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Date: 13-02-2015
  • The BSP supremo Mayawati has also joined the list of political leaders attacking BJP after its humiliating loss in Delhi. The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati alleged that the BJP tried its best to fool the people of India. Mayawati told reporters at the party headquarters in Lucknow that the people of Delhi had "shown the right place" to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She said that the "hawai vaade" (false promises) of the BJP had been exposed in its nine-month tenure. 
  • Finishing touch is being given to the preparations at the famous Ramlila Ground of Delhi, which is almost ready for the swearing-in of the CM designate Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday. All the arrangements have been made for the ceremony according to officials. It is expected that the venue will be visited by thousands to see Arvind Kejriwal, his close associate Manish Sisodia and four other legislators taking oath. "There will be adequate security. Several CCTV cameras have been installed at Ramlila Maidan," the official said. Besides, 16 LED TV screens have been installed so that people can watch the grand ceremony. Mobile toilets will also be put into use.  

  • Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, an autonomous Muslim body, on Thursday congratulated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on its "historic victory" in Delhi assembly elections and said that the poll results have proved that there was no place for "caste-based and divisive politics" in the country. "The success of AAP is a strong democratic reply to politics of hatred." The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had won general elections on promises of development and welfare of all, did not do what it had promised during polls, it said. "The BJP, after winning general elections became arrogant and put the poll promises and real issues on the back burner and launched hate campaigns targeting minorities in the name of 'Love Jihad' and 'Ghar Wapsi'," it said adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi also did not pay any heed to the appeals of civil society and opposition parties to rein in the hateful and divisive campaigns.  
  • The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) reacted to BJP's rout in Delhi, saying that the so called 'Modi Magic' seems to be waning a little too fast. An editorial in the party's mouthpiece "People's Democracy" said, "The Delhi electorate has busted the myth of `Modi invincibility' ". It added, "They did so resoundingly. With a mere three legislators out of the 70, the BJP now faces a similar situation in the Delhi assembly as that of the Congress in the Lok Sabha. In fact, worse. The BJP does not qualify to claim the post of the official leader of the opposition in the Delhi assembly." 
  • The CM designate of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal is reportedly down with flu and his blood sugar levels are up according to his family physician. This is the reason why he was forced to return to his home in Kaushambi after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter's official residence on Thursday. According to Kejriwal's family doctor Vipin Mittal told reporters on Friday that the CM designate has been suffering from high fever and chronic cough for over a week now. His illness has just aggravated. The doctor also let the media know that he has been advised to have rest and restricted diet as his blood sugar levels have also gone up. Arvind Kejriwal is slated to take oath as the chief minister tomorrow at the Ramlila Ground in New Delhi. 
Date: 12-02-2015
  • Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal is likely to appoint his trusted colleague Manish Sisodia as the deputy CM, sources said on Thursday, adding that cabinet ministers in AAP's Delhi government are almost decided. The decision was taken at a meeting of Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Political Affairs Committee (PAC) on Wednesday night at Kejriwal's residence in Kaushambi in Ghaziabad, party sources said. Among those likely to be included in the cabinet are: Satyendra Jain, Adarsh Shastri, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Jitender Tomar, Kapil Mishra, Sandeep Kumar and Asim Ahmed Khan. Ram Nivas Goyal is likely to be appointed speaker of the Delhi assembly while Bandana Kumari could be his deputy. 
  • The Chief Minister-designate of Delhi and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today. Kejriwal, along with party leader Manish Sisodia, on Wednesday met Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and called on President Pranab Mukherjee. The Aam Aadmi Party won 67 out of the 70 seats in the Delhi assembly polls. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leader Kiran Bedi and Congress leader Ajay Maken are expected to be invited to Delhi chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony on Saturday. "We will invite Narendra Modi, Kiran Bedi and Ajay Maken (to the swearing-in ceremony)," an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said. Kejriwal will be sworn-in as the chief minister at Ramlila Maidan on Saturday. Kiran Bedi and Ajay Maken were the chief ministerial candidates of their parties. 
  • Former IPS officer and BJP leader Kiran Bedi said that the Election Commission should impose a ban on 'Fatwas' that have a negative impact on the voters before the elections. "These fatwas impact the freedom of choice. A fatwa means a diktat, a directive... it means a message. They have an impact on voters," Bedi told media in New Delhi. She went on to ask, "Should this be allowed by the EC? Is this right for a democratic process? Shouldn't the EC look into this?". The Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari had appealed to the Muslims of Delhi to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP),a Day before Delhi went for polls. 
  • The famous Ramlila Maidan in the heart of Delhi was abuzz with activity on Wednesday as municipality workers cleaned and decorated the venue where chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal will take oath on Feb 14. Around 40 workers divided into teams of six each from the North Delhi Municipal Corporation were assigned to carry out specific jobs, a supervisor said. Armed with brooms, some of the teams were busy cleaning the ground. 
  • Chief minister of Punjab, Prakash Singh Badal said that although the BJP and its partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) were thrashed in the Delhi elections, yet their personal performance had improved. In a statement, Badal said, "The Akali Dal performance in the just concluded assembly elections in Delhi has shown an improvement over previous elections, in terms of both vote-share and the number of votes polled by the party's candidates." "The sole reason for this increase not being converted into seats was the transfer of all Congress votes to the AAP, disturbing poll arithmetic in other constituencies, including those contested by the Akali Dal," he added.  
  • Despite the embarrassing drubbing that the BJP suffered in the Delhi assembly elections, the three elected legislators of the party are confident enough to form an 'effective' and 'constructive' opposition. Only three seats of Rohini, Vishwas Nagar and Mustafabad went to the BJP, while all the other 67 seats were captured by AAP. The winning BJP candidate from Vishwas Nagar, OP Sharma said, "We may be just three in number but all of us are strong leaders who have a lot of experience." 

