The polling for Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 took place on the 8th of February, and 1 day after the polling the Election Commission announced that it recorded 62.59% voter turnout, which is high but 5% lower than what it was in 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections.
Before the beginning of counting of votes, BJP’s Delhi Chief, Manoj Tiwari said “Our confidence is based on microanalysis of all the seats. The exit polls are rough estimates, I am confident that the BJP will form the government in Delhi with the full majority”.
Chief Electoral Officer Delhi, Der. Ranbir Singh said, “We are all geared up for the counting and elaborate security arrangements have been put in place. The exercise will be carried out as per the laid-down procedures of the Election Commission”.
The 21 counting centers are scattered over 11 districts including Dheerpur in Central Delhi, Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in North Delhi, CWG Sports Complex in East Delhi. Also, there will be 33 counting observers.
The Delhi Traffic Police issues an advisory saying that due to counting of votes Road number 224 Dwarka from sector 7/ 9 going towards sector 9/ 10 will be closed also the traffic will be shut on Muni Maya Ram Marg.
In the Delhi Assembly Elections of 2015, AAP won 54.3% votes, BJP got 32% and Congress secured mere 9.6% votes which got them 67 seats, 3 seats, and 0 seat respectively.
Updates of Vote Counting for Delhi Legislative Assembly Elections 2020 are as follows:
4:30 PM: Manoj Tiwari tweeted “I thank all the voters in Delhi. All the party workers and their hard work is appreciated and we thank them all. We respect the mandate of the people of Delhi. Many wishes to Arvind Kejriwal on his victory” in Hindi.
4:10 PM: Arvind Kejriwal Tweets “I thank the people of Delhi from the bottom of my heart for giving this much love to their son. Today, Delhiites have given birth to a new politics, ‘politics of work’. This is the victory of mother India. Jai Hind” in Hindi.
4:02 PM: BJP President, Jagat Prakash Nadde (JP Nadda) says that BJP accepts defeat in Delhi and respects the decision made by the people of Delhi. BJP will play the role of a constructive and responsible opposition, he added.
4:00 PM: Arvind Kejriwal thanks the people of Delhi for electing him and his party for the third time. He says ” This the victory of the people who consider me as their son and voted for us”.
3:55 PM: The new elected leadership in Delhi Legislative Assembly will be sworn-in on the 14th of February 2020.
3:52 PM: Sharmistha Mukherjee, senior Congress leader lashes out at her own party in a tweet. she writes “BJP playing divisive politics,Kejriwal playing ‘smart politics’& what r we doing? Can we honestly say that we’ve done all 2 put our house in order? We r busy capturing Congress whereas other parties are capturing India. If we r 2 survive, time 2 come out of exalted echo chambers!”.
3:43 PM: Kejriwal, at his party office in ITO announces that it is his wife, Sunita Kejriwal’s birthday.
3:41 PM: Kejriwal addresses the media and supporters and thanks the voters of Delhi to elect him (their son) for the third time. Adding to this he say, This is not just the victory of Delhi by victory of “Bharat Maa” and as we won on a Tuesday which is regarded as the day of Hanuman Ji. He said, I thank him for the victory.
3:40 PM: Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister, Maharashtra say that people have proved that India will not run by “Mann Ki Baat” but from “Jan Ki Baat”.
3:34 PM: AAP leading in 64 seats, BJP in 6. Congress still stands at 0.
3:20 PM: AAP Leading in 62 seats, BJP in 8. Congress still have not opened its account.
3:15 PM: Anil Bajpai contesting for BJP from Gandhi Nagar constituency has registered a win for its party with a margin of almost 6,000 votes.
3:10 PM: Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar has summed up Delhi Legislative Elections in 3 words. He said “Janata Maalik Hai” which translates to “Public is the king”.
3:06 PM: Declared seats, BJP has won 4 seats and AAP won has won 35 so far.
3:04 PM: AAP leading on 63 seats, BJP leading on 7, Congress however, has not opened its account just as Delhi Assembly Elections 2015. BJP, though, lost the elections, their standing have gotten better from last time.
