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February 10, 2015


23:53  Don't ignore the message of voters in Delhi: Mufti tells BJP:  
Mukhtar Ahmad/Rediff.com reports:

The Peoples Democratic Party patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today congratulated Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party on the complete sweep in Delhi polls with an advice to 'the BJP not to ignore the message of voters in Delhi'. 

"The Delhi elections have asserted the diversity of our country and the need to respect it,' Mufti said in a statement.  

The PDP patron said the 'BJP which has emerged as the most prominent force in the country in the last general elections needs to introspect and absorb the message from Delhi electorate with sublimity'.
23:42  US confirms death of Isis American hostage Kayla Mueller:  The White House said on Tuesday that the American hostage Kayla Jean Mueller, who was being held by Jihadi militants in Syria, had been killed.

The family of Mueller, who is believed to be the last American being held by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, said they had received information over the weekend that confirmed the death of the 26-year-old aid worker. 

The US intelligence community verified the claim.
23:31  AAP to invite PM to Kejriwal's oath-taking ceremony:  The Aam Aadmi Party today said it will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Arvind Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony as Delhi chief minister on February 14 at the Ramlila Grounds. 

"We will invite the Prime Minister to the oath-taking ceremony of Arvind Kejriwal," AAP spokesperson Ashish Khaitan said.
22:01  After Delhi, AAP sets its eye on Punjab:  After conquering Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party has set its eyes on Punjab, a state from where it has four MPs.

"Our next target is Punjab. We have already defeated the Akalis in Delhi. Rajouri Garden is the only seat from where the SAD candidate was contesting on the party ticket. The entire Punjab government cabinet, including deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, was in Rajouri Garden to defeat me, but we won," Jarnail Singh, AAP MLA from Rajouri Garden and a state observer said.
21:59  'Newsweek' Twitter account hacked by Islamic State sympathisers:  The Twitter account of Newsweek magazine was hacked today. An image of an Islamic militant's kerchief-covered head and the words "Je suis IS," a dual reference to Islamic State and the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, was posted, Reuters reports.

The hacked Twitter feed also posted a threat to US President Barack Obama's family.

The same group took responsibility for a recent intrusion of the US Central Command Twitter account. 
21:48  Stop giving gyaan: Delhi's message to BJP:  As defeats go, this has to be the most comprehensive and the most humiliating for the BJP. Akshaya Mishra analyses how the BJP lost the way it did.

Read the report here
21:44  After Delhi defeat, Kiran Bedi returns security cover :   BJP's chief ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi who was provided Y-plus security ahead of the Delhi assembly polls, today returned her security cover after facing a shocking defeat at the hands of the AAP.

Bedi who had earlier in the day offered her apologies for not being able to live up to the expectations of the BJP, stepped out of her house in the evening for a short while to speak to one of the security personnel deputed for her security. She was been accorded Y-plus security after being announced as the BJP's CM candidate.

The 65 year-old former cop who chose to remain quiet after having kept her side of the story as soon as her defeat was formally announced from the once BJP stronghold Krishna Nagar constituency, asked the security personnel not to come from tomorrow.
21:41  PM meets top leaders to take stock of BJP's massive defeat in Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting top ministers Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh to discuss election results in Delhi. The stock-taking began after a Union cabinet meeting this evening, sources told NDTV.

The BJP witnessed its first crushing defeat in Delhi after PM Narendra Modi came to power last May. The AAP swept the capital winning 67 of the 70 seats reducing the BJP to only three seats.
21:36  With Bihar on his mind, Nitish flies to Delhi with 120 MLAs :   Senior Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday evening with lawmakers of his party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress, Communist Party of India and an Independent, intending to parade them before President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in a show of majority support to form a government.

"It is more than 24 hours and no decision has come from the Bihar governor in regard to our claim to form the government. The majority is in our favour and we will request the President of India about it. We will take our MLAs to him around 2.15 pm tomorrow (Wednesday)," Nitish told reporters at the Patna airport.

Kumar, who ruled the state as the chief minister from 2005 to mid-2014 and was again elected the leader of JD-U legislature party on Monday, said the delay on part of Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi vitiates the atmosphere and promotes horse-trading.
20:58  US aid worker held hostage by Islamic State killed:  Just in:  26-year-old American aid worker Kayla Mueller, held hostage by Islamic State, has been killed, President Obama confirms. 

We are heartbroken to share that weve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller, has lost her life, her parents and brother said on Tuesday.

Supporters of Islamic State had claimed on Friday that she was killed in a Jordanian air strike intended to avenge the burning to death of a captured Jordanian pilot.

Our hearts are breaking for our only daughter, but we will continue on in peace, dignity, and love for her, her parents said.
20:50  Bedi is upbeat that good things will happenL Shazia Ilmi :  BJP leader Shazia Ilmi today met party's chief ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi who faced a shocking defeat in the Delhi assembly polls in Krishna Nagar constituency.   

"It is indeed a big loss. I came to meet Bedi. She is very accepting of the fact that we've lost. She is upbeat that good things will happen," she told reporters after the meeting.   

She (Bedi) clearly says that the party supported her fully and got the backing of the top brass, she added.   

Ilmi, a former Aam Aadmi Party leader, said that AAP's political message was very clear and hence contributed to their victory.   

"The message that AAP wanted to give people, they indeed managed to take it home. Arvind Kejriwal has been campaigning for the past four months, their radio jingle playing for the past four months. They put up hoarding three months before. And their political message was very clear," she said.
20:42  Bihar crisis: President to take call tomorrow on meeting Nitish:  President Pranab Mukherjee will take a call tomorrow on meeting JD-U leader Nitish Kumar who is planning to parade 130 supporting MLAs before him.

Sources in the Rashtrapati Bhavan said the president will decide tomorrow on the plea of Kumar who wants to present supporting MLAs before him to press a point that he has a majority in the Bihar assembly.

Kumar has already left for Delhi with 130 supporting MLAs of his party, the RJD, Congress, one CPI and an Independent to parade them before president. He also questioned the delay by Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi in inviting him to form the government.

He claimed that many of the supporting MLAs have told him that the Manjhi camp was offering JD-U MLAs ministerial berths and also the BJP tickets for the assembly polls later this year to lure them to their side.
20:35  Ambani, Rajnath, Ramdev at Amit Shah's son's wedding :   Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and ministers were in Ahmedabad to attend the wedding of party president Amit Shah's son Jay, even as the Delhi poll results trickled in.

Those present at the wedding organised at the YMCA Club included ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, J P Nadda, Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Rajiv Pratap Rudy. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and BJP joint general secretary V Satish, besides Vishwa Hindu Parusha leaders Ashok Singhal as well as Acharya Dharmendra and Baba Ramdev were also present at the wedding, in addition to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pracharak Suresh Soni.

Corporate bigwigs like Mukesh Ambani along with his wife Nita Ambani, Gautam Adani and his wife Priti, Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament from Jharkhand Parimal Nathwani, former president of the Medical Council of India Ketan Desai were present at the wedding.
20:00  Delhi poll result 'victory of anti-BJPism': Vaidya :  
Aam Aadmi Party's stupendous win in Delhi is a victory of "anti-BJPism", RSS ideologue M G Vaidya said today. 

"All anti-BJP parties and groups and groups joined hands in support of AAP and this was the reason for the unexpected results," he said on being asked about the Delhi poll outcome. 

AAP swept the polls winning 67 of the 70 seats and BJP got a paltry three. 

He said this should not be viewed as AAP's win. 

"This should not be seen as AAP's victory but a win for anti-BJPism. And the face of this is AAP," he said. Vaidya said AAP's slate was blank now. 

