pm: 27.48 pc turnout has been recorded till 2.00 pm
13:29 pm: Wrestler Sushil Kumar casts his vote at a polling booth in Baprola village.
13:29 pm: Raihan Rajiv Vadra, son of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra: It was a nice feeling to take part in the democratic process. Everyone should exercise their right to vote; I think everyone should have access to public transport and it should be subsidized for students.
13:22 pm: As soon as I came out from polling booth I saw son of AAP candidate arguing with the police over getting admission inside polling booth. At that moment, an AAP worker Harmesh used abusive language against me. Thank the police who arrested him immediately: Alka Lamba
12:59 pm: Each vote of you is important for the unity and integrity of the country and holistic development of Delhi. Your vote only will be script the golden future of Delhi. 'Pehle Matdan, Phir Jalpan'. Jai Hind: BJP President JP Nadda
12:30 pm: There's adequate arrangement in place for smooth conduct of polls. All senior officers along with the forces patrolling the area. PCR and QRTs deployed at sensitive areas: CP Eastern Range Alok Kumar
11:53 am: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani and his daughter Pratibha Advani cast their vote at a polling booth on Aurangzeb lane.
11:52 am: Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa and senior Congress leader Dr Karan Singh at a polling station in Chanakyapuri area.
11:36 am: Scuffle breaks out between AAP and Congress workers near Majnu ka Teela, Congress candidate Alka Lamba tries to slap an AAP worker. AAP leader Sanjay Singh has said the party will complain to Election Commission.
11:10 am: 7.18 per cent turnout recorded till 11.00 am
11:04 am: Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi arrives at Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi assembly constituency to cast her vote. She is accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who will cast her vote at booth no. 114 and 116 at Lodhi Estate.
10:47 am: Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Singh cast their vote at Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi assembly constituency.
10:44 am: 110-yrs-old Kalitara Mandal, the oldest voter of Delhi, casts her vote at SDMC Primary School, Chittaranjan Park in Greater Kailash assembly constituency.
Delhi: Voters queue outside a polling booth in Jamia Nagar as polling for legislative assembly elections is underway pic.twitter.com/d8vqZVd0Xv— ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2020
10:31 am: President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind cast their votes at Dr Rajendra Prasad Kendriya Vidyalaya, President’s Estate.
10:25 am: Voted along with my family, including my first-time voter son. Urge all young voters to come out to vote. Your participation strengthens democracy, says Arvind Kejriwal
10:15 am: An election officer deployed at a polling booth in Babarpur Primary School in Northeast Delhi has died: Delhi Police
9:58 am: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with his family casts his vote at a polling booth in Civil Lines.
9:39 am: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal leaves for casting his vote.
9:38 am: Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Rajinder Nagar, Raghav Chadha casts his vote at a polling station in Rajinder Nagar
9:30 am: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi casts her vote at a polling station in South Extension Part-II. Delhi
9:22 am: EVM is also not functioning at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya booth number 114, New Delhi constituency, reports ANI.
9:12 am: Former Vice-President Hamid Ansari and senior RSS leader Ram Lal cast vote at Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi assembly constituency.
9:10 am: Congress candidate from the Chandni Chowk assembly constituency Alka Lamba casts her vote at polling booth number 161 at Tagore Garden Extension.
8:59 am: Voting has not yet begun at C10 block booth in Yamuna Vihar due to a technical issue in the EVM. Election Commission's technical team at the spot, reports ANI.
8:47 am: Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan along with his mother arrive at Ratan Devi Public School in Krishna Nagar to cast their votes
8:32 am: BJP MP Parvesh Verma casts his vote at a polling station in Matiala assembly constituency.
8:19 am: A queue of voters at a polling booth in Shaheen Public School in Shaheen Bagh, Okhla. AAP's Amanatullah is the sitting MLA and 2020 candidate of the party, he is up against Congress's Parvez Hashmi and BJP's Brahm Singh Bidhuri.
8:12 am: "It is basic duty of every citizen to vote. It is important to get out there and contribute": EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar as he cast his vote at the polling station set up at NDMC School of Science and Humanities Education at Tuglak Cresent.
8:08 am: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ram Madhav arrives at a polling station in Jhandewalan area in Karol Bagh assembly constituency.
8:07 am: "Urging the people of Delhi, especially my young friends, to vote in record numbers," says PM Modi.
8:01 am: Polling for 70 Assembly constituencies in Delhi begins.
7:57 am: I am confident that in the next five years Delhi will have Saaf paani, saaf hawa aur saaf vyavhaar: BJP candidate from Krishna Nagar Assembly constituency Dr. Anil Goel
7:48 am: Today, people of Delhi will vote for better education and future for their children: Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia
7:45 am: Voting across 13,750 polling booths will begin shortly.
7:33 am: BJP candidate from Hari Nagar assembly constituency Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga offers prayers at Fateh Nagar Gurudwara.
7:31 am: Voters outside a polling station in Jhandewalan area in Karol Bagh assembly constituency. AAP has fielded its sitting MLA Vishesh Ravi from here. BJP's Yogendra Chandolia and Congress' Gaurav Dhanak are contesting from here.
7:28 pm: The polling will begin at 8 am and will end at 6 pm.
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