Counting of votes begins. Delhi has been the seat of power for over 100 years. The political pundits believe the party that wins Delhi rules India and it is not just a figure of speech! A cursory glance at the last 20 years of poll results show if Uttar Pradesh sends the bulk of lawmakers, Delhi is the key to Parliament. The campaign which got off to a slow start as alliance talks between the AAP and Congress lingered on till the last days of nomination, gained momentum over the last fortnight with senior leaders drawing huge crowds at mega rallies and road shows in the national capital.The National Capital voted in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on May 12. 56.11% turnout was recorded in till 5 pm compared to the final turnout of 65.1% in 2014 in the National Capital.In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP registered a thumping victory in Delhi by winning all seven seats of the national capital. Almost all exit polls have predicted a clean sweep for the BJP.
Here are highlights from Delhi:
Chandni Chowk puzzle
Chandni Chowk was the only seat where BJP candidate's margin was less than a lakh at 64,659 votes.
Lekhi heading for another return
Incumbent MP from New Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi was also ahead of Congress' Ajay Maken by a margin of over 1.98 lakh votes.
Gautam Gambhir's brilliant debute!
Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, who is making his electoral debut from East Delhi constituency, was leading by a margin over 2.38 lakh votes.
Victory song for Hans Raj Hans
In North West Delhi, saffron party's Hans Raj Hans was ahead of AAP's Gagan Singh by 11,070 votes, they said.
Raghav Chadha trails
Sitting MP Ramesh Bidhuri was leading against his AAP rival Raghav Chadha by 11,600 votes in the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat, officials said.
Saffron surge in Delhi
BJP candidates were also leading in South Delhi and North West Delhi parliamentary constituencies.
Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma leads in West Delhi
Sitting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma is leading against his AAP rival Balbir Singh Jakhar by 3,319 votes in the West Delhi Lok Sabha seat, they said.
BJP leads on all 7 seats
Massive surge for BJP in early trends, Gautam Gambhir leads from East Delhi.
The Morning Rush! Counting of votes for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 underway at Siri Fort complex. (Pic courtesy: ANI)
All eyes on early trends
The polling officers will count around 16 lakh postal ballots in morning.
Results will be definitely in favour of the Congress. We're expecting that Congress will win and form government at Centre. Rahul Gandhi will be the PM. The fight in Delhi is between BJP and Congress, says Congress leader Ajay Maken.
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Call of the veteran
Sheila Dikshit, the Congress’ candidate for the North East Delhi constituency, is banking on her 15-year stint as chief minister to wrest the seat
The elections for the seven parliamentary seats were largely a triangular contest among the incumbent BJP, a spirited Congress and the AAP.
Numbers that matter
A total of 164 candidates contested the Lok Sabha elections from the seven seats in Delhi. Over 1.43 crore people were eligible to vote in the polls in Delhi, out of which 60.21 per cent exercised their franchise.