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The Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal has won a landslide election in Delhi netting 62 of the 70 seats in the Assembly. The BJP came a distant second winning 8, and the Congress drew a blank. The BJP however improved its vote share from the last assembly election.

In the previous Assembly elections held in 2015, the Aam Aadmi Party had netted 67 of the 70 seats. The party attributed its repeat 60 plus performance to 'kaam ki rajneeti' or politics of work, alluding to the steps it took in the fields of education and health care. AAP also benefited from the personal popularity of Kejriwal

The BJP did not announce a chief ministerial face, and instead pitched most of its campaign on nationalistic issues. It vehemently attacked the oppostion to the new citizenship amendment law, while AAP refused to be drawn into that debate. The Congress was totally lost in a bipolar contest between AAP and BJP, it did worse than it did in 2015, and 63 of its candidates lost their security deposit.

Since 1998, Delhi was ruled for 15 years by the Congress and the rest by AAP. The BJP, which lost power in Delhi in 1998, won only three seats in 2015, though its performance in the Lok Sabha seats here have been excellent.

The BJP has not done well in recent assembly elections. In Jharkhand, it lost power to the JMM-Congress-RJD combine. In Maharashtra, it emerged the single largest party, but ally Shiv Sena broke ranks to form a government with NCP and Congress. In Haryana it was forced to share power with Dushyant Chautala's JJP.



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