Date: 11-02-2015
  • The AAP government would like to work in tandem with the centre as it believes in positive politics and its aim is to make Delhi a better place to live, AAP leader Manish Sisodia said after his party's resounding victory in the Delhi assembly polls. "We believe in positive and competitive politics. We are here to make Delhi better and would like to work with the centre in tandem," Sisodia said. 
  • A city court of Delhi granted Delhi's CM designate the permission not to appear in person in connection to a defamation case filed by an advocate. Metropolitan Magistrate Muneesh Garg allowed Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav's application seeking personal exemption from personal appearance due to some political commitments and fixed the matter for March 17. "The press release published in newspapers as well as testimonies of witnesses reflect that defamatory remarks were published in the newspaper which affected the reputation of the complainant in the society and lowered his reputation in the eyes of other members of the society," the court had said. 
  • AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi. Accompanied by party leader Manish Sisodia, the Delhi chief minister-designate met Naidu at Nirman Bhawan. According to party sources, Kejriwal is scheduled to meet union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence around 3.30 p.m. and also President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 6.30 p.m. Asked if Kejriwal would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sisodia told reporters: "We have sought his time, and I think we have been given a time for tomorrow (on Thursday)." The former chief minister and his party reclaimed Delhi winning 67 seats in a 70-member assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party got just three seats while the Congress got none. 
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) admitted that the party has an uphill task ahead as it has a huge mandate to deliver on the promises it made. A senior AAP leader said "Lokpal and Swaraj (self-rule) are as important as electricity and water" and accepted that it is going to be challenge for the party. 
  • The union cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on Tuesday, hours after the BJP's defeat in the Delhi assembly polls. The meeting was attended by senior ministers including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj and the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are learnt to have discussed the Delhi poll outcome. The Aam Aadmi Party registered a landslide victory in the polls winning 67 seats and squeezing the BJP to just three. The results came as a shock to the party which won Lok Sabha election under Modi's leadership last year and has done well in the subsequent assembly polls. 
  • Telangana chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said, hailing AAP's win in Delhi, that the AAP's landslide victory tells that people want a corruption free government everywhere. Rao also congratulated AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal for a massive win. He said, "It is a clear indication that voter by and large and particularly the urban voter wants a change and they rightly voted to you and your party". The TRS chief recalled that AAP had supported the democratic aspiration of the people of Telangana for a separate state. 
  • BJP canidate from Jangpura M.S. Dhir said that the anti-BJP wave was the cause behind the party's debacle. He said, "Winning and losing are the two faces of the same coin. I think it's an anti-BJP wave that led us down, Also, I think AAP got more time to prepare for the elections as they were preparing for the last six months." 
  • Former AAP member and speaker of Delhi assembly, M.S. Dhir attributed AAP's thumping victory to its chief Arvind Kejriwal. He said that Arvind Kejriwal proved stronger than BJP's CM candidate Kiran Bedi, "Arvind Kejriwal was a stronger face than (BJP's) Kiran Bedi for the post of chief minister," he said after losing to Aam Aadmi Party's Pravin Kumar by 20,450 votes in Jangpura. 

Date: 09-02-2015
  • A day after the Delhi assembly polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday told his party volunteers to "relax for two days" till the vote count. "Volunteers. U did an amazing job. Relax for 2 days. Spend wid (with) ur (your) family. Sleep. Watch movies. Meditate.  
  • Ajay Maken, who led the Congress poll campaign for the Delhi assembly election, on Sunday said that the exit polls cannot be dismissed and if the forecast about the party's performance comes out correct, it will be a matter of concern. Exit polls released after Saturday's voting for the 70-member assembly said that the Congress could slide further from the low it recorded in the 2013 assembly elections when it won only eight seats. 
  • The BJP's Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay said the party will win by a comfortable majority in the Delhi assembly election under the leadership of Kiran Bedi. Speaking to reporters after a review meeting on the Bharatiya Janata Party's performance in Saturday's election, Upadhyay said that the party will form the next government in Delhi. 
  • AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal urged the government to act against HSBC Bank to unearth details of Indians holding black money abroad while BJP's Kiran Bedi called it "stolen" money. "Why doesn't the BJP government act against HSBC officials? They will spill the beans. (The) US did precisely that," former Delhi chief minister Kejriwal tweeted. Bedi, the Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate in Delhi, said in a tweet: "Truly criminal, inhuman when poor man's money is stolen. This has caused huge gap between haves and have nots. 
  • Re-polling happened at two different polling stations in Delhi Cantt and Rohtash Nagar assembly constituencies. An official said re-polling has been ordered because the Electronic Voting Machines were not working properly in these areas. 
  • Re-polling for the Delhi assembly elections started on Monday at 8 a.m. in two assembly constituencies of Delhi Cantt. and Rohtas Nagar. The two polling booths where the polling is being held are Delhi Cantonment's booth No. 31 at DID Lines and booth No. 132 at Subhash Park in Rohtas Nagar constituency. The reason why re-polling became necessary was that on Saturday, the poll officials at the Delhi cantt. booth did not delete the mock votes from the EVM, so it showed 55 extra votes cast, while at Rohtas Nagar booth, despite working fine throughout the day the EVM recorded 40 votes less than the actual number. It was feared that this might affect the results of the constituency. The polling will go on till 6 p.m. as usual. 
Date: 08-02-2015
  • Subramanian Swamy of BJP claimed today that Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal is a 'Naxalite' and many of his associates were also involved in Naxalite movement. He went on to claim that if AAP assumes power in Delhi Assembly, Arvind Kejriwal will leave CM's chair within 1 year, taking dig on his governance capabilities.  
  • Sitaram Yechury, Politburo member of CPIM, said today that popularity of NDA government at the centre is falling and he referred to Delhi Assembly election Exit Poll results to potentiate his claim. He also stressed upon the need of creating 'secular' alternative. 