2:57 PM: Kapil Mishra accepts defeat, congratulates AAP and Arvind Kejriwal for the victory. He also talked about finding the shortcomings withing the saffron party, he said “BJP has lost the fifth state election in a row. It means we have somewhere failed to connect with the people of Delhi”.
2:55 PM: Delhi’s CM, Arvind Kejriwal will address media at AAP’s party office at ITO at 3:30 PM.
2:54 PM: Sisodia comments on BJP’s politics in Delhi Assembly Elections 2020. He says “I am happy to have won the Patparganj seat again. The BJP indulged in politics of hate, but I thank the people of Patparganj. Today, Delhi’s people have chosen a government which works for them and explained the true meaning of nationalism through their mandate”.
2:44 PM: Delhi’s Deputy CM has registered victory from Patparganj constituency, defeats BJP’s Ravi Negi after a long seesaw ride.
2:41 PM: Margin of votes increases to 3,514 for Patparganj assembly seat, giving Manish Sisodia signs of victory for the third term.
2:36 PM: AAP’s Kuldeep Kumar from Kondli assembly seat has won. Raj Kumar contesting for BJP finishes second.
2: 27 PM: Mamata Banerjee say “BJP will get similar reply in 2021 West Bengal assembly polls”.
2:25 PM: Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, Manish Sisodia is now leading from the Patparganj constituency by a margin of 3,129 votes after 13th round of counting.
2:18 PM: Coming from Rohini Assembly seat, Vijender Gupta contesting from BJP now leads by a margin of over 9,000 votes.
2:03 PM: After the 10th round of counting of votes, BJP’s Ravi Negi now trailing in the Patparganj assembly seat by a margin of 779 votes against AAP’s Manish Sisodia.
2:00 PM: Alka Lamba contesting from Congress for Chandni Chowk seat accepts defeats, she tweeted ” I accept the result, but won’t give up. Hindu-Muslim votes were completely polarised. The Congress party will now have to prepare for a new fight with new faces and a long struggle for the people of Delhi. If you fight today, you will also win tomorrow”. Parlad Singh Sawhney from AAP is leading with a margin of 18,633 votes from this assembly seat.
1:54 PM: Parvesh Verma, MP from BJP say ” I accept the result. We will work hard and give a better performance in the next elections. If this election would have been on Education and Development, then Education Minister would not have been trailing”.
1:53 PM: Raghav Chadha who is contesting from Rajinder Nagar seat was seen celebrating with his party workers as he is now leading with a margin of over 18,000 votes.
1:48 PM: Congress senior leader P. Chidambaram tweets “AAP won, bluff and bluster lost. The people of Delhi, who are from all parts of India, have defeated the polarising, divisive and dangerous agenda of the BJP. I salute the people of Delhi who have set an example to other states that will hold their elections in 2021 and 2022”.
1:45 PM: AAP getting 57 seats, BP getting 13 seats. Congress still have not opened their account as of now.
1:27 PM: Coming from Patparganj Delhi Assembly Election seat, Ravi Negi from BJP is still leading over AAP’s Manish Sisodia by a margin of 1,288 votes.
1:23 PM: Sushil Gupta, MP, AAp says ” People of Delhi have spoken. They have rejected BJP’s politics of hate. People of Delhi have spoken. They have rejected BJP’s politics of hate”.
1:23 PM: Anil Baijal, Delhi’s Leiutenant Governor has dissolved the 5th Legislative Assembly of Delhi. A new leadership will be sworn-in once the vote counting is completed.
1:15 PM: AAP wins Okhla Assembly seat. Aam Aadmi Party’s Amanatullah Khan defeats BJP’s Braham Singh and Congress’ Parvez Hashmi.
1:14 PM: Gautam Gambhir, BJP MP from East Delhi has accepted defeat. He says ” We accept Delhi Election Results and congratulate Arvind Kejriwal and the people of Delhi. We tried our best but, probably, we could not convince the people of the state. I hope Delhi develops under the chief ministership of Arvind Kejriwal”.