"What they write on it in the next five years should be the basis for the analysis of this win," he said.
19:42  JD-U leader Nitish Kumar has left for Delhi with 130 supporting MLAs of his party, the RJD, the Congress, one CPI and an independent to parade them before President Pranab Mukherjee.

This move is intended to be a show of strength before the President and to direct the governor of Bihar to invite Nitish Kumar to form government in Bihar. 
19:31  PM's attacks on Kejri didn't go down well with voters: Bharti:  AAP leader Somnath Bharti today said the Prime Minister making "personal attacks" on someone (Arvind Kejriwal) during campaign rallies did not go down well with voters in Delhi.

"The Prime Minister belongs to all citizens and not to a single political party. The PM making personal attacks on someone (Kejriwal) did not go down well with people," said Bharti without naming either Modi or Kejriwal in this context.

He also said that Kejriwal's resigning as CM in 2014 showed that they were ready "to sacrifice chairs for causes."

"Also like an aam aadmi, he (Kejriwal) apologised and accepted his fault (for resigning as CM). But at the same time, our quitting the government made it clear that we were not ready for any compromise," said Bharti who won Malviya Nagar assembly constituency.
19:29  Arvind Kejriwal's victory certificate. The election commission hands out the certificates to all winners after the polls, both Lok Sabha and assembly polls.

Click on the picture for a larger, but not necessarily clearer image.   
19:25  Chai pe charcha? No takers at the BJP HQ after the party's three-seat win.
19:15  This is what AAP promises Delhi. Now, it's time to deliver:  50% reduction in power tariff
No FDI in retail
Lowest VAT in India
Pro-farmer land reform
Free Wi-Fi across Delhi
Installing 10-15 lakh CCTV cameras, home guards for safety of women
Making water a legal right, 20,000 litres free water to poor household per month
Two lakh toilets, 500 new government schools, 20 new degree colleges, and 30,000 more beds in government hospitals
To create eight lakh jobs, make Delhi a "start up hub".
Delhi Lokpal Bill, a Swaraj Bill to devolve power to mohalla level
Citizens Local Area Development (CLAD) fund
Second language status to Urdu and Punjabi, encourage research/study Sanskrit.
200 acres land for affordable housing
Regularisation of unauthorized colonies
Homes for slum dwellers
19:11  Kejriwal and the art of stopping Modi-Shah:  Kejriwal has shown that not only can Modi-Shah be stopped, they can, in fact, be routed. Today, as the Delhi votes are counted, it shows not only the AAP's victory or BJP's defeat. But also the Congress's final irrelevance," says Saisuresh Sivaswamy/Rediff.com
19:07  Kejriwal reaches Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's house to stake claim:  Arvind Kejriwal reaches Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's house to stake claim. 
19:03  Man of the moment, the soft-spoken, but very erudite Yogendra Yadav is in demand. He tweets his media itinerary in the evening:

Live now on Total TV
NewsX: 7-8 PM
NDTV24*7: 8-9 PM
NDTV India: 9-10 PM
Aaj Tak: 10-11 PM
18:59  Kejriwal has recored his radio message to Delhi to attend his swearing in ceremony at Ram Lila grounds. 
18:45  BJP cadre failed to support Kiran Bedi, says her husband:  With BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi suffering a shocking defeat in the Delhi polls, her husband Brij Bedi feels that one of the reasons for her loss was BJP cadre's failure to support her in the elections.Brij (71) also said the youth of Delhi played an important role in Aam Aadmi Party's spectacular victory in the high-stake poll battle in Delhi."If she (Bedi) was fully supported, then why she could not have won,' Brij questioned.

"She lost by over 2,000 votes while (BJP leader) Harsh Vardhan used to win (from Krishna Nagar) with a big margin. It means she did not get support..it means your (BJP) cadre did not work. They failed to deliver,' he alleged, adding that Bedi's opponent was also not a known personality.
18:38  AAP MLAs elect Arvind Kejriwal leader :   AAP's legislative party meet is underway. Arvind Kejriwal has been elected leader of the AAP legislature party. Lt governor Najeeb Jung will then invite him to form the government in Delhi.

18:27  AAP MLA Jarnail Singh: Will reopen anti-Sikh riot cases :  Heads up, Congress, AAP MLA Jarnail Singh says the party will reopen investigations into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases. He is the former journalist who threw a shoe at then home minister P Chidambaram in protest against his remarks on the clean chit to Congress leaders in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.


Pic of the Jarnail Singh's 2009 book on the anti-Sikh riots
 
18:20  Loved this one. Arvind Kejriwal 4 CM retweeted Joy @Joydas 

Kiran Bedi: My 6 P for you - people, parents, police, prosecution, press, politicians

Voters: Our 6 P for you: :p :p :p :p :p :p
18:19  Kejriwal reaches Constitution Club with winners :  Arvind Kejriwal reaches constitution club accompanied by all winning MLA's of the party.
18:13  Bedi: Who says I'm not taking responsibility for defeat!?:  Kiran Bedi's clarifies @thekiranbedi  "Who is saying I am not taking responsibility for the BJP defeat? I AM.. I also said BJP leadership will take stock of what went wrong..!"

The former IPS officer and the BJP's CM candidate, who lost from the Krishna Nagar seat, had said at a presser this morning that the BJP will introspect and analyse the defeat. I lose only when I do not give my 100 per cent to the cause. I gave it all. My party and we will reflect on the causes of defeat! Best wishes for Delhi, she said in another tweet.

She added, I havent lost, the BJP has lost so let them introspect. I think I havent lost, I did my best, I would lose if I hadnt done my best, BJP will assess. It's a national party, let them also introspect."


18:08  BJP defeated like Abhimanyu in Mahabharat: Giriraj Singh:  Union minister Giriraj Singh, who is seen as a Hindutva voice, today blamed "polarisation of pseudo-secular forces" for the BJP's rout in Delhi elections.

Singh suggested that Muslims were rallied against BJP and claimed the saffron party was defeated in a similar way as "Abhimanyu was killed in a chakravyuh" by enemies, quoting Hindu epic Mahabharat.

"We have not lost this election. Our vote share is more or less intact. Like Abhimanyu was killed through deceit by enemies, BJP has been defeated by polarisation of pseudo- secular forces. Members of a particular community were polarised before elections," he said.

When it was pointed out that over 54 per cent of votes were polled by AAP, Singh declined to comment. He, however, pointed out that BJP received almost the same share of votes it had during 2013 Assembly polls.

It had fetched 33.1 percent votes then and has 32.2 percent vote share in these elections. The party had garnered more than 46 per cent votes in Lok Sabha elections in May 2014 when it won all seven constituencies.

The Minister of State for Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, who comes from Bihar and is known for his controversial statements, had campaigned for the party in Delhi.

Singh had said at a seminar in 2014, "Isn't it true that all people caught in terrorist activities belong to one community? I am not trying to blame any one particular community. Why are all so-called secular parties silent on this?"
17:59  'Will support AAP without political bias' :   BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad on the AAP win and support from the union government: "The Govt works without any political bias and will support Delhi Govt in its endeavors. We will look into why we lost deeply, we lost and we accept it with humility. But BJP is resilient."

Waiting and watching.
17:56  AAP's victory in Delhi WON'T impact Punjab politics: Badal:  Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said AAP's victory in Delhi Assembly polls will not impact Punjab politics.

"Despite the fact that AAP managed to form a government in Delhi in 2013, everyone knew well what happened later.

"AAP's victory was confined only to national capital and subsequently these political developments would not have impending repercussions on Punjab politics," the CM said.

However, Badal said the Shiromani Akali Dal will introspect over the factors responsible for its defeat in Delhi at party's platform.

