Delhi Elections 2015 Latest News And Live Updates
Delhi Assembly Election Dates / Schedule 2015
|Issue of Notification||Jan 14, 2015|
|Last date of making Nominations||Jan 21, 2015|
|Scrutiny of Nominations||Jan 22, 2015|
|Last date for withdrawal of Candidatures||Jan 24, 2015|
|Date of Poll||Feb 07, 2015|
|Counting of Votes||Feb 10, 2015|
|Date of Completion||Feb 12, 2015|
Delhi Assembly Elections 2015
Delhi is all set for fresh elections in February 2015. All the major political parties are gearing up for the elections and have formed strategies for effective campaigning in the city. The elections are going to be largely an AAP versus BJP affair.
Delhi seems concerned about the same lot of grim issues that have continued to hurt its status as the national capital for long. Poor water supply and power outages, weak infrastructure, corruption, crime against women, problem of law and order, unemployment and pollution are still the issues that are going to be at the core of the assembly elections.
About Delhi Assembly ElectionsThe first elections for the Delhi Legislative Assembly were held in 1993 in which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged victorious. The last assembly elections were held in Delhi in 2013 in which Aam Aadmi Party won as many as 28 seats and formed its government with outside support of Indian National Congress (INC). In the 2013 Assembly elections, there were 11,753 polling stations with 11.9 million eligible voters out of which 6.6 million were men and 5.3 million were women including 405,000 first time voters. Presently, Delhi is under President's rule ever since former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned in February 2014.
After its landslide victory in General Elections 2014, the BJP is confident of getting a clear majority in the state Assembly elections and is looking forward to fresh polls in the national capital. The Congress will try its best to regain its lost ground. On the other hand, AAP will have to start from scratch. It has to plan a new strategy to win back the confidence of voters in Delhi.
Unknown facts about Delhi Elections
- Only seven Chief Ministers have ruled over Delhi in its political history. The last one, Arvind Kejriwal, has served the shortest term for only 49 Days, just three short of Sushma Swaraj's (52 days).
- All the Union Territories of India represent 1 seat Lok Sabha seat, except for Delhi which accounts for seven.
- All seven Union Territories of India make a total of 100 Assembly seats collectively. Delhi has 70 while Puducherry accounts for the remaining 30. Five Union Territories do not have a Legislative Assembly.
- The President's rule has there been imposed only once in Delhi's history. It came into force when Arvind Kejriwal tendered his resignation from the post of Delhi CM on 15th February 2014.
- Delhi did not have a chief minister for more than 37 years between 1st November 1956 and 2nd December 1993. This is the longest period of time for which a state/UT did not have a chief minister.
- The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) formed the government in Delhi within the shortest span of time since its formation. The party came into existence in November 2012 and formed the government in Delhi in December 2013.
- Delhi accounts for more seats (seven) in the Lok Sabha than that of eleven states and other six Union Territories of India.
- North West Delhi is the only parliamentary seat of Delhi that is reserved for a Scheduled Caste (SC) candidate. Delhi has 12 assembly seats reserved for SCs, none for STs.
- Chaudhary Brahm Prakash was the youngest (and first) Chief Minister of Delhi when he assumed office at the age of 34 in 1952. While Sheila Dikshit is the oldest to have held the office of the CM at the age of 60.
- Gurmukh Nihal Singh was not only the second chief minister of Delhi, he also served as the first ever governor of the state of Rajasthan.
Delhi Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014Delhi has seven Lok Sabha seats for which elections take place after every five years. BJP bagged all the seven seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. It achieved this feat after 15 years. All the BJP candidates won. These include Dr Harshvardhan from Chandni Chowk, Manoj Tiwari from North East Delhi, Mahesh Girri from East Delhi, Parvesh Verma from West Delhi, Ramesh Bidhuri from South Delhi, Udit Raj from North West Delhi and Meenakshi Lekhi from New Delhi. There was a tough fight among the bigwigs of politics from several political parties. The exit polls predicted major victory for the BJP in Delhi which was proved right.
Quick facts for Delhi Elections 2015
|Parliamentary Constituencies|| |
|Ruling Party||President's rule|
|Opposition Party||President's rule|
|Chief Minister||President's rule|
|Lt. Governor||Najeeb Jung|
|Chief Electoral Officer||Shri Chadrabhushan Kumar|
|Address||Old St. Stephen College Building, Kashmere Gate, Delhi-110006|
Delhi Election History
New Delhi, the capital of India as well as part of the Union Territory of Delhi, houses the major administrative and political buildings and institutions namely Lok Sabha or (The House of People), Rajya Sabha (The Council of States), Rashtrapati Bhavan (the Official Residence of the President of India) and the Supreme Court of India. There are national as well as regional political parties in Delhi.