  • CM Candidate of BJP and ex-super cop Kiran Bedi is not yet calling it quits as she is reportedly all set to meet senior party leaders as well as other BJP candidates at 14, Pandit Pant Marg (Headquarter of Delhi BJP) to review possible outcome of the poll. The meeting is expected to take place at 5pm IST today. Per IANS report, Bedi aide has said that she met union minister and senior party leader Nirmala Sitaraman (who visited BJP's Delhi CM candidate's residence) in the morning after offering prayers. The aide also said that Bedi is suffering from sore throat but is not in the mood of taking rest and looks energetic and positive. BJP is expected to hold multiple meetings in the coming future. 
  • Indian National Congress is awaiting a major showdown, especially if decimation of INC during Delhi Assembly election per most Exit Poll surveys comes true. 7 major exit poll surveys have given INC 0 to 4 seats. However, an online poll done by Merinews Citizen Journalists has given INC 5 seats. In fact, acknowledgement of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra yesterday just after the polls regarding rise of AAP as credible opponent is expected to go against the faction-ridden Delhi unit of INC. It needs special mention that senior INC leader and former Delhi CM Sheila Dixit was conspicuously missing during the entire Delhi election campaign. 
  • Ramesh Bidhuri, General Secretary of Delhi BJP Unit, has told media that the exit poll results are going to be proved wrong on coming Tuesday when poll results get announced. However, he also said that if the party at all loses the Delehi Assembly election, it should not be regarded as loss of Narendra Modi, who assumed PMs office 8 months back. Senior BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman also told media outside Kiran Bedi's residence today that her party is hopeful of winning the Assembly election.  
  • Though BJP's CM candidate Kiran Bedi had told media yesterday that she is prepared to take onus of the Delhi Assembly election result, which will be announced on February 10, reports say that she is in no mood to relent as yet. Per IANS report, Bedi is all set to meet multiple senior BJP leaders. It is learnt that Kiran Bedi is going to meet senior leaders and other candidates of the party at Delhi BJP Headquarters at 5pm today. Per available information, it is going to be a review meeting of BJP on the possible outcome of the party during Delhi Assembly election.  
  • Reports suggest that Muslims during this Delhi Assembly election has chosen Aam Aadmi Party as the most preferred party over Congress. Available statistics show that there are around 17 million Muslims living in Delhi, which accounts for 11 percentage of the total population of Delhi. IANS reports show that IT professionals, businessmen, shop-owners, or others in the minority community had a feeling that AAP is the most preferred 'secular' political party that has most chances of win, which can look after its interests. Political analysts believe one of the reasons that most Exit Poll surveys have given majority seats to AAP is the en masse voting on Muslim community to AAP, without dividing the minority vote bank among many secular political parties, as witnessed during Lok Sabha election 2014.  
  • Niramala Sitharaman, Senior BJP leader and Union Cabinet Minister, today paid visit to Kiran Bedi's, CM candidate of BJP, residence where she told media that her party is still hopeful of winning this election, irrespective of what Exit Polls indicate. She made this statement today just outside ex-super cop's house. However, when asked about Kiran Bedi's statement, made yesterday, about her taking the entire onus of winning or losing, Sitharaman regarded it as Kiran's personal view. However, she quickly added that BJP is still hopeful of getting outcome in its favour.  
  • Most Exit Polls have predicted a decisive win for Aam Aadmi Party. Out of the 7 Exit Polls, only one Exit Poll survey (Datamioneria) has given BJP more seats (35 seats) over AAP's 31 seats. The survey that gave largest number of seats to AAP is India-News Axis (53 seats). It gave just 17 seats to the saffron party and 0-2 seats to the grand old party of India (INC). Average of all the 7 Exit Poll surveys still give majority seat to AAP (43 seats), followed by a distant BJP (25 seats), and just 2 seats to Indian National Congress.  
  • Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi, Chandra Bhushan Kumar, told media that Election commission is happy about the turnout, which touched a record high of 67.14 per cent. This Assembly election was a direct contest between Aam Aadmi Party and Bharatiya Janata Party. The contest became more interesting with BJP choosing ex-super cop, social activist, and prominent face of Anna Hazaare movement Kiran Bedi to stop Arvind Kejriwal's AAP juggernaut.  
Date: 07-02-2015
  • The National Capital of Delhi is all set to break its own record of electorate turnout set in 2013. According to the Election Commission, 63 percent of voter turnout was registered in Delhi till 5 pm. Delhi started off on Saturday morning but saw a low scale balloting early on, but picked up later as the day progressed. If the trend continues, Delhi may well go past the 66 percent of turnout it had recorded in 2013. 
  • Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the BJP is going to win in Delhi. He was in Lucknow, his parliamentary constituency, while Delhi went to polls. Singh said that the party was confident to emerge triumphant in the assembly elections of Delhi for stability and development in Delhi. 
  • Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal cast his ballot on Saturday at a polling station in Aliganj area of B.K. Dutt colony in South Delhi. He was mobbed by scores of people when he reached the polling booth and the policemen had a tough time managing the crowd. Kejriwal, who may well be the next chief minister of Delhi, waved to the local people acknowledging their excitement for him and his party.  
  • Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate was thrashed on Saturday for trying to stop illegal distribution of liquor by some unidentified assailants. AAP candidate from Model Town constituency of North Delhi, Akhilesh Pati Tripathi was beaten up for stopping alcohol distribution in a J.J. colony of the area, said a party official. Tripathi was brought to hospital in an unconscious state but is now pronounced out of danger. 
  • The electorate of Delhi seems to be eager to cast its ballot as the early trends suggest. The voting in Delhi has picked up slowly as the bright sunshine facilitated prospects of a nice day. Only 5.64 percent of voter turnout was recorded within one hour of balloting, but the turnout reached close to 20 percent in next two ours. According to the Election Commission, more than 19 percent of Delhi's eligible voters had exercise their franchise and cast their ballot till 11 am. The balloting is expected to increase and Delhi's previous record of 66 percent voting registered in 2013 is expected to be broken. 