To a question on whether AAP will be contesting te 2017 Assembly elections in Punjab, the CM said, "In the Indian democratic system, all political parties have the right and are at liberty to contest these elections."
17:51  Statement from the Congress :  "The Indian National Congress congratulates Shri Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party for their historic victory in the elections to the Delhi Assembly. The Congress Party accepts the will of the people with humility and will sincerely introspect the reasons behind its loss. This loss has registered strongly with us and we will take all steps to establish our connect with the people. The Congress Party will rebuild its support amongst the people by working on and executing the core ideas that the party has stood for the last 130 years of its inception."
17:48  Ponder over this: 67 of 70 Congress candidates lost their deposits. 60 per cent wins more than 10,000 votes.
17:38  Piyush Goyal: We will analyse defeat, 'Modi wave' has not faded:  With Aam Aadmi Party bagging 67 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly, Union Minister Piyush Goyal today said the BJP will analyse the defeat but insisted that "Modi-wave" has not faded.

"I congratulate AAP on their victory. Now I believe that they will serve Delhi better. We will do an analysis on the verdict," Goyal said at Ahmedabad airport before heading to attend the marriage of BJP president Amit Shah's son.

"I will not hold anybody responsible for BJP's defeat. We have won many Assembly elections. But I do not feel that Modi wave has faded. No wave can be finished in 10-15 days," Goyal said.
17:35  Chetan Bhagat tweets: Shiv Sena praising AAP. Wonder if they realize AAP will come to Mumbai and do the same to them one day.
17:34  Kejriwal asks to meet PM, Prez :  Arvind Kejriwal has asked the PM, the Home Minister and the President for a meeting. So far, Rajnath Singh as scheduled an appointment with him at 3 pm tomorrow.
17:32   Right now, Arvind Kejriwal is at Gole Market to collect his victory certificate.

Final tally: Aam Aadmi Party wins 67 seats in 70-member Delhi Assembly; BJP gets 3.
17:30  Kejriwal meets Rajnath tomorrow :  Arvind Kejriwal to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh at 3:30 pm tomorrow at North Block.
17:14  AAP legislature meet begins shortly. 
17:14  And the other man who thanked and hugged his wife after a historic win in 2012. This picture of Barack Obama hugging his wife Michelle became the most re-tweeted post ever.
17:05  Why Amit Shah is celebrating today:  Why Amit Shah is celebrating despite the BJP's appalling performance in the Delhi polls. It's his son's wedding, stupid.

Most party colleagues will be busy keeping an eye on the results of the Delhi assembly elections, BJP's national president will be busy in Ahmedabad's YMCA Club with his son Jay's wedding.

While several senior BJP leaders are expected to attend the high-profile event, Shah, will also hold a separate wedding reception in the National Capital on February 15, where the men and women who matter in Indian politics and industry will attend.

Here's a picture from the weeding if you haven't made it to Ahmedabad.
16:48  BJP needs a swachh party abhiyaan to cleanse itself from hate mongers like Sakshi Maharaj, say poll pandits. Here's a picture from outside the party office today. 
16:44  How Kejriwal rode the anti-Modi wave :  ''That suit will haunt Modi till he exits politics. Of all the factors that favoured Kejriwal, the biggest was the arrogance and over-confidence of the Modi-Shah led BJP." Sheela Bhatt/Rediff.com on the historic Delhi election result. Read
16:42  AAP jaisa koi... Historic one-sided poll victories :  The Aam Aadmi Party recorded a stunning victory in the Delhi polls, leading in 67 out of 70 seats. This is the biggest victory margin for any political party in Delhi since the first assembly elections took place in 1993. It is not every year that such a one-sided win is seen in Indian politics. Rediff.com takes a look at record-setting wins.   Read
16:41  Kejri's POA today: 5 pm meet with winners, dinner with Kumar Vishwas:  So, here's what AAP will be doing for the rest of the day.

At 5 pm, chief convener, and the next Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has called a meeting of all the winners, all 67 of them. 

At night, Kumar Vishwas, is hosting a celebratory dinner at his home.

Very little sleep for Mr Kejriwal, but we doubt he will miss it.
16:29  Rahul or Cong revival? Choose now, Mrs Gandhi:  It now seems to boil down to a choice between Rahul Gandhi's elevation and Congress revival -- and no two guesses on what Congress President Sonia Gandhi will choose. Never mind that the Congress has got a duck in the Delhi assembly election after drawing a blank in as many as 19 states and Union territories in the Lok Sabha election steered by Rahul nine months ago.  Read
16:24  Koshish karne walon ki haar nahin hoti, Maken tells Cong workers :  Senior Congress leader Ajay Maken tweets this: " @INCIndia supporters: Leheron se darr kar nauka paar nahin hoti
Kuch kiye bina hi jai jaikar nahin hoti
Koshish karne walon ki haar nahin hoti

Maken, who was the face of the Congress in the polls. Just two days ago, senior party leader Kiran Walia, who is considered to be close to former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit said,  let me make one thing very clear.  Ajay Maken is not the CM candidate of Congress.

In fact, there is no tradition of projecting a CM candidate ahead of elections in Congress party. Even Shela Dikshit was not projected as CM candidate.

Both Maken and Walia lost their seats, and Maken his deposit as well.
16:10  Shazia Ilmi: I know what AAP was like, don't regret leaving them:  BJP's Shazia Ilmi on being asked I know what AAP was like to me, so no, I don't regret leaving them, says Shazia Ilmi, when asked if she regretted joining the BJP.  Ilmi, who had unsuccessfully contested the Delhi Assembly poll last year said she wasn't interested in contesting the February 7 polls in the national capital. She was also defeated in May last year when she ran as the AAP candidate for Parliament from Ghaziabad near Delhi.

She joined the BJP last month.
16:01  WhatsApp joke: The whole of the opposition in Delhi Assembly can now travel in a Nano.

For those of you who have just joined us, the BJP has won three seats as against 67 by AAP in a 70-member assembly. 
15:59   The Amul ad: On time, every time and bang on.

Click on the picture for a larger image.
15:58  Rahul can't be blamed for Delhi loss: Cong :  And so the protect Rahul movement begins: Congress leader Anil Shastri says: "Rahul Gandhi-ji cannot be blamed for this (loss in Delhi) at all."

Rahul wasn't blamed for the UP assembly loss or the Lok Sabha debacle either. The Congress vice-president is blameless.
15:53  The vote share so far according to Headlines Today:  AAP secured 54.3% vote in counting so far, followed by BJP's 32.2%, Cong 9.7% and BSP 1.3%
15:48  Are you invited? AAP senior leader Kumar Vishwas is hosting a celebratory dinner at his home today.
15:42  Ajay Maken, Haroon Yusuf, Mahabal Mishra, Kiran Walia and Sharmishtha Mukherjee lost their deposits.


15:39  Every time the Congress looks at TV screens today, that's the figure that will stare at them in the face. Not even the biggest naysayer could have predicted this kind of a rout for the party.  
15:31  Why is Kejriwal upbeat about Valentine's Day?:  So, why is Valentine's Day is more than simply mush for Arvind Kejriwal?

The AAP chief will take oath as Delhi's next chief minister on February 14, the same day, that he quit as CM in 2014.

And just like 2013, he will also take oath at the Ramlila grounds in Delhi. 

The three-year-old party won 67/70 seats as against 28/70 seats in 2013.


15:26  Derek O'Brien '@quizderek  tweets: To paraphrase a tasteless slogan BJP uses in #Bengal, let me say: The people of Delhi said today, 'Bhaag Modi Bhaag'.
15:25  Arvind Kejriwal to meet all winning candidates at 5 pm. 
15:24  Uddhav sprinkes salt on BJP's wounds: Tsunami bigger than wave:  Uddhav Thackeray delivers a mound of salt to BJP's wounds.

