Delhi State votes in crucial poll


A total of 11,936,582 eligible voters will be choosing from 810 candidates today in the 70 seat Delhi State Assembly elections.

The election in the federal capital will see 224 independent candidates standing along with 70 from each of the Indian National Congress (INC) and the newly formed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is putting up 68 candidates. Polling takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time across 11,992 polling booths and voters will have the option to vote NOTA (None-Of-The-Above).

The election is most significant because the last time Delhi State was won by the BJP was in 1993. They lost the state in 2004 and in 2008 and went on to lose the federal elections a few months later. With the federal election planned for some time before 31st May 2014 analysts will be watching this election closely to see how well the BJP performs.

However, there is a new party which is contending strongly; the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or Common Man’s Party was formed in November 2012 out of the India Against Corruption movement and their symbol for this election is a broom. The movement caught people’s imagination last year when it tried to get an anti-corruption bill strengthened and more recently to promote a Freedom of Information Bill.

The Indian National Congress party has governed for the last three consecutive terms and the results of the 2008 election are as follows:

Indian National Congress; 43 – 4
Bharatiya Janata Party; 23 + 3
Bahujan Samaj Party; 2 + 2
Lok Janshakti Party; 1 +1
Independent; 1

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