  • Polling in Delhi picked up slowly on Saturday with 5.7 percent votes being cast in the early hours. The highest polling percentage of 6.6 percent was recorded in the northeast district till 9 a.m. Southwest district followed with 6.5 percent, east district with 6.3 percent and northwest district with 6.04 percent. North district reported 5.6 percent polling, southeast district 5.4 percent, west district 5.5 percent, New Delhi 5.1 percent, while central district trailed with 4.3 percent. 
  • Union Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday exercised his franchise and cast vote along with his mother in Krishna Nagar constituency and said that he is "confident of BJP's win" in the Delhi assembly election. Vardhan, who was BJP's chief ministerial candidate in thr last assembly election, said that it would be a "historic win for the BJP". Harsh vardhan said, "We have not seen that in reality. I am 100 percent confident that the BJP will win, and I don't want to comment on these poll surveys till the results come out," when inquired about opinion polls putting AAP ahead of BJP. 
  • Delhi witnessed people queing up right from the moment polling started in the national capital on Saturday morning. Even the politcal stalwarts were in a hurry to cast their ballot. BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi cast her vote in Southe Delhi, while former chief minister of Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal cast ballot in Zor bagh. UPA chairman Sonia gandhi, too, came early in the morning to exercise her franchise at Nirman Vihar polling station. Mrs. gandhi was accompanied by former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Congress candidate from New Delhi Kiran Walia and Congress leader Arvinder Singh lovely. Vice President Hamid Ansari was also amongst those who cats their vote before 9.30 am. 
  • Kiran Bedi, BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Delhi, cast her vote on Saturday at a polling booth in New Delhi and asked people to vote for "clean, literate and safe Delhi". "Today is a historic day for Delhiites. It's the day for them to decide what type of Delhi they want," Bedi said after casting her vote in Uday Park in South Delhi. She urged Delhiites to vote for "clean, literate and safe Delhi". After casting her vote, Kiran Bedi stood on the car roof and posed for the cameras. 
  • Former Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party's CM face, Arvind Kejriwal, urged the voters in Delhi to cast their ballot in the assembly election on Saturday. "Everyone after taking a bath, pray to god and do cast your vote, you will certainly win (sab log naha dhokar aapne ishwar ko yaad karke vote dalne jarur jana, aapki awshya jeet hogi)," Kejriwal tweeted. Voting for the 70-member Delhi assembly began at 8 a.m. on Saturday. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the voters in Delhi to exercise their franchise in large numbers in the assembly polls. "As Delhi votes today (on Saturday), urging voters to go out and vote in large numbers," the prime minister tweeted. "I particularly call upon my young friends to vote in record numbers," another tweet said. 
  • Voting for the 70-member Delhi assembly began across the national capital at 8 a.m. 1.33 crore electorate will decide the fate of 673 candidates. 12,177 polling stations have been set up for voting at 2,530 locations. More than 55,000 security personnel have been deployed to ensure peaceful balloting. 
Date: 06-02-2015
  • The Aam aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday outright rejected the appeal made to the Muslim community by Jama Masjid's Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari. In a press conference held in New Delhi, AAP member Ashutosh said that their party did not need any support from any community as it was working for the common man belonging to all communities. The AAP also redeculed Bukhari by saying that it would never take support from a man who invited the prime minister of Pakistan on the occasion of his sons' coronation and snubbed the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  
  • Syed Ahmad Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, on Friday appealed to the Muslim community to vote for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as it was a secular party. BuKhari addressed a gathering of Muslims after the Friday prayers and said that it was of utmost importance for the Muslims to vote for AAP. "BJP ever since it has come in power at the centre is dividing the country on religious lines. AAP is a secular party and Muslims for their betterment should vote for it."  
  • A day before Delhi goes to polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has placed immense confidence in the electorate of Delhi and has maintained that the people with elect the party with clear majority. The BJP said that the voters can take a clue from BJP's good track record. The BJP has urged the voters of Delhi to elect a stable government for good governance saying and highlighted AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal's two biggest mistakes that he himself admitted to- first was to quit as the Cm of Delhi and the other was to contest Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi. "Kejriwal is committing mistakes in a hurry and repenting at leisure. What does it indicate? What is the guarantee whether he will be able to provide stability in Delhi. Track record is equally important. We are confident that the people of Delhi will give a decisive verdict in our favour. We are very much assured of a decisive victory," Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.  
  • The Delhi Police informed on Friday that a total of 55,000 security personnel, including paramilitary forces, will be deployed in Delhi to ensure peaceful polling on Saturday. Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi told media persons and said, "A total of 55,000 policemen would be deployed on roads as well as at booths in Delhi. We have got additional support from the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force). Returning officers and other officers from different departments would visit booths tomorrow (on Saturday)." He said that a special commissioner rank officer along with others would monitor activities at various polling booths from the control room. 
  • Delhi Metro on Thursday said that it will begin train services at 4 a.m. on Feb 7 in view of the assembly election in the capital. "Metro trains will start service at 4 a.m. from all lines on Feb 7 at a frequency of 30 minutes till 5.30 a.m. Thereafter, trains on all lines will run as per normal schedule," said a statement from Delhi Metro. Over 25 lakh commuters travel daily by the Metro.  
  • The Election Commission said that the Delhi was all in readiness to hold peaceful elections to the 70 member Delhi assembly. The capital, with 12,177 polling stations at 2,530 locations across the city, was ready to go to polls, Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar said at a press conference. A total of 741 polling booths were identified as "critical" and out of these, 191 were "highly critical", he said. Delhi has a total of 1,33,09,078 registered voters, amongst these are 73,89,089 males, 59,19,127 women and 862 from "other gender". 
  • Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi has said that the AAP candidate Naresh Balyan may be arrested if he does not pay heed to summons by the Delhi Police regarding the liquor case. The police said that they have probed the case in an utterly professional manner and have sufficient evidence against him. Meanwhile, the AAP has denied the charges labeled against its candidate saying that the BJP was manipulating the Delhi Police to put false charges against AAP's leaders and volunteers.  