BJP ally Shiv Sena who split with the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections chose its words while congratulating the AAP for its spectacular performance. 

Top leaders across party lines were effusive in their praise for Kejriwal who has handed his party a near-perfect score in the Delhi election.

Thackeray, sprinkled salt on Prime Minister Modi's wounds with his choice of words,  saying, "The people of Delhi have shown the might of a tsunami against a wave," said Uddhav.

"The Modi wave" was used by the BJP to illustrate the Prime Minister's popularity in the lead-up to the Lok Sabha polls and indeed, the PM led the BJP to the strongest election result in India in nearly 30 years.


Pic: Arvind Kejriwal hugs colleague and senior party leader Ashutosh as Kumar Vishwas addresses supporters this afternoon.
15:08  Hope Kejriwal won't disappoint like Modi: Cong :  Anand Sharma, Congress, on the Delhi polls: They have been able to connect with the people. Delhi voters have given a strong mandate. It's historic for AAP,  congrats to AAP. The expectations will be very high, when we look at people's aspirations it becomes a challenge for a party. We hope Kejriwal-ji won't disappoint people of Delhi like Modi-ji disappointed the people of India.

Pic: AAP workers cleanup after the victory celebrations outside the party's headquarters at Patel Nagar.
15:00  I bow to the effort of every AAP volunteer: Gul Panag :  AAP leader Gul Panag tweets: What makes this victory sweeter is that it was won against all odds. I bow to the effort and energy of every AAP volunteer.
14:59  Congratulated Arvind-ji over the phone, told him not to think of quitting now: Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena.
14:57  Who got how much :  Arvind Kejriwal (votes:57213; margin of victory 31583)

Malviya Nagar: Somnath Bharti (51196 votes; margin: 15897)

Greater Kailash: Saurabh Bhardwaj (57598 votes; margin: 14583)

Jangpura: Praveen Kumar (43927 votes; margin: 20450)

Kasturba Nagar: Madanlal (50766 votes; margin: 15896)
14:47   So, much for poll predictions.

Click on the picture for a larger image.
14:47  Maken blames former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit for horrific decimation :   Annihilated in Delhi polls, a shocked Congress today promised to "reinvent" itself and revisit its "idealogical construct".

Party chief Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi congratulated Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi party for their landslide victory saying they "respect" the verdict.

The party's face for the polls Ajay Maken resigned owning moral responsibility for the defeat while a senior party leader suggested that internal dissension was also one of the reasons for the total decimation of the party in Delhi. Insulating Rahul Gandhi from the blame for the defeat, Maken, who was the Campaign Committee Chief of the party, said that the election was fought on local issues.

At the same time, he also appeared placing a portion of the blame at former chief minister Sheila Dikshit's door saying that people questioned Congress as to why it did not fulfil the promises made now when it was in power in Delhi for last 15 years. Dikshit and Maken are not on very best of terms.

Asked what is the way out for Congress as people have rejected the party with a new face this time as well after voting out three-term Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in last assembly polls, he said that the result is a "continuation of 2013 mandate" and it's more an "affirmation for AAP" than "rejection of any other party".

"Whenever we went to people with our manifesto promises like cheap electricity and right to shelter, people questioned why did you not do in last 15 years. We have to rebuild that credibility among people.... We will re-invent the party," he said.
14:44  BJP's Kirti Azad: HEADS MUST ROLL :  Malviya Nagar Somnath Bharti wins by 15897 votes.

BJP MP Kirti Azad on the party's decimation in the polls says heads must roll and campaign managers must be held accountable.  The three-time MP had recently praised the Mamata Banerjee, reeling from the Saradha scam, saying he did not think she was dishonest.

Meanwhile, P C Chacko, the Congress leader in-charge of the Delhi polls has stepped down.
14:20  Was Kiran Bedi a big mistake? :  Senior journalist Tavleen Singh tells NDTV: Kiran Bedi is a victim. She's not a politician. Every speech she made, she looked sillier. The BJP is paying for not having an agenda. They are paying for not introducing change. They are paying for their arrogance.


Congress senior leader Digvijaya Singh
tweets: BJP lost the day they projected Kiran Bedi as CM candidate and brought all leaders from outside to campaign not trusting local leaders/workers.
14:15   Delhi Hurricane: 3 Reasons Why BJP Lost & AAP Won. Read
14:13  BJP's Dr. Harsh Vardhan tweets: Kiranji deserves gratitude for putting up a brave fight in Krishna Nagar. Despite defeat she conquered souls. We shall continue to serve there.
14:09  Dear Mr Sarkar....:  Why TMC's Derek O'Brien has stopped writing for the Telegraph and the ABP group. Read
14:07  Ex-faujis and one ex-defence reporter win their seats. Col. Devinder Sherawat -- ex-NSG Commando Surinder Singh and journalist/shoe-thrower Jarnail Singh win from AAP.


Pic: Rajmohan Gandhi comes to congratulate Arvind Kejriwal at the party office
14:03  5 reasons why the BJP got it wrong In Delhi:  'The boy has remained so simple. Still wearing that sweater and light pants. He doesn't even have a decent pair of shoes! So much like one of us! How can we not give him another chance?'

'And what is Modi Sir doing? He changes clothes three times a day and wears designer clothes. He isn't the son of a simple chaiwallah we voted for.'

Sudhir Bisht hears reasons for the BJP debacle on the Delhi Metro.

Read
13:56  Sonia Faleiro tweets:
Bedi: I apologize to the last worker.
Last worker: please stop talking.
13:54  Manish Tiwari on why AAP won :  Congress leader Manish Tiwari on why his party lost (and what a loss it is,  Mr Tiwari!), saying, "People wanted to teach BJP and its arrogance a lesson, they decided AAP is instrument of their choice rather Congress."

No lessons learnt.

Congress, if you've just joined us, has not won a single seat. Not one.  
13:52  AAP's Manish Sisodia wins :  AAP leader Manish Sisodia wins from Patparganj constituency defeating BJP's Vinod Kumar Binny by over 24,000 votes.
13:51  Kejriwal invites Anna for swearing-in ceremony on Saturday :  Arvind Kejriwal calls his mentor Anna Hazare and invites him to the swearing-in ceremony which will be held at the Ramlila Maidan on Saturday, Feb 14.

Last week, when asked about the Delhi elections, Anna, had tarred Modi, Kejriwal and Bedi with the same brush saying, "Corruption these days has taken a backseat as an agenda in the political scenario and chair has become more important for all instead of their responsibility towards the society."

And on Kejriwal, specifically, he had said, "He has turned greedy for power since his focus has shifted to politics."

Remains to be seen if Mr Hazare will make the journey from Ralegaon Siddhi to New Delhi in more ways than one.
13:40  If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be here, Kejriwal tells his wife :  Sweet. Arvind Kejriwal hugs his wife as the results come in pointing to an unprecedented win for AAP. Addressing party workers moments later, Kejriwal said the victory would not have been possible without her constant support and understanding. "She never comes in the picture but she is always there. It would not have been possible for me to achieve anything if she was not there," he said.
13:37  Via @DanHusain and it says everything. 
13:32  BJP's Jagdish Pradhan wins from Mustafabad
And from Rohini it's Vijender Gupta.

The BJP has won 3 seats, the AAP 67.
13:29  I will remain a member of the BJP: Bedi:  So, if you're thinking Bedi will switch sides and join her old comrade, Arvind Kejriwal's party, here's what she says: I remain a member of the  BJP, I'm happy to be a member of a strong national party. 
13:19  Kiran Bedi: I HAVE NOT LOST, BJP HAS LOST :  And did we hear that right? After saying she was a defeated candidate, Kiran Bedi at the presser says, "I haven't lost, the BJP has lost so let them introspect. I think I haven't lost, I did my best, I would lose if I hadn't done my best, BJP will assess. It's a national party, let them also introspect."

