Assembly election results: BJP wins Raj, MP and C'garh, leads in Delhi; AAP scripts history; Cong routed
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The verdict of the Assembly elections in four states – Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh – has sparked a wave of fresh enthusiasm in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) camp, which has already been riding high after the declaration of Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate.
Not only did the party retain its governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, it also snatched away power from the Congress party in Delhi and Rajasthan. While it swept Rajasthan, winning 162 seats, the BJP managed to emerge as the the single largest party in Delhi with 32 seats, three short of the half-way mark.
However, despite the good performance by the national party, the show was stolen by the debutant – Aam Aadmi Party. The party, formed by Arvind Kejriwal less than a year ago, performed spectacularly well by winning in as many as 28 seats. AAP's performance was particularly amazing as the party did not follow the traditional political means during its campaign and fielded faces alien to the Indian polity.
Both the Congress and the BJP could not refrain from taking a strong note of the performance of the Aam Aadmi Party, which has now decided to go national. While leaders from across the rank and file of the BJP congratulated AAP for its good show, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi went on to say that both the national parties needed to take lessons from Arvind Kejriwal's party.
The result in Delhi came as a big shock for Sheila Dikshit-led Congress party, which has been in power for 15 years as it was decimated by the BJP and AAP. The Congress managed to secure win in merely eight seats and adding insult to injury Sheila Dikshit lost to Kejriwal by a massive 22,000 votes in the New Delhi constituency.