  • The two front runners in the elections to the legislative assembly of Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), have come face to face just a day before the electorate of Delhi casts ballot, this time over advertisements in news papers. The AAP has expressed deep resentment over a full page add in a news paper by BJP highlighting the achievements of the Narendra Modi led central government, while the BJP has objected to an add by AAP accusing it of resorting to 'casteist' agenda to woo people. BJP member GVL Narsimha Rao said, "AAP is trying to communalise the elections in Delhi and get voters of a partcular community on their side."  
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fielded its volunteers with spy cameras to keep a check on cash and liquor distribution by various political parties across Delhi. The AAP reported of liquor and cash distribution in exchange for Voter ID cards on Thursday evening after the campaigning for the polls ended. The matter was taken to the Election Commission by AAP who feared that the illegal practice might just shoot up on the day before polling. The volunteers have started sending in videos and images featuring distribution of cash and liquor. 
Date: 05-02-2015
  • The high voltage campaigning from various political parties for Delhi assembly elections ended at 6 pm on Thursday. The three main parties -- the AAP, the BJP,and the Congress -- campaigned aggressively to impress the voters to vote for them in the Saturday polls. The chief ministerial candidates from the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party interacted with voters on the final day. While AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal held a foot march in New Delhi constituency, BJP's Kiran Bedi also held one in Krishna Nagar in east Delhi. Congress's campaign committee chief Ajay Maken and party's vice president Rahul Gandhi held a road show in the capital. The verdict of the electorate for the 70 member assembly will be announced on Feb 10. 
  • An AVAM delegation on Thursday filed a formal complaint with the Election Commission in Delhi against AAP. A breakaway volunteer group of AAP, said after filing the complaint that the EC had assured them to take appropriate action as needed. AVAM member Karan Kumar said, "We have been assured of necessary action by Election Commission, they have received our complaint. We level allegation based on substantial evidence and we do not believe in mud-slinging." The group had revealed on February 2 that the AAP had received unchecked money amounting to Rs. 2 crore last year from 'dubious' companies. 
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah in a rally in Delhi on Thursday said that the elections were a fight between two different ideologies. "This election is between two ideologies - The one who say and do thing and other, who don't do what they say." He further added, "BJP does what it says. If BJP forms its government, we will fight a battle against unemployment." While BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Kiran Bedi expressed that she was certain to form a government in Delhi. Bedi said, "We will certainly form our Govt, we'll bring the rule of law in Delhi."  
  • Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, M. Venkaihah Naidu took on AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and said that he had already conceded defeat in the Delhi assembly elections by alleging that the EVM are tempered with. He said, "He (Kejriwal) has conceded defeat by saying EVMs are defective." Naidu on Wednesday said the electoral mandate in the national capital cannot be seen as a referendum on the performance of Narendra Modi government at the Centre.  
  • The chief of Congress election campaign committee Ajay Maken said in an election rally on Thursday that the people of Delhi will vote for Congress again. He said that the voters voted for Congress in the past, then they did not but again realised that the Congress was the right party to rule over them so they voted for it again. He said, "People voted for us, then they didn't. But again they realised that we were right and they again voted for us. The same thing will be repeated now." Maken was addressing an election rally in South Delhi's Greater Kailash area. 
  • The Election Commission on Wednesday set aside fears about tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the Feb 7 Delhi assembly polls, saying that it has put in place elaborate administrative measures. "It is reiterated that the commission has put in place elaborate administrative measures and procedural checks and balances aimed at prevention of any possible misuse of procedural lapses," the commission said in a statement. "The EC has full confidence in the non-tamperability of ECI-EVMs and assures all electors of the country that EVMs used by the commission in elections are non-tamperable." 
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday asked AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal to explain his alleged nexus with tax evading companies, questioning the credibility of companies and individuals donating money to the AAP. The BJP released the seventh set of questions and party leader Nirmala Sitharaman asked AAP as to why it accepted money from the companies declared "defaulters" by the government of Delhi. The BJP leader said, "Why did you take Rs.2 crore from the directors of SKN Associates Ltd. which was declared a defaulter company by Department of Trade and Taxes of Delhi government."  
  • Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley said that it was a bluff from AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal to dare the government to arrest him. Jaitley, in an article on BJP's website, said that the AAP received black money from unlawful sources and wore a superficial garb of "honesty" under its sleeves. Jaitley wrote, "It disclosed the names of a large number of corporate entities from whom it received donations by cheques." AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal daring to arrest him over getting "black money" for party funds was "only a bluff and bluster exercise", he added.  
  • PM Narendra Modi said that for a strong nation there has to be a strong BJP government and maintained that an "unstable" government in Delhi would do no good. Modi stated that his ultimate mission was to bring development to the country and change the lives of Delhi's poor for the better. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the huge scores of crowd gathering in his rallies were a clear indication as to "the direction the wind is blowing". Modi invoked the Delhi voters to vote for BJP and elect it with full majority in Delhi. 
  • It is the last day of elections campaigning in Delhi ahead of the Feb 7 Delhi assembly polls and all the parties have intensified their campaign. The BJP high command has instructed all its candidates fielded in the 70 assembly constituencies to hold rallies and has asked workers to organise roadshows, public meetings and so on. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also going to hold a number of rallies and public meetings today. The campaigning will end at 6 pm on Thursday. Delhi will vote on Saturday, 7 February and the counting of the votes will done on Tuesday, 10 Februrary. 
Date: 04-02-2015
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for causing political instability in Delhi. Addressing a rally in Ambedkar Nagar of South Delhi, Modi said that AAP and Congress have ruined Delhi's development. Modi said that BJP's opponents could not digest the fact that a poor man's son became the Prime Minister of India. He said that his opponents resorted to 'white lies' against BJP and opined that the recent polls exposed those who tried to fool voters. Modi urged the Delhi voters to vote for BJP for overall development of Delhi as 'Development' was his only target. 