For someone who severely criticised Arvind Kejriwal, Bedi now says, "Im confident that now Arvinds team and leadership will provide all facilities they have promised to urban poor of Delhi."
13:14  Narendra Modi wasn't the CM candidate, I've taken responsibility: Bedi :  Kiran Bedi: I have not been able to fulfill your expectations. You reposed faith in me. I'm sorry I couldn't win. Narendra Modi ji wasn't the CM candidate, I've taken responsibility.
13:11  The man who defeated BJP's CM candidate Kiran Bedi
13:08  Arvind Kejriwal will take oath on February 14 at the Ramlila Grounds. 
13:07  Kiran Bedi: I am a defeated candidate today :  In defeat, Kiran Bedi addresses her constituency, with folded hands and says she has never felt the way she has right now. "I am a defeated candidate today. Thank you for all your support. Party didn't ask for any money from me, accepted me way I am and I'm thankful for all the respect and love I've received from the party and leadership.

"I want to begin by thanking BJP leadership which inspired me to join and take up the CM candidature. I'm sorry I couldn't rise to your expectations. I apologise to the last worker.

"Congratulations to Arvind Kejriwal for an excellent job. This is the result of five years of work. Full marks to him."
12:59  Kiran Bedi loses to AAP's S K Bagga by 2508 votes:  Kiran Bedi loses to AAP's S K Bagga by 2508 votes.

As soon as the first trends started coming in, Bedi said, Agar haar hui to meri, jeet hui to leadership ki (If we lose, it will be my responsibility; if we win then the leadership will take credit), the BJP's chief ministerial candidate, who is contesting from Krishna Nagar constituency, had said.
12:56  Kejriwal thanks wife for 'always being there':   Surrounded by joyous supporters, AAP chief Arvind Kejirwal today made sure he thanked his wife Sunita with a warm hug "for always being there". Kejriwal had met Sunita at the National Academy of Administration at Mussoorie during their training period after both of them qualified for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS).

As the former Delhi Chief Minister spoke to party workers for the first after the staggering victory of his party, an ecstatic Sunita, who is an IRS officer, quietly stood by his side.

Addressing the party workers, Kejriwal said the victory would not have been possible without her constant support and understanding. "She never comes in the picture but she is always there. It would not have been possible for me to achieve anything if she was not there," he said.

Kejriwal often fondly remembers the day he proposed to Sunita, saying, "One day I knocked at her door in the academy and proposed to her. She said yes."

The couple have two children, daughter Harshita, who studies at IIT Delhi, and son Pulkit. Kejriwal also has a younger sister and brother.
12:52  Kiran Bedi loses from Krishna Nagar :  Just in: Kiran Bedi loses from Krishna Nagar constituency.
12:33  Maken loses by 51,000 votes :  Just in: BJP's Vijender Kumar wins from Rohini with 59866 votes    

Maken loses Sadar Bazar seat by a margin of 51,176 votes.


Pic: Arvind Kejriwal with his father at the party office.
12:29  AAP workers celebrate outside Kiran Bedi's residence. 
12:29  TMC tweets on 'Thrilling Tuesday':  A thrilling Tuesday for AAP & everyone of us who supported them, tight slap on BJP's divisive politics: Derek O'Brien, TMC.

TMC chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had 'voted' for AAP on Feb 5, tweeting, "Delhi elections on 7. My request to all of you in Delhi to please vote for AAP. For the greater need of the country and development in Delhi."
12:22  BJP's Piyush Goyal: I extend my wishes to AAP on their win, hope they will fulfill their promises. 
12:20  How Kejriwal won the hearts of Delhi, AGAIN:  Over the past few months, Delhi got to see Arvind Kejriwal 2.0. Gone was the activist-turned-politician who took any criticism as a personal affront, replaced by a consummate politician.  Read
12:17  Three wins so far, all from AAP :  AAP's Akhilesh Pati Tripathi wins from Model Town with 54628 votes. AAP's Alka Lamba declared winner from Chandni Chowk. Margin of victory is more than 18000.

And earlier, AAP's Narayan Dutt Sharma wins from Badarpur. Sharma wins by 47,583 margin.


Hemant Morparia's fantastic take on the BJP and the reason for its defeat -- Hubris.
12:12  Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay says, "I take moral responsibility of defeat, we'll definitely introspect over shortcomings."


Not a peep out of BJP president Amit Shah who made the decision to field Kiran Bedi as the CM candidate.
12:11  Aaditya Thackeray @AUThackeray I congratulate #Delhi! They observed and chose, and chose decisively, after being left government-less n chaotic for a year.


Pic: Kejriwal with his son at the party office.
12:09  My best wishes to Kejriwal: Anna :   Anti-corruption crusader and Gandhian activist Anna Hazare today congratulated AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for the party's spectacular performance in Delhi Assembly polls.

He said that the election result was in favour of AAP because the "achhe din only came for industrialists" after the Narendra Modi-led government came to power at the Centre eight months back.

"I extend my best wishes to Kejriwal," Anna told reporters at Ralegan Siddhi.

He also urged the AAP convenor, a former Team-Anna member, not to forget his struggle for the Jan Lokpal Bill and take it forward.

"The public earlier thought that 'ache din ane wale hain' but the good days came only for industrialists and that's why AAP's acceptability increased among the people. "Public's parliament is bigger than any government. They have given their mandate," he said.
12:06   Arvind Kejriwal with his son, father and his wife (extreme right) at the party HQ.
12:02   First results: AAP's Narayan Dutt Sharma wins from Badarpur. Sharma wins by 47,583 margin.
12:00  Rahul: People of Delhi have chosen AAP & we respect that:  Rahul Gandhi: My congratulations to Mr Arvind Kejriwal & AAP on their victory, ppl of Delhi have chosen AAP & we respect that.

If you've just joined us, the Congress has not won a single seat, while the BJP has been decimated with leads in just five seats.  The INLD has one seat and the mammoth 64-seat lead is all AAP's.
11:56  Kejriwal introduces his father at victory speech :  Kejriwal introduces his father at the victory meet saying without the support of his family he would not have reached here. Tear-eyed moment from many supporters.

If the BJP is wondering what hit it, Kerjiwal's got the answer, when he says the BJP and the Congress lost because of their arrogance.
11:53  Don't be arrogant; Kejriwal tells party workers and says people of Delhi will also punish the party after 5 years if it becomes arrogant.
11:52  Thank you, Delhi! cries Kejriwal; takes oath on Feb 14:  At the AAP HQ, Arvind Kejriwal addresses his supporters as rose petals rain on him. Thanking his supporters, he says, "I thank the people of Delhi. We took the virtuous parth. The support we got is scary and it's a big responsibility on us. "

Ending his short thanksgiving speech, with a Bharat mata ki jai, the sea of supporters below the balcony cries, 'Paanch Saal Kejriwal' over and over again. 
11:43  Arvind Kejriwal to take oath as Delh CM on Feb 14:  Arvind Kejriwal to take oath as Delhi Chief Minister on February 14th.
11:39  Maken acceptsf full responsibility :   Congress general secretary Ajay Maken, who was the party's face in the Delhi polls, today resigned from the post, taking moral responsibility for the humiliating defeat at the hustings.

He congratulated AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for his party's landslide victory and hoped he will fulfill all the dreams and promises made during campaigning for the Assembly polls.

"I take moral responsibility for the party's defeat in Delhi assembly polls," he told reporters as the poll results showed that Congress was unable to even open its account.

