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AAP leading in 67 of the 70 seats in the Delhi assembly elections is set for a historical victory, reducing the opposition BJP to a measly 3 seats. The Congress, in an unprecedented occurrence in Indian electoral politics has not emerged victorious in a single seat. Until 13 months ago it had ruled Delhi for 15 long years. 46-year-old Arvind Kejriwal will take oath as Chief Minister on February 14, at Ramlila Grounds. Stepping out to greet supporters at noon outside his party office he said “"We will always walk the path of truth," adding, "It is very scary, the kind of support the people of Delhi have given us."
Kiran Bedi, BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate, inducted into the party only a few days before elections, lost to AAP’s SK Bagga from Krishna Nagar constituency, a BJP bastion since 1993. Projected as the Chief ministerial candidate at the cost of in-fighting and loss of faith of workers within the party, Bedi said “I haven't lost,” “BJP has lost”, and “I apologise to Modiji for not living up to the trust BJP gave to me” in the same press conference. She further added “Party didn't ask for any money from me. It accepted me the way I am. I am thankful for all the respect and love I've received from the party and the leadership"
The BJP is currently trailing behind to fulfill the 10% seat quota required to be Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly. Meanwhile, Congress Chief Ministerial candidate, Ajay Maken, has resigned from the post of General Secretary of the party citing dismal results and his own loss as the reason behind his actions. The Bahujan Samaj Party has registered a poor show these elections winning no seats and trailing behind by large margins in most constituency. It had fielded candidates for all 70 seats. This might cost the party its status as a National Party.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted "Spoke to @ArvindKejriwal & congratulated him on the win. Assured him Centre's complete support in the development of Delhi."The PM has reportedly invited the newly elected CM for a ‘chai pe charcha’.