For the Delhi Assembly Elections 2015, voting and campaigning may have ended a few days ago, but the results arrived only yesterday. Yesterday i.e 10th February 2015, the Election Commission of India commenced with the counting of votes for the 70 Assembly Constituencies of Delhi for which the 67.14% of Delhi voters cast their votes on 7th February 2015. Although, the Commission and CEO Delhi conducted the Election with utmost caution, still, 2 of the polling booths did, unfortunately, have to face some problems with the Electronic Voting Machines. Nevertheless, the re-polling was immediately scheduled for these 2 polling booths on 9th February itself, which was a day before the announcement of results. The two booths, where re-polling was scheduled, were: –
- Delhi Cantt.- Booth no. 31(925 voters)
- Rohtash Nagar- Booth no. 132(970 voters)
We can hence, assume that all the other polling booths faced no problems with the EVMs.
As far as the results for Delhi Assembly Election 2015 are concerned, a fair idea had already been provided to us by the means of various opinion polls before the Election day and through the Exit Polls after the Election concluded. A majority of these polls had already predicted AAP lead by Arvind Kejriwal to score a comfortable majority in the Capital. Now let us look at the actual and the final Results for Delhi Assembly Elections 2015.
Landsliding Results for the Delhi Assembly Elections 2015
The opinion polls and the exit polls did predict a comfortable majority for the Aam Aadmi Party. The highest prediction by one of the exit polls was that the AAP would get 53 seats. At an average, the opinion polls predicted AAP to win 43 seats of the 70 Delhi Assembly seats. But, when the actual results arrived on 10th of February, everybody was left flabbergasted. The early trends on the morning of 10th February did show a deciding victory for AAP and Arvind Kejriwal, but, towards to afternoon, it had become clearer that the AAP has not only won the Delhi Election, but, has also decimated the political aspiration of the 2 rival parties, BJP and Congress. Out of the 70 seats of Delhi Rajya Sabha, 36 are needed for any party to form Delhi Government without any coalition support. The Aam Aadmi Party has managed to win 67 of these seats. The BJP had to settle for a humiliating 3 seat performance whereas Congress was unable to open account in these Elections.
Such a victory for a relatively young party is being termed as a Tsunami by the media houses and the internet alike. This is indeed a political storm and for the ruling party, which is BJP, there is a strong need for introspection. For Congress too, there is a strong requirement for reforms in the party. And, for AAP, it is certainly the time to deliver on the promises made and also the time to promise a full 5 year Government complete with quality decision and law-making.
Vote Share for AAP, BJP and Congress
The CEO Delhi and Election Commission of India also released data for the party wise vote share for the Delhi Assembly Elections 2015. Quite, obviously, AAP’s landmark victory of 67 seats would be synonymous with a very high vote share for the party. AAP has managed to receive votes from 4879127 voters of Delhi which is more or less 54 percent of the total voters in the NCT. BJP received a lower vote share as compared to the 2013 Assembly Elections as 32.2% voters of Delhi voted for the party. Congress received a dismal 9.7% of votes.