1:04 PM: AAP is leading in Adarsh Nagar (by 3,377 votes), Babarpur (by 10,504 votes), Badarpur (by 6,083 votes), and Ambedkar Nagar (by 17,331 votes) assembly seats.
12:56 PM: From Okhla assembly seat, AAP’s MLA Amanatullah Khan has taken big lead. He leads by a margin of over 7,200 votes against BJP’s Braham Singh.
12:54 PM: Mamta Banerjee congratulates Arvind Kejriwal by saying ” I have congratulated Arvind Kejriwal. People have rejected BJP. Only development will work, CAA, NRC and NPR will be rejected”.
Prashant Kishor, Political Strategist AAP congratulates Arvind Kejriwal on returning in power in Delhi. he said “Thank you Delhi for standing up to protect the soul of India!” through a tweet.
12:47 PM: BJP is leading in Kalkaji Krishna Nagar, and Patparganj assembly seats. AAP is leading in Hari Nagar, New Delhi, and Rajinder Nagar constituencies.
12:45 PM: AAP’s Akhilesh Pati Tripathi is leading from Model Town Constituency by a margin of 13,691 votes against BJP’s Kapil Mishra who has only secured 12,141 votes as of now.
12:36 PM: After the 6th round of vote counting in Patparganj assembly seat, Manish Sisodia seen trailing beding BJP’s Ravi Negi by a margin of almost 2,200 votes.
12:30 PM: From Nangloi Jat seat, AAP’s Raghuvinder Shokeen leads after 6th round of vote counting ends. He leads by a margin of 7,250 votes against BJP’s Sumar Lata.
12:28 PM: Delhi Congress Chief, Subhash Chopra takes complete responsibility of Congress’ performance in the national capital. He said ” We will analyse the factors behind this. Reason for the drop in our vote percentage is politics of polarization by both BJP and AAP”.
12:25 PM: Kamal Nath, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh comments on Congress and BJP’s performance in the Delhi Assembly Elections 2020. He said, ” We were already aware of it (Congerss’ standing in Delhi). The question is – what happened to BJP which was making big claims?”
12:06 PM: AAP’s candidate from Seelampur assembly seat has won after securing over 75,600 votes. He defeated Kaushal Kumar Mishra from BJP by a margin of almost 41,000 votes.
11:58 AM: Coming from Karol Bagh, AAP’s Vishesh Ravi leading from Karol Bagh. BJP’s Yogender Chandoliya running second.
11:56 AM: Alka Lamba from Congress who is contesting from Chandni Chowk seat is training by over 12,000 votes as of now. AAP’s Pralad Singh Sawhney is leading the seat.
11:52 AM: After the 6th round of voting in Kalkaji seat, Atishi Marlena from AAP is leading by mere 6 votes against BJP’s Dharambir Singh.
11:48 AM: AAP’s Adhir Ranjan say ” Congress’s defeat will not send a good message. The victory of AAP against the Bharatiya Janata Party and its communal agenda is significant”.
Nitin Tyagi from Aam Aadmi party is leading from Laxmi Nagar by a margin of 4,733 votes over Abhay Verma who is contesting for BJP.
11:31 AM: AAP’s Gopal Rai is leading in Babarpur with a margin of over 9,000 votes.
11:27 AM: Coming from Hari Nagar Assembly seat, AAP is leading with a margin of 662 votes. AAP’s Raj Kumari Shillon is leading over BJP’s Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga.
11:25 AM: Arvind Kejriwal from New Delhi seat has secured a huge lead. Is leading by a margin of 6,399 votes.
11:21 AM: Manish Sisodia who is contesting from Patparganj constituency is trailing by 1,427 votes from BJP’s Ravi Negi.
11:18 AM: Atishi Marlena from AAP is now leads from Kalkaji assembly seat with a margin of 211 votes over Dharambir Singh of BJP.