In the past few years, a number of parties have formed coalitions in order to govern Delhi. The BJP governed Delhi from 1993, with Madan Lal Khurana as the Chief Minister. See Delhi Assembly Election 2013 Results
The National Capital Territory of Delhi consists of 70 assembly constituencies and seven parliamentary constituencies. Delhi has its own Lieutenant Governor, council of ministers and Chief Minister. The Lieutenant Governor (just like the Governor in other states) is the nominal head of the State and is appointed by the President of India. The judiciary consists of the Delhi High Court and the two lower courts namely the Small Causes Court for civil cases and the Sessions Court for criminal cases. The Supreme Court of India is also located here. Delhi has three local municipal corporations namely, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Delhi Cantonment Board.
Issues of the state
Villages: Though regarded as urban villages, they lack basic infrastructure. Some villages do not have even basic facilities such as water supply, hospitals and proper sanitation. Transport and frequent power failures are other areas of concern that need attention.
Law & Order: Just like the problem of corruption, the issue of law and order in Delhi requires lot of attention.
Electricity and women’s safety have been the main focus of all the parties during the elections.
Delhi Assembly Elections 2013
The 2013 Assembly elections witnessed the remarkable success of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a new political party. The Congress which was in power in the capital for the last 15 years faced a major defeat winning only 8 out of the 70 Assembly constituencies. BJP won the most with 31 seats, falling short by just 4 seats to reach the half-way mark. The nascent AAP debuted in the Delhi elections winning as many as 28 seats. Other political parties bagged 2 seats. AAP President Arvind Kejriwal defeated Sheila Dikshit in the New Delhi constituency with a huge margin of over 25,000 votes. AAP’s success took most political rivals by surprise, who with support from the Congress, went on to form the government. But Arvind Kejriwal's resignation from the Chief Minister’s post led to President's rule in the state. The Delhi Assembly has been kept in suspended animation.
|Delhi Political Parties Candidate List|
|BJP Candidate List||Congress Candidate List||Aam Aadmy Party Candidates|
Political Parties of Delhi
Because of its importance as a political nucleus of India, Delhi has both national as well as regional political parties.
|The national parties|
|INC - Indian National Congress||BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party||BSP - Bahujan Samaj Party|
|CPIM - Communist Party of India, Marxist||CPI - Communist Party of India||SP - Socialist Party|
|KMPP - Kisan Majdoor Praja Party||AISCF - All India Scheduled Caste Federation||FBL (MG) - F.B (Marxist Group)|
|RSP - Revolutionary Socialist Party||RRP - Akhil Bharatiya Ram Rajya Parishad||HMS - Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha|
|The regional parties in Delhi|
|Shiromoni Akali Dal||Rashtriya Janata Dal||Aam Aadmi Party|
List of Chief Ministers of Delhi
The Chief Minister of Delhi leads the Council of Ministers. Of the eight Assembly elections held in Delhi so far, five were won by the Congress party. Following is the list of Chief Ministers of Delhi.
|S. No.||Chief Minister||From||To||Party Name|
|1||President's rule||Feb 15, 2014||Present|
|2||Arvind Kejriwal||Dec 28, 2013||Feb 14, 2014||AAP|
|7||Sahib Singh Verma||1996||1997||BJP|
|8||Madan Lal Khurana||1993||1996||BJP|
|10||G N Singh||1955||1956||INC|
|11||Chaudhary Brahm Prakash||1952||1955||INC|
List of Governors of Delhi
The executive body of the National Capital Territory of Delhi is headed by the Lieutenant Governor. He is the constitutional head of the Government of Delhi. Delhi has seen the appointment of Lt. Governors 20 times, the list of which is given below.
|S.No.||Name of Governor||From||To|
|1||Najeeb Jung||July 2013||Present|
|2||Tejendra Khanna||Apr 9, 2007||July, 2013|
|3||Banwari Lal Joshi||Jun 9, 2004||Apr 9, 2007|
|4||Vijai Kapoor||Apr 20, 1998||Jun 9, 2004|
|5||Tejendra Khanna||Jan 4, 1997||Apr 20, 1998|
|6||Prasannabhai Karunashankar Dave||May 4, 1992||Jan 4, 1997|
|7||Markandey Singh||Dec 1990||1992|
|8||Arjan Singh||Dec 1989||Dec 1990|
|9||Romesh Bhandari||Aug 1988||Dec 1989|
|10||Harkishan Lal Kapoor||Nov 1985||Aug 1988|
|11||Mohan M.K. Wali||Nov 1984||Nov 1985|
|12||Shri P.G. Gavai, I.A.S.||April 1984||Nov 1984|
|13||Jagmohan||Sep 1982||Mar 1984|
|14||Sundar Lal Khurana||1981||Sep 1982|
|16||Dalip Rai Kohli||1978||1979|
|20||Aditya Nath Jha||Nov 1, 1966||1970|
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi
The Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi is Chadrabhushan Kumar.
Sh. Chadrabhushan Kumar
Address :Old St. Stephen College Building, Kashmere Gate, Delhi-110006
Office Phone : 23977130
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Last Updated on 30 January, 2015.