"I was the face of the Congress in Delhi elections. Since the party has not fared well, I take moral responsibility and am quitting as Congress general secretary," said Maken, who was the chairman of the Congress Campaign Committee in Delhi. The former minister in the Union and Delhi governments was contesting from Sadar Bazar constituency.


Pic: This cartoon by Nilesh Kher is self explanatory.
11:36  In Nagpur, AAP workers celebrate, distribute sweets.
AAP: 65, BJP: 4, CONG: 0, Others: 1
11:31  Leader of Opposition to BJP? :  AAP's Kumar Vishwas tweets: Even if BJP gets less than 7 seats we will give LOP to BJP. 
11:28  Yogendra Yadav, AAP's most erudite and loved senior leader  at the party office. 
11:26  Omar Abdullah @abdullah_omar  tweets: Finally dear @BJP4India & @jkpdp can we PLEASE get a Govt in J&K now? You said wait for Delhi & we waited. Now we don't want to wait longer.
11:25  Omar Abdullah tweets his approval: Wow, well done Delhi!:   Omar Abdullah @abdullah_omar  tweets: Wow, well done Delhi & well done @AamAadmiParty. Good luck to @ArvindKejriwal for the next 5 years. If there is lesson for the Congress in this it is that Modi & BJP aren't unbeatable if you take the fight to them, don't wait for mistakes.
11:21  Video: Kejriwal reveals his funny side by starring in YouTube comedy show. Watch
11:20  Kiran Bedi now leads by 900 votes margin.
11:19  BJP: Huge setback, entire Congress vote shifted to AAP :  "A huge setback for BJP, we did not think of such huge defeat. The entire Congress vote shifted to AAP, this is the prime statistical reason, we'll analyze," Shudhanshu Trivedi, BJP.

PM Modi tweets: Sure Delhi will develop under Kejriwal.
11:15  Abhinandan Sekhri ‏tweets: And @AapYogendra arrives. Volunteers hugging him not letting him move.

Shashi Tharoor ‏tweets: Today is @AamAadmiParty 's day in Delhi. Congratulations @ArvindKejriwal . All the best in making India's capital a gr8place for all Indians
11:13  Cong's Shashi Tharoor tweets: INCIndia rejects @ajaymaken 's resignation. Rahul Gandhi must lead a youth revolution in Congress & Maken must be a vital part of it.
11:11  Arvind Kejriwal set to be CM with AAP-solute majority :  The AAP was leading in a staggering 66 seats in the 70-member assembly with its its nearest rival BJP far behind at a paltry 3 seats.

Congress, which ruled the national capital for 15 years till December 2013, may not even open its account while the INLD was ahead in one seat. In an election that was billed as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi but rejected by BJP as such, the AAP wave spearheaded by its chief Arvind Kejriwal knocked the two major parties and their veterans from their citadels.

In all the assembly elections that followed the spectacular victory in the May Lok Sabha polls, the BJP formed governments in Maharastra, Haryana, Jharkhand and emerged the second largest party in Jammu and Kashmir with highest vote share.

AAP chief Kejriwal was leading in the prestigious New Delhi constituency while BJP's Chief Ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi was leading by 800 votes in Krishna Nagar seat, considered a traditional stronghold of the party. Congress' Chief Ministerial candidate Ajay Maken was trailing in Sadar Bazar seat.

AAP: 65, BJP: 04, CONG: 0, INLD: 1

Map key: Yellow is AAP, Purple is INLD, Saffron is BJP
11:06  Kejri may meet PM in 2-3 days :  AAP's Bhagwant Mann says: PM congratulated Arvindji over phone, he accepted his wishes and is likely to see PM in next 2-3 days. 
11:05  Venkaiah Naidu: Delhi polls not referendum on central govt :  BJP senior leader Venkaiah Naidu on the AAP win: This is a Delhi election, not a referendum on the Central Government. Centre will extend full support to New Delhi govt. We hope they will be able to live up to expectations of people.
11:02  Ajay Maken resigns as Congress General Secretary, taking responsibility for the party's debacle in Delhi polls.
10:58  Maken likely to resign as Cong general secretary :  Ajay Maken who is trailing from the Sadar Bazar seat is likely to quit as Congress general secretary.

"I would like to congratulate Arvind Kejriwal and AAP-Ajay Maken. For the strengthening of democracy I hope he (Kejriwal) will fulfill the promises he has made to the people," Maken says.


Pic: Sweet victory for AAP. That's from their FB page.
10:53  Congress is a big zero :   Outside the Congress party HQ. The Congress has not been able to manage a single seat. It's a huge and loud zero for the party. 
10:50  PM to Kejriwal: Let's meet for tea:  So, will Arvind Kejriwal and PM Modi have charcha over chai?  Looks like it.

Arvind Kejriwal tweets PM: I wish to meet you as soon as possible.
PM Modi to Arvind Kejriwal: Yes, we will meet for tea.

AAP presently leading in 65 seats, BJP in 4 seats and INLD in 1 seat out of the 70 Delhi Assembly constituencies. 
10:45  Kiran Bedi: Full marks to Arvind. Congratulations!:  Kiran Bedi congratulates Kejriwal: Full marks to Arvind. Congratulations. Now take Delhi to the heights it belongs to. Make it a world class city.
10:39  Chetan Bhagat apologises to AAP :  Clearly, everybody loves a winner.

Chetan Bhagat @chetan_bhagat  tweets: In past, I didn't like some of AAP's actions,I made some unsavory comments in jest. Sorry.Clean slate now. Will be happiest if they perform.

Click on the picture for a larger image. That's the BJP HQ at 10: 15 am today.

10:35  AAP scripts history with a 62-seat lead in Delhi :  So, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party is on course to script history as the party is headed towards a landslide victory with a clear lead in a staggering 62 seats in the 70-member assembly while its nearest rival BJP was ahead in only 07 seats. The Congress has so far notched a big zero. The INLD was ahead in one seat.

AAP chief Kejriwal was leading in the prestigious New Delhi constituency while BJP's Chief Ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi was trailing in Krishna Nagar seat, considered a traditional stronghold of the party. Congress' Ajay Maken was trailing in Sadar Bazar seat.

Expressing happiness over the party's performance, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said, "it was not just under class, but the middle class also voted for AAP. The (Narendra Modi) juggernaut seems to have halted at least for now." Reacting to the election trends, BJP said the polls were a referendum on Kejriwal and it should not be linked to the performance of Narendra Modi government.
10:31  Rumours of Ajay Maken resigning floating at Akbar Road, the Congress HQ.
10:31  Spoke to Arvind Kejriwal & congratulated him on the win. Assured him Centre's complete support in the development of Delhi: PM tweets
10:30  Gracious in defeat, Cong's Milind Deora tweets: Congrats & best wishes to AAP. Takeaway: if you introspect fearlessly & communicate consistently, a "wave" becomes a mere media narrative.


10:21  Congratulations on victory, we will work together: PM tells Kejriwal :  This what PM Narendra Modi told AAP chief and Delhi's next CM Arvind Kejriwal: Congratulations on the victory, we will work together
10:19  Anna Hazare, the man, who in effect created Arvind Kejriwal, says Delhi's CM in waiting should not forget the anti-corruption movement.

Pic: A mooh-mitha moment for Kejriwal.
10:17   PM Modi calls Arvind Kejriwal to congratulate him on his win. Must have been a difficult call to make.


Pic: AAP's Kumar Vishwas holds forth at the party HQ. It's a historical comeback for the party which everyone had written off after Kejriwal quit as CM in just 49 days.
10:14  We did not expect this at all: Manoj Tiwari (BJP).