11:15 AM: AAP’s Akhilesh Pati Tripathi say ” I thank everyone who has expressed their confidence in Arvind Kejriwal. People want a govt that takes care of its citizens. People of Delhi have voted for development; I thank them”.
11:12 AM: BJP’s Sanjay Goyal leading from Shasdara assembly seat now by a margin of 1,161 over AAP’s Ram Niwas Goel.
11:11 AM: AAP’s Rajesh Nama Bansiwala is leading in Rohini assembly seat by a margin of 1,739 votes. BJP leader Vijender has secured 8,082 votes so far.
11:08 AM: Manish Sisodia is now trailing by 500 votes from Patparganj assembly seat.
11:03 AM: AAP leading on 53 seats, BJP on 17 and Congress has secured 0 seats yet.
11:03 AM: BJP’s Brahan Singh leading in Okhla assembly seats by a margin of 194 votes over AAP’s Amanatullah Khan.
10:59 AM: BJP is leading in Shalimar Bagh (by 377 votes), Shakur Basti (by 51 votes), Mundka (by 1,442 votes), Shahdara (by 1,161 votes), Mustafabad (by 19,774 votes), Rohtas Nagar (by 1,238 votes), and Najafgarg (by 621 votes) constituencies.
10:50 AM: BJP is leading in Bawana (by 9,000 votes), Ghonda (by 3,262 votes), Krishna Nagar (by 2,867 votes), Karawal Nagar (by 3,758 votes), Janakpuri (by 918 votes), Jangpura (by 1,083 votes), and Model Town (by 98 votes) assembly seats.
10:43 AM: Manoj Tiwari say, ” Now, all talk is over. Now, we have to wait for the blessings of the people. I am confident it will be a good day for BJP. We are coming to power in Delhi today. Don’t be surprised if we win 55 seats”.
10:42 AM: As first counting ends, Jarnail Singh from AAP is leading from the Tilak Nagar seat.
10:40 AM: As of now AAP is leading on 39 seats, BJP is leading on 19 and Congress is still to open its account.
10:39 AM: AAP’s Pralad Singh Sawhney leading with over 6,000 votes from Chandni Chowk assembly seat. BJP Delhi Chief, Manoj Tiwari say ” We are hopeful. Whatever the outcome, being the state shief I am responsible”.
10:37 AM: Kapil Mishra from BJP who is contesting from Model Town has taken the lead and is leading by a narrow margin of 98 votes.
10:35 AM: AAP’s Saurabh Bhardwaj say “People of Delhi have accepted our governance model. At the counting centre, right now, I can see I am getting double the votes as compared to the BJP candidate”.
10:30 AM: Manish Sisodia took lead over Ravi Negi from Patparganj with a thin ice margin of 74 votes.
10:30 AM: AAP is leading in Tilak Nagar, Trilokpuri, Timarpur, Wazirpur, Tughlakabad, and Vikaspuri constituencies with a margin of 1,849, 6,271, 4,477, 2,565, 1,210, and 1,793 votes respectively.
10:26 AM: From Sangam Vihar and Seema Puri, AAP is leading with a margin of 5,000 and 5,271 votes respectively. From Tri Nagar and Shalimar Bagh, BJP has taken lead by a margin of 1,324 and 1,233 votes, respectively.
10:22 AM: From Rajouri Garden, Sadar Bazaar, Rohini, and Rothala, AAP’s candidates are leading by a margin of 1,646, 5,580, 1,172, and 2,166 votes respectively.
10:15 AM: In both Patel Nagar and Rajinder Nagar, AAP is leading. In Patel Nagar AAP leads by a margin of 2,491 votes whereas in Rajinder Nagar, AAP is leading by a margin of 4,131 votes.
10:12 AM: From New Delhi constituency, AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal is leading by over 4,300 votes over Sunil Kumar Yadav from BJP.
