Raghav Chadha faces off against RP Singh of BJP and Rocky Tusseed of Congress (Photo Credit: PTI File)
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Raghav Chadha won the Rajinder Nagar assembly seat in the Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 results declared on Tuesday. Raghav Chadha beat Sardar RP Singh of BJP by 20,058 votes to win the Rajinder Nagar assembly seat. This was the first official result declared by the Election Commission of India.
AAP's Virendra Garg had won the seat in 2015. However, this time AAP had decided to give the ticket to Raghav Chadha. Rajinder Nagar is a suburban assembly seat that comes under the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. The constituency had around 1,82,530 eligible voters in this constituency this time.
The counting of votes in the high-stakes election began on Tuesday morning amid tight security at various centres set up to carry out the exercise. Exit polls have predicted a big win for the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, but the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders maintained that the surveys would fall flat.
The counting began at 8 am and will be held in multiple rounds, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh said earlier.
"The counting centres are spread across 21 locations, spanning the 70 constituencies. Each centre has several counting halls, equal to the number of constituencies falling in that district," he said.
The counting centres were located across 11 districts, including at CWG Sports Complex in east Delhi, NSIT Dwarka in west Delhi, Meerabai Institute of Technology and G B Pant Institute of Technology in southeast Delhi, Sir CV Raman ITI, Dheerpur in central Delhi, and Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Bawana in north Delhi.
The election, largely seen as a battle between the AAP and the BJP, was held on Saturday, sealed the fate of 672 candidates -- 593 men and 79 women.
Nearly 24 hours after the polling ended in Delhi, the Election Commission on Sunday announced that the final voter turnout was 62.59 per cent, five per cent less than 2015, and asserted that it followed the laid down process to compile data, after the AAP questioned the "delay". Over 1.47 crore people were eligible to vote in the Delhi polls, including 2.33 lakh in the age group of 18-19. The turnout in the 2015 Assembly polls stood at 67.47 per cent. The AAP had routed rival parties in the last Assembly polls, bagging 67 seats while the BJP was reduced to mere three seats and the Congress had drawn a blank.