Journalist Rahul Pandita tells us why in this tweet: This is a vote against self pinstripe. This is a vote against juvenile ads. This is a vote against arrogance. 
10:12  Kejriwal refuses to criticise Bedi:  Arvind Kejriwal is still gracious in victory and refuses to criticise his opponent Kiran Bedi (who is losing her Krishna Nagar seat)  who had no qualms about doing so throughout the campaign trail. She has called him "extremely negative and opportunistic". 
10:08  On Twitter: The joke in the BJP HQ is that at least Modi's Congress Mukt Bharat dream has come true.
10:06  Kejriwal: I will be everybody's chief minister:  Arvind Kejriwal tells NDTV: This is a people's victory. I am the people's CM. Ending bribery is my priority. I will end VIP culture. I was not nervous.
10:03  It's Paanch Saal Kejriwal for Delhi :   It's double celebrations for AAP's Kumar Vishwas, who was the party's Lok Sabha  candidate from Amethi. As heads to form government in Delhi, Vishwas brings in his birthday but the icing on the cake is telling: Not happy birthday, but 5 Saal Kejriwal.

Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia flank Kumar Vishwas.
10:03  Cries of Paanch Saal Kejriwal as AAP set to form govt in Delhi :   Winning is only half the game, sustaining victory and delivering the promises is really the end game: Shazia Ilmi.


Cries of Paanch Saal Kejriwal as AAP set to form govt in Delhi. Magical atmosphere

AAP: 69,  BJP: 9, Cong: 0,  Others: 1
09:59  AAP's Somnath Bharti leading from Malviya Nagar, BJP's Dr Nandanin Sharma trailing.
09:53  'Well done to you. All my best wishes. We are very happy', says Mamata Banerjee in her congratulatory tweet. 
09:51  AAP set to form govt in Delhi with 2/3 majority :  And as expected a losing Congress party calls out to Priyanka Gandhi with "Priyanka lao desh bacha' slogans in front of the empty party HQ.

Click on the picture for a larger image
09:48  AAP set to form govt in Delhi with 2/3 majority :  Kejriwal leads by 3493 votes over BJP's Nupur Sharma, Cong Kiran Walia far 3rd at 307 votes.

In Greater Kailash President's daughter and Cong's candidate Sharmishtha Mukherjee trails at third place with 911 votes.

Leads so far: AAP: 57, BJP 11 CONG 1 OTHERS 1
09:43  AAP set to form govt in Delhi :  AAP's Sharad Chauhan was leading in Narela. AAP was also leading in Mehrauli, Kasturba Nagar and Jangpur.

With early leads giving the party a considerable lead, hundreds of AAP supporters broke into celebrations and raised slogans '5 saal Kejriwal'.

Every lead projected on the massive LCD screen set up at AAP's East Patel Nagar office was being cheered by supporters.

Party chief Arvind Kejriwal reached the office early in the morning and is expected to address supporters after the final results are declared.

Senior party leaders Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas, Yogendra Yadav and Sanjay Singh are also present at the three-storey office and monitoring the results from there.
09:40   AAP leader and former Minister Manish Sisodia was leading in Patparganj seat in East Delhi against ex-AAP MLA and BJP candidate Vinod Kumar Binny. BJP's Jagdish Mukhi was ahead in Janakpuri.

Former AAP minister Sourav Bhardwaj was leading from Greater Kailash where Congress' had fielded President Pranab Mukherjee's daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee.


Pic: Celebrations outside the AAP HQ and the writing on the wall...
09:40  From her balcony, Kiran Bedi says defeat is hers:  Even as the Aam Aadmi Party was tearing away to a spectacular victory in Delhi, Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi said the defeat was hers and that the results were not a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Agar haar hui to meri, jeet hui to leadership ki (If we lose, it will be my responsibility; if we win then the leadership will take credit,' the BJP's chief ministerial candidate, who is contesting from Krishna Nagar constituency, said.

Almost all the exit polls conducted on February 7 and the early counting on Tuesday had given Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party a decisive edge in the assembly election. Most top BJP leaders have already denied the Delhi verdict as a referendum on Modi's ten month-rule.
09:36  Chetan Bhagat tweets: Modi for PM. Arvind for CM. Finally twitter gets what it always wanted in the first place anyway.
09:35  Madhu Kishwar tweets: More important than Delhi humiliating defeat is widespread sentiment amg BJP leaders& cadres dt BJPhigh command deserves this electoral snub.
09:32  Ramachandra Guha: When @AapYogendra said AAP would get 50 seats people thought it was the partisan in him speaking. In fact, it may have been the psephologist
09:31  AAP heads for landslide win! :  Congress says it's clearly a victory for AAP.

AAP's SK Bagga leading from Krishna Nagar, Kiran Bedi trailing, margin above 1000 votes

Subramanian Swamy ‏tweets: Time for introspection, reality check and course correction for the sake of the nation. Tripod mention in tweets has to be re balanced.

AAP leading in Bawana and Narela

BJP leading in Badli after fist round of counting AAP's Girish Soni leading from Madipur, BJP's Raj Kumar trailing by 1832 votes
09:26  AAP heads for landslide win, BJP says results not anti-NDA wave :  AAP: 50
BJP:10
CONG:1
OTHERS:0

AAP's Alka lamba leading from Chandni Chowk, Congress's Parlad Singh Sawhney trailing by 2755

AAP's Kapil Mishra leading from Karawal Nagar,BJP's Mohan Singh Bisht trailing by 1852 votes.


AAP chief and Delhi's next CM, Arvind Kejriwal, watches the results coming in from the party HQ at Patel Nagar.
09:20  AAP's Rakhi Birla, Jarnail Singh lead:  Aam Aadmi Party's Rakhi Birla starts with a huge lead from Mongolpuri, AAP's Jarnail Singh leading from Tilak Nagar. 
AAP's Fateh Singh leading from Gokalpur.

Rakhi Birla was the youngest and only woman minister in the Kejriwal government.

And Jarnail Singh? He is the journalist who threw a shoe at then home minister P Chidambaram in protest against his remarks on the clean chit to Congress leaders in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case..
09:14  BJP's Shahnawaz Hussain is in denial: We will definitely form our govt under Kiran-ji's leadership.
09:13  Kiran Bedi trailing in Krishna Nagar:   BJP's Jagdish Mukhi leading from Janak Puri

AAP's Ajay Dutt leading in Ambedkar Nagar

MS Dhir, speaker in AAP govt, now BJP candidate frm Jangpura trails

Congress's Ajay Maken trailing by 3436 votes in Delhi

AAP's Ajay Dutt leading from Ambedkar Nagar

AAP's Naresh Yadav leading in Mehrauli
09:07  Barkha Dutt tweets from outside the AAP office: Balloons and festivities at the @AamAadmiParty & me trying hard be heard above the Paanch Saal Kejriwal singing!
09:06  Kiran Bedi when asked, is your loss a referendum on Modi, replies, "Delhi is standalone. It's a tennis match, an election match. One team has to win." 
09:03  Kiran Bedi: Will take responsibility if BJP loses :  As trends begin to coming pointing to an AAP win, Kiran Bedi says that if she loses she will take responsibility.

That's precisely what Kejriwal has been saying, that the BJP will use her as a fall guy. Kejriwal has always remained civil while commenting on his opponent and former colleague in the Anna Hazare-led India Against Corruption movement. When her candidature was announced he had tweeted that he was happy that she has joined politics and would have loved to have her in the AAP.

Her political debut has not been easy. She joined the BJP only last month and was immediately elevated as the party's chief ministerial candidate, much to the consternation of the senior leadership of the party.
08:57  AAP's Manish Sisodia says the party is confident of forming government in Delhi. 
08:56  Tally so far :   AAP leading in initial count at Seelampur, babarpur, ghonda, Karawal Nagar.

AAP: 25 
BJP: 12
CONG: 3
OTHERS: 1


Pic: That's AAP's Kumar Vishwas and showman Raghu Ram
08:51  Who said what, trails and leads... :  Latest comments from all the three parties.