10:11 AM: BJP’s Jagdish Pradhan is leading by 7,000 votes over Haji Yunus from AAP from Mustafabad. AAP is leading from Nangloi and Narela Assembly seats by 2,479 and 1,224 votes respectively.
10:07 AM: Shoaib Iqbal from AAP is leading in Matia Mahal assembly seat by 6,199 votes over Mirza Javed Ali from Congress.
10:07 AM: AAP has 45 seats to its name and BJP has 23. Congress still to open its account.
10:03 AM: AAP leading in Karol Bagh and Kirari with 3,221 and 991 votes respectively. BJP leading in Krishna Nagar by 393 votes.
10:00 AM: AAP’s Saurabh Bharadwaj leading over Shikha Roy from BJP by almost 2,000 votes from Greater Kailash seat.
9:58 AM: AAP leading in Gandhi Nagar as Naveen Chaudhary leading with a gap of 3,052 votes from Congress’ Arvinder Singh. In Ghonda, BJP is leading as Ajay Mahawar has 1,877 over Shridutt Sharma of AAP.
9:56 AM: BJP’s Arvind Kumar trailing bedding AAP’s Prakash Jarwal by 3,591 votes in the Deoli assembly seat.
9:53 AM: BJP’s Lata is leading by 617 votes at Ballimaran. AAP’s Imran Hussain trailing.
9:51 AM: Congress’ leader Mukesh Sharma admits defeat from Vikaspuri seat and tweets “I will continue to fight for the all-round development of Delhi, Vikaspuri and Uttam Nagar constituencies in future”. Mahinder Yadav from AAP is leading as of now.
9:50 AM: Manish Sisodia takes the lead by 100 votes, seeking the third term from the Patparganj seat.
9:45 AM: Madal Lal from AAP is leading from Kasturba Nagar.
9:45 AM: BJP leading in Bawana, Jangpura, and Kalkaji Assembly seats with 4,076, 2,716, and 2,729 votes respectively. AAP leading in Burari by over 5,000 votes.
9:40 AM: Big blow, Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s Deputy CM is trailing from Patparhanj Assembly seat by a narrow margin of 38 votes.
9:35 AM: Vijender Gupta from BJP who is contesting from Rohini is trailing.
9:33 AM: AAP’s Atishi Marlena is behind from her Kalkaji seat, something that was not expected.
9:27 AM: Okhla seat turned around, BJP’s Brahm Singh now leading by a thin margin of 214 votes against AAP’s Amanatullah Khan.
9:22 AM: After the first round of voting, Raghuvinder Shokeen from AAP is leading from Nangloi Jat seat.
9:16 AM: Arvind Kejriwal is leading from the New Delhi Constituency leaving behind Sunil Kumar Yadav from BJP and Congress’ Romesh Sabharwal.
9:15 AM: Congress’ Haroon Yusuf is leading from Ballimaran seat. AAP’s candidates Gopal Rai Amanatullah Khan, and Manish Sisodia are leading from their respective seats.
8:58 AM: Counting has been paused in Model Town owing to a technical glitch.
8:44 AM: AAP is leading on 50 seats now and BJP is left far behind with just 14 seats. Congress, on the other hand, still has to open the tally.
8:36 AM: AAP’s MLA Gopal Rai is leading from Babarpur seat, leaving behind Congress’ Anveeksha Jain and BHP’s Naresh Gaur.
8:22 AM: According to news agencies AAP has taken a drastic lead in Delhi, as they lead on 38 seats as opposed to BJP leading on just 15 seats.
8:18 AM: Amanatullah Khan from AAP who is contesting from Okhla Assembly seat is leading against BJP’s Brahm Singh and Congress’ Parvez Hashmi
In the Delhi Assembly elections of 2015, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had won 67 seats out of 70 Assembly seats in the national capital. Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) had won just 3 seats and the Congress could not open their tally having ruled Delhi from 1998 to 2013. The term of 2015 assembly will expire on the 22nd February 2020 and following the Constitution of India, a new government must be formed before the term of last assembly elections expires.