Full coverage of poll: Delhi makes a record
Polling began this morning for the 70-member Delhi Assembly polls in which AAP and BJP appeared to be the main contenders.
>> Delhi makes a record, Register 67.21% polling, higher so far
>> Exit Poll of Delhi Assembly Election
India Today-Cicero exit poll on Headlines Today channel as projected that AAP will get between 35 and 43 and for BJP 23 and 29. Congress has been projected to get up to 5 seats.
The ABP-Nielsen poll said that AAP will get 39 while BJP 28 and Congress 3.
Zee TV-C Voter poll projected 31 to 39 seats for AAP and 27 to 35 seats for BJP. Congress gets 2 to 4 in the poll.
The highest number of 53 seats for AAP has been predicted by India News-Axis poll, which gave BJP 17 and Congress upto 2.
The India TV’s exit poll put AAP in the top with 31 to 39 seats. BJP 27 to 35 and Congress 2 to 4.
End of a hectic campaign and elections! Thanks Delhi for a good turnout! May the most capable ones win- I sincerely pray.
— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) February 7, 2015
>> 67% turnout as of 6 pm as per Election Commission sources.
>> Voting time extended for those in queue before 6 PM
>> Rs 1.26 cr-worth liquor, Rs 40L cash seized during Delhi polls
>> Women voters not only figured high on the parties’ poll manifestos but also at polling booths today as they turned out in sizeable numbers in most of the constituencies to exercise their franchise.
>> Sipping tea at a road side stall, with his ten-year-old grandson by his side, 90-year-old Khimanan Upreti had a joyous look on his face.
“I have never missed voting till now. Many wonder what change one vote will bring. But I know every single vote counts,” Upreti said outside a polling station in Gole market.
‘Inked’ selfies a hit on polling day >> 63.46% voting recorded till 5 pm >> AAP, an important opponent in Delhi polls: Priyanka
“I think its definitely an important opponent in this elections,” the daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi said after casting her vote at Lodhi Estate polling station.
When asked to comment on Rahul Gandhi’s remark after the last Assembly elections that the Congress could learn from AAP, she said, “I am sure they too have a lot to learn from the Congress. Everyone learns from everyone.”
>> Miffed at lack of development work, village boycotts polling
AAP has filed a complaint against BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi with the Election Commission over an alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct in her constituency, Krishna Nagar.
>> Trilokpuri, which was hit by riots recently, has registered the second highest voters turnout with 41 23 % votes till 1 pm
>> Hope AAP will give BJP ‘something to think about': Omar Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah today voiced hope that the Aam Aadmi Party will give BJP “something to think about” in Delhi which is voting to elect its Assembly.
>> Voter turnout till 1 p.m. is 35.82 % Delhi EC .
Moderate to brisk voting was today witnessed in Delhi as 35.82 per cent of the nearly 1.33 crore voters exercised their franchise in the first five hours of polling in one of the most fiercely fought polls that saw BJP and AAP making an aggressive bid to capture power while Congress focused on regaining lost ground.
“35.82 per cent polling was recorded till 1 PM. Polling has been peaceful so far,” a senior Election Commission official said.
>> AAP complains to EC against Kiran Bedi; allege she violated model code of conduct by asking for votes in Krishna Nagar.
Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today expressed hope that a stable government will be formed after the polls in the city which has been under President’s Rule for last one year…
>> Delhi polls: Bedi exudes confidence of BJP victory
>> BJP president Amit Shah to meet leaders, take stock of polling in Delhi elections so far.
>> BJP workers are demoralised, they have already given up and know they are losing, says AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.
>> Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with party leaders Kiran Walia, Arvinder Singh Lovely and Sheila Dikshit arrives to cast her vote for the Assembly elections, at Nirman Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.
>> BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi after casting her vote for the assembly elections in New Delhi on Saturday. >> A man wearing AAP sweatshirt and cap was asking voters to vote for AAP; when we confronted him, he started misbehaving: Nupur Sharma >>AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal after casting his vote for the Assembly elections, in New Delhi on Saturday. >> BJP candidate Nupur Sharma accuses AAP workers of molesting her at India Gate.
>> Voter turnout stands at 19.59% as of 11 a.m. Moderate voting was today witnessed in Delhi as 19 per cent of the nearly 1.33 crore electorate exercised their franchise in the first three hours…
>> My comment on support to AAP was twisted by media, says Congress leader and former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit.
>> Former AAP leader and now BJP member Shazia Ilmi says no one wants a hung Assembly, and BJP will win with big margin.
>> Delhi Polls: Leaders among early voters >> Delhi Polls: PM asks ‘young friends’ to vote in record numbers
As Delhi votes today, urging voters to go out & vote in large numbers. I particularly call upon my young friends to vote in record numbers. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 7, 2015
>> The voting began at 8 AM at over 12,000 polling stations, of which which 714 have been identified as “critical” and 191 “highly critical”.
>> A total of over 1.33 crore voters are eligible to exercisetheir franchise. A total of 673 candidates are in the fray inthe contest.
>> Over 64,000 police personnel had been deployed across the city to ensure free and fair polls.
>> The BJP, which is out of power in Delhi for the last 16 years, made a gamble by bringing in former Team Anna member Kiran Bedi into the party and made her its Chief Ministerial candidate which is said to have triggered discontent among the party leaders and rank and file.
>>The BJP strategy has been countered by Kejriwal-led AAP which has put up a spirited campaign in a bid to stop the Narendra Modi juggernaut that has been on a roll ever since the Lok Sabha election victory in May last year.
>> The Congress, which had ruled Delhi for 15 years till December, 2013 has been projected way behind AAP and BJP in pre-poll surveys. Some opinion polls have given AAP a clear majority while a few have predicted BJP’s win.
>> The Burari constituency in North Delhi has a maximum of 18c andidates while the Ambedkar Nagar seat in South Delhi has the lowest number of contenders at four.
>> The Matia Mahal constituency has the largest number of electorate at 3.47 lakh while Chandni Chowk the lowest at 1.13 lakh.
DELHI AT A GLANCE