  • With three days left for the Delhi assembly elections, the TG-CICERO opinion poll projected the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) getting the highest number of seats (between 38- 46 seats) and the BJP between 19-25 seats in the 70-member house. According to it, the Congress would get between three and seven seats while the other parties would get between zero to two seats. It said that the AAP would get over 43 percent of the votes, the BJP over 35 percent of votes, the Congress 13 percent, down by over 11 percent votes, and the others eight percent votes, a slide of nearly four percent votes. 
  • A court asked Delhi Police to submit response to another complaint against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly asking voters to take bribes from other parties but vote for his party. Metropolitan Magistrate Richa Gusain Solanki sought a status report from police on a complaint filed by advocate Ikrant Sharma and posted the matter for Feb 21. Sharma alleged that making such a statement was not only against the model code of conduct but also measured to criminal offence because the accused (Kejriwal) was promoting and instigating the public to accept bribes from erring politicians. "Thus, the accused was not only promoting the offence but also spreading this message among the public. Hence, the act of the accused comes under the definition of criminal offences as mentioned in the Indian Penal Code," he said. 
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal challenged and dared the central government to arrest him if he was guilty of money laundering. Kejriwal attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a public meeting and said, "I challenge the government to arrest me if they have the courage." Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that a probe will be ordered into this. Kejriwal said that even his critics admitted that he was an honest man. "Even my worst critics, who may see a hundred faults in me, have never accused me of financial wrongdoing."  
  • The Indian National Congress (INC) tried to impress voters by making promises like providing shelters to the slum-dwellers of Delhi in the second part of its manifesto. The Congress promised cheap power and water in the first part of its poll manifesto. Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said that the capital would become free of beggars if the Congress was voted to power in the Feb 7 assembly polls. The party also vowed to make Delhi 'disabled-friendly'. 
  • Struggling with the accusations of funding by bogus companies, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday wrote to Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu and urged him to set up a special investigation team to probe funding of his party, the BJP and the Congress for the Delhi elections. In his letter to Justice Dattu, Kejriwal said that the party whose funding is found to be "wrong" should be de-recognised and action taken against its members. The Aam Aadmi Party supremo also wrote to Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and expressed hope that they will give their consent for such a probe in the interest of transparency and cleansing of politics. 
  • A mouthpiece of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said that Kiran Bedi was named the BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Delhi after party leaders received "adverse feedback" from the field about the BJP's Delhi unit. The mouthpiece also stated that there was great resentment amongst the Delhi BJP ranks when Kiran Bedi was designated as the chief ministerial candidate of the BJP. An article by the mouthpiece read, "The top BJP leadership after receiving adverse feedback from the field against the Delhi BJP, inducted Kiran Bedi and projected her as BJP's chief ministerial nominee." 
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party withdrew the word 'immigrants' from its vision document after it faced the heat from other political quarters. The Congress on Tuesday had attacked the BJP for referring to northeast people as "immigrants" in its vision document, and asked if the party considers people from the region like those from other countries. The BJP replaced the word with "brothers and sisters of the northeast are the pride of Delhi". Earlier, The Congress' campaign chief Ajay Maken, while releasing the party manifesto in Delhi, had said: "Does the BJP consider the northeast people like those from other countries? Does the BJP want to say that the northeast is not part of the country?" 
  • BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman asked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal whether the acceptance of black money as donations was a case of quid pro quo. The BJP raised the question as to why Kejriwal accepted the money as donation and why he could not track that the money was from illegal sources despite being an IRS officer himself. 
Date: 03-02-2015
  • Addressing an election rally in the Rohini assembly constituency area of West Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Congress party's existence is so negligible that no one takes it seriously. Referring to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi as 'Maa-Beta' (Mother & Son), Modi said that no one gives a damn to what they say nowadays. He attacked AAP as well, saying that the people of Delhi can not be fooled repeatedly. Modi invoked the Delhi voters by saying that the national capital needed a party with experience, hence they should vote for BJP only. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a sharpened attack on Congress and AAP while addressing a poll rally in Rohini of West Delhi. Modi said that the Congress had ruined Delhi's 15 years as it was big enough to cause great damage to the city. He referred to AAP as 'temporary' party which destroyed a year, and now it was BJP's responsibility to repair the damage done by the two previous ruling parties in the past 16 years. Modi urged the Delhi voters to vote for BJP and elect it to power for overall development. The PM also said that it was time for BJP to payback for the love it has been given by the people of Delhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. 
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) denied the allegations that it received money from bogus companies, as claimed by AAP Volunteer Action Manch (AVAM). A statement released by the AAP said, "The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and some mysterious fronts created by it close to the Delhi assembly elections have unleashed a malicious and false propaganda on the funding of the AAP." "Since Monday morning, a defamatory smear campaign is being run against the AAP to confuse the people and divert attention from important issues concerning the people of Delhi," the statement added. 
  • The BJP on Monday slammed the AAP for allegedly taking donations from "shell companies", after a group of former AAP volunteers alleged malpractice in donations received by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party. "Four fake companies, with same directors, and made within a period of 10-11 days, donated Rs.50 Lakh each to the AAP on the same day," BJP leader Piyush Goyal said. "These companies did not have any profit. According to laws, a company can donate only 7.5 percent of their average annual profit plus tax for three years as political donation," he said. "When they have no profit, how can they donate money," the union power minister asked. 
  • A breakaway group of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed that the party received money from bogus companies and was involved in money laundering. A member of the AAP Volunteer Action Manch (AVAM), Gopal Goyal said, "There have been four donations each of Rs.50 lakh by four bogus companies (to the AAP)". The man claimed that the donated amount of a total of Rs. 2 crore was delivered to AAP on April 5 at midnight and the companies donating the money were bogus. 