AAP: Yogendra Yadav says David likely to defeat Goliath

BJP: Latest trends worrying.

Cong: Ajay Maken says Congress doing better than what the exit polls said. But Maken is trailing from the Sadar Bazar street constituency.

BJP's Vinod Kumar Binny trails.


Pic: AAP supporters distribute sweets in celebration of early leads.
08:41  BJP: Did our best, hope for a positive outcome:  The BJP says it did its best and hopes for a positive outcome.  The assembly election, held for the second time in little over one year, has been largely a direct contest between BJP and a resurgent AAP which has put up a tough fight under Arvind Kejriwal's leadership.

The BJP strongly rejected the exit poll findings predicting an AAP victory and said it was confident of winning the polls. With exit polls predicting a clear victory for AAP, the party on Sunday had a meeting of its top leaders where the possible political situation in the city was discussed.

Pic: AAP members and supporters watching the trends as it happens on TV with the same, if not more, excitement that a cricket match generates.
08:38  Vijender Gupta of the BJP says, "People want a stable Govt in Delhi, confident that BJP will form Govt."
08:38  And that's another picture of the Congress HQ in Delhi. Will the Congress be as much of an also-ran as the Ambassador car parked there? 
08:34  Do pray, prayers are very powerful, Kejriwal tweets :  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal this morning, urged the people of the national capital to pray for a decisive verdict in the Delhi Assembly polls.

"All the very best Delhiites. Do pray. Prayers are v powerful," he tweeted.

Five out of seven exit polls have predicted that the AAP may return to power once again in the national capital, with the second place for the BJP.

The Congress, which ruled Delhi for 15 years, has been placed at a distant third.The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for the counting of votes which will begin at 8 am.

Counting will take place at 14 centers in nine districts of the national capital.The entire process of counting will be video graphed. The Electronic Voting Machines are being heavily guarded at the counting centres.A three-tier security will be in place at all the 14 counting centres.
08:31  Will the record 67 pc turnout make AAP a winner?:  A record 67.14 per cent turnout was recorded in the polls on Saturday in which a total of 673 candidates. Polling had taken place at 12,177 polling stations, of which 714 have been identified as "critical".

Of these, 191 are "highly critical".

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 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 to get at most 5 seats.
08:28  Trends show AAP leading:  Unless figures change, first trends show that the fight is between BJP and AAP. Congress is rapidly becoming a footnote of Delhi's electoral story. Much of what the exit polls said.

That's what the exit polls say. Click on the picture for a larger image.
08:25  CEC: EVMs can't be tampered :  The Delhi Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for counting of the ballots which will take place in 14 centres across the city under tight security.

All the exit polls have given AAP a decisive edge over BJP with one of them giving it as high as 53 seats in the 70-member House.

The BJP has rejected the exit polls and exuded confidence of wresting power in Delhi after a gap of 16 years. The party on Sunday said it would get 34-38 seats.

A record 67.14 per cent turnout was recorded in the polls on Saturday in which a total of 673 candidates.

Polling had taken place at 12,177 polling stations, of which 714 have been identified as "critical". Of these, 191 are "highly critical".


08:23  Early leads: BJP 3, AAP 8, Cong 2.
08:22  First bytes from Sanjay Kaul of the BJP: Kumar Vishwas par patani kisko vishwas hai, humein to nahi hai.  
08:21  Explaining Delhi's polls and bets:  The Delhi Assembly elections could yield three results. Some opinion polls give the Aam Aadmi Party a majority in the 70-seat Assembly, while other polls favour the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Some "pollsters" have also looked at the illegal betting market. Last time I checked (Friday morning), the bookies were offering 2.5:1 on the BJP and 3:1 on the AAP, with 25:1 on the Congress. Are the bookies right, or is it likely to be the AAP, or a hung Assembly?

Hard to say.

Election data and opinion polls are often cited by the statistically challenged. These data are also wilfully misinterpreted by the biased. Few people understand how polls, or bookies, operate. Read more


Pic: Not a soul outside the Congress HQ. Telling?
08:13  Arvind Kejriwal leaves for AAP office :  From his residence in Kaushambi, Arvind Kejriwal leaves for the Patel Nagar office. 
08:11  Delhi polls: Counting begins, most results by 11:30 am :  Good morning and welcome to the live commentary on the Delhi polls. Counting begins today for the closely-watched assembly elections.

Counting of votes for the high-profile Delhi Assembly polls in which Bharatiya Janata Party and Aam Aadmi Party are locked in a direct fight are likely to be available by 11:30 am.

Delhi Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for counting of the ballots which will take place in 14 centres across the city under tight security. 

04:05  EU threatens sanctions against 'spoilers' of Libyan peace talks:  European Union foreign ministers threatened sanctions on Monday against "spoilers" who obstruct efforts by the United Nations to halt fighting inLibya.

Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed revolt ousted Muammar Gaddafi nearly four years ago, with rival governments allied to armed groups fighting for legitimacy in a conflict that threatens to split apart the oil-producing nation.
03:12  HSBC SwissLeaks claims spark political row in Britain :  Claims that banking giant HSBC helped rich clients dodge tax started a political firefight in Britain as the main parties sought to blame each other for not acting. 

Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives appointed former HSBC chief executive Stephen Green to the House of Lords in 2010, where he served as a trade minister.
03:11  Boko Haram kidnaps 20 people in Cameroon, executes 12:  Suspected members of Boko Haram kidnapped 20 people from a bus in northern Cameroon, then executed 12 of them. 

The kidnapping occurred on Sunday and all of the survivors have since been released, yesterday a resident said, on condition of anonymity, whose wife was among those abducted. An official from a local NGO also confirmed the incident.
01:57  Same-sex marriages proceed in parts of Alabama, amid judicial chaos:  Amid conflicting signals from federal courts and the chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, some Alabama counties began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday in a legal showdown with echoes of the battles over desegregation in the 1960s.

In major county seats like Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville, same-sex couples lined up outside courthouses as they opened and emerged smiling after being wed.

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01:55  US has sharp differences with Israel on Iran: Obama:  US President Barack Obama today said he has sharp differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the nuclear peace negotiations with Iran, asserting he wants to give diplomacy a chance before thinking about other options which are not attractive for either America or Israel. 

"I don't want to be coy. The Prime Minister and I have a very real difference around Iran's sanctions," Obama told reporters at a White House news conference along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
00:32  Guj govt reinstates Pandey; appoints him as ADGP Law & Order :  Four days after a CBI court granted bail to suspended IPS officer P P Pandey in Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, Gujarat government today revoked his suspension and reinstated him in service. 

"The state government has revoked the suspension order of P P Pandey and appointed him on the vacant cadre post of Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Gujarat state, Gandhinagar," an order issued by state Home Department said.
00:31  Criminal cases registered against Togadia, organisers:  Criminal cases have been registered against VHP leader Praveen Togadia and organisers of 'Hindu Virat Samavesha' for allegedly violating prohibitory orders issued by Bengaluru Police Commissioner M N Reddi. 

 "We have booked one criminal case against Togadia and cases against the organisers for violating prohibitory orders," a top police official, who did not wish to be named, told PTI tonight.
00:17  US considering arming Ukraine with lethal weapons: Obama:  The US is examining the possibility of arming Ukraine with "lethal defensive weapons" President Barack Obama said today but insisted that no decision in this regard had been made yet. 

"It is true that if, in fact, diplomacy fails, what I've asked my team to do is to look at all options. What other means can we put in place to change (Russian President) Mr (Vladimir) Putin's calculus? The possibility of lethal defensive weapons is one of those options that's being examined," Obama said at a White House news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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