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its much awaited 'Vision Document' on Tuesday in New Delhi. The Delhi unit chief of BJP, Satish Upadhyay and BJP's chief ministerial candidate Dr. Kiran Bedi released the 270 point document. The BJP has set issues like women safety, water & electricity, road safety and development on top priority. The party has put emphasis on 'good governance' as well. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated in one of his recent poll rallies, the 'Yamuna Rejuvenation' will also be an agenda. The document also includes the point of transforming Delhi into a 'Global City', as the 100 Smart Cities drive will start from Delhi. The BJP has also vowed to regularise a large number of unauthorised colonies 
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has hurled five more questions at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday. Amongst them are questions meant for AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal asking him to clarify his party's association with undeground and overground Naxals, refering to Binayak Sen who is convicted by court for his Naxalite activities and is an important member of AAP. Second question asks Kejriwal to reveal his relationship with private electricity companies who AAP provide with subsidies and then asks for audits to fool the voters. The BJP has also asked as to why AAP and Kejriwal disrespect institutions like courts, Election Commission and the media. While refering to AAP's candidate from Okhla assembly segment Amanatullah Khan, the BJP has said that the man is a close aid of the conspirators of 2008 Delhi and Ahmedabad bomb blasts, so why has AAP given him a party ticket? The fifth question asks Kejriwal as to why he fools traders of Delhi by claiming that no raids took place during his 49 day long regime, whereas a total of 151 raids did take place. 
Date: 02-02-2015
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday denied having made any caste reference in an election advertisement that insulted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal and accused AAP of giving it a religious and castiest connotation. BJP leader Piyush Goyal said in New Delhi on Monday, "It is extremely sad that certain political parties are trying to convert a political statement. An expression, used to represent that political party's ideology, has been sought to be converted on religious ground." He further added, "This is a political commentary on their (AAP) ideology, that is anarchy. The term has been metaphorically used but it is being twisted and misused by the AAP." 
  • The hearing for a criminal case against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal will be held on Tuesday in Delhi's Tis Hazari court. The case is filed against Kejriwal for his infamous "bribery" remarks. The Metropolitan Magistrate Richa Gusain Solanki was on leave on Monday, so the hearing was postponed for a day.  
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to approach the Election Commission against the BJP advertisement insulting the party. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet, "What has happened to the BJP, first they targeted my children, but I tolerated it. Annaji has said that we must have capacity to tolerate insult, In social life, I never complained against personal insult. But this advertisement crosses the limit. They are calling the whole Agrawal caste destructive. They say I belong to a destructive sub-caste." 
  • The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal responding to a plea filed by Congress leader Kiran Walia. In her plea, Mrs. Walia had questioned the legitimacy of Kejriwal's candidature from New Delhi as he was a resident of Uttar Pradesh. Kiran Walia and Arvind Kejriwal are contesting the New Delhi assembly seat. 
  • Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi, in one of her rallies, hit out at PM Narendra Modi for only "being vocal and doing nothing". She alleged that the BJP and AAP were handled by the RSS and had no other job than opposing the Congress. 
  • Aap and BJP are "doing nothing" and are busy doing "sloganeering and dharna", alleged the UPA president Sonia Gandhi launching a scathing attack on the parties. She added, "The country cannot be run by sloganeering. Work, and not hollow speeches, would take the nation forward." 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the voters of Delhi to give clear majority to his party BJP in the upcoming assembly polls. He said that the people should not deliver a fractured mandate this time around. Modi said that Delhi was capital of the country and even small activity has an impact. He said that he was indebted to the people of Delhi for their support in the Lok Sabha elections.  
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the voters of Delhi to elect a BJP government that could work in harmony with the central government. Modi was addressing an election rally in the Dwarka assembly constituency area on Sunday. Modi lashed out at AAP and Congress for making ''false promises'. He said that the Delhiites should not vote again for a party which stages agitations all the time.  
  • The assembly polls of Delhi are being seen as a direct face-off between the BJP and the AAP. The Congress seems almost out of the race ever since the campaigning for the polls started. The Congress could win only 8 seats in 2013 as compared to 43 in 2008. The Delhi electors will exercise their franchise on 7 February, while the counting of the votes will be done on 10 February.  
  • Sonia Gandhi, in an election rally in the capital, alleged that the policies of the BJP led central government were anti-farmer. She said that the Manmohan Singh government made strong laws for the people and ensured welfare of government servants. "Farmers are struggling to get fertilizers and seeds for their crops. We took many steps to empower the poor of the nation, but today the Modi government is weakening these acts to take away power from the poor," Gandhi said. 
  • Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that her party will create an 'atmosphere of development' in Delhi if voted to power. Mrs. Gandhi accused the BJP and AAP of making false promises and not delivering. Sonia Gandhi was addressing an election rally in New Delhi ahead of the Feb 7 polls. 
Date: 31-01-2015
  • Addressing an election rally ahead of the Feb 7 Delhi assembly polls on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Delhi will get its next Chief Minister from Krishna Nagar constituency. Modi said this in reference to the party's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi who is contesting the elections from Krishna Nagar. Modi also said that Delhi gave BJP all the seven parliamentary seats that enabled Modi to become the prime minister. Modi said that he had come to Delhi to serve its people. He attacked Congress saying, "Delhi was denied water by Haryana even when Congress ruled over Delhi and Haryana at the same time. As soon as BJP came to power in Haryana, it opened the water gates for Delhi." 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the people of Delhi to vote for a BJP government as it can work in tandem with the centre. "Elect a government with whom I can work shoulder to shoulder towards making a positive difference in your lives," Modi said at a rally in east Delhi's Karkardooma. Making an indirect attack on the Aam Aadmi Party, he said: "People can make a mistake once, but not again and again. One year back, Delhi people had voted with dreams. "Last year, those whom you people voted, back-stabbed you and shattered your dreams," the prime minister said. "Delhi won't vote for betrayers," he added. Modi said that the entire world was watching the Delhi polls. "If India needs to be introduced to the world, then Delhi is the best place to showcase. "All events in the capital have an imprint on not only the country but the entire world. It represents India," he said.  
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a scathing attack on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) while addressing an election rally in the national capital. Modi said that the people of Delhi were betrayed by previous governments. He blasted AAP and Congress alike saying that the previous governments had shattered Delhi's dreams and got punished for that. The PM said that the Delhiites were stabbed in the back by the last government, by indirectly referring to AAP. Modi was addressing a huge crowd gathered at the Shahdara assembly constituency of East Delhi. 
  • BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday again attacked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in an election rally held in the Shahadra assembly constituency. Shah said that AAP does not practice what it preaches and was terrified of BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi's clean image. Shah hit out at the AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal saying that his politics was based on lies only. Amit Shah was addressing the gathering before Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the venue by a chopper. 
  • A total of 230 of the 673 candidates contesting for the 70 assembly seats of NCT of Delhi are billionaires. The Delhi Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), analysing the affidavits submitted by the candidates to the election authorities said that the Congress is patron to most of them with 59 candidates owning assets worth billions. The BJP follows Congress with 50 and the third in the list is AAP with 44. There are 28 billionaire candidates from the Bahujan Samaj Party. Of the 195 Independents, 27 are billionaires. 
  • Out of the 673 candidates in fray in the upcoming Delhi assembly polls, Manjinder Singh Sirsa of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is the richest. He has got his assets valued worth Rs. 239 crore, he declared this in his affidavit filed with the Election Commission for the Delhi elections. Sirsa is contesting the Feb 7 polls from Rajouri Garden assembly segment. 
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded most number of candidates with a criminal background in the forthcoming Delhi assembly polls. Amongst all the parties, the BJP stands ahead of all with 27 candidates who have criminal cases against them, the Delhi Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms told on Friday. The Bharatiya Janata Party also tops the list in the category of serious criminal cases, with 17 of 69 party candidates analysed, said the think tank. The party is contesting on all 70 seats. Of the total 673 candidates contesting the elections, 114 candidates or 17 percent face criminal cases. Seventy-four of these 114 have declared serious criminal cases against themselves. The BJP is followed by the AAP, which has 23 candidates charged with criminal activities, while 11 have been slapped with serious crime cases.  
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) attacked the Congress for promising reduction in electricity tarrifs and said that this means that the party betrayed the people of Delhi during its rule. A party leader said, "Congress says it will bring down electricity tariffs. It is a confession that the party betrayed the people of Delhi during its 15-year rule. It now clear that the agenda set by AAP has rattled all political parties."  
  • Kejriwal hit out at BJP during the press conference saying that the BJP has not delivered what it promised and that is the reason why it is not releasing its manifesto. He also said that the CM candidate for BJP, Kiran Bedi, is not aware of the problems of the Delhiites.  
  • AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said in a press conference in New Delhi that the issue of women safety in the city is on top priority for the party and any crime done against a woman will be severely dealt with and the perpetrator will be brought to justice in no time. 
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday released its elections manifesto for the Delhi assembly polls. The party released a 70 point blue print with plans to turn the national capital into a global city. The manifesto primarily focuses on women, youth and rural votes. AAP has prepared the manifesto based on the issues emerged during the 'Delhi Dialogues'. The party has promised 8 lakh new jobs, 30,000 beds in hospitals, 20 new colleges, education loans to all needy students, CCTVs and WiFi in public areas, reducing electricity bills to half and free lifeline water. 
Date: 30-01-2015
  • Vice-President of the Indian National Congress, Rahul Gandhi, tried to put Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the dock while addressing an election rally in the Seelam Pur are of east Delhi. Rahul said that the PM and his government failed to bring back the Black Money and Modi was wearing expensive personalised suits. "He (Modi) said that he would bring back black money stashed abroad and deposit Rs.15 lakh in the bank accounts of each one of us. But did you get any Rs.15 lakh? He has money to wear suits worth Rs.10 lakh, which clearly indicates how much he thinks for the poor people," he said. 
  • The assembly polls in Delhi are nearing and three main political parties in the fray - the BJP, the Congress and the AAP - stepped up their campaigning. In fact, the BJP held over 16 rallies on Thursday. The national capital will head to the polls on Feb 7 and votes will be counted on Feb 10. While BJP chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi is aggressively campaigning across the length and breadth of the city, Prime Minster Narendra Modi will address four rallies starting from Jan 31. The BJP has engaged in its central ministers to campaign for the party.  
  • The Bharatitya Janata Party plans to put a number of questions in front of Kejriwal everyday in the run-up to the Delhi assembly elections on Feb 7. BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that his party will ask Kejriwal five questions every day till Feb 5, starting with the Aam Aadmi Party's decision to join hands with the Congress to form the government in Delhi. "Where were his moralities when he joined hands with the Congress to come to power in Delhi?" Rudy said, putting out first of the five questions. 
  • The Aam Aadmi Party, on Friday, rejected the five questions asked by the BJP. The AAP termed the questions as "old and boring" and claimed that the party was "panicking". The BJP on Thursday had asked AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal why he took support from the Congress to form a government and why did he seek facilities. 
Date: 29-01-2015
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP's star campaigner, will address four election rallies in the National Capital ahead of the Feb 7 Delhi polls. Modi will hold the public meetings on 31 January, 1 February, 3 February and 4 February. Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay added that every day till Feb 6, the party will ask five questions to Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal. The electorate of Delhi will cats their ballot on 7 February, while the counting of the votes will be done on 10 February. 
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party will not release its manifesto for the upcoming Delhi assembly elections but a 'Vision Document' will be released by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party's CM candidate Kiran Bedi, senior party leader Anant Kumar said. Anant Kumar said, "The BJP will not have a manifesto for Delhi. We will have a vision document which will be released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kiran Bedi." 
  • An Election Commission official said that the matter of Kiran Bedi holding two voter Id cards was being investigated and it would take necessary action after ascertaining whether Bedi had filed a request to cancel one of the cards. Voter Id card number SJE0047969 is issued on Bedi's Talkatora Lane address while the Uday Park address bears the card number TZD1656909. Meanwhile, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader said that it was for the poll panel to sort out the matter. "Maybe, there is some confusion or mis-communication but it is for the EC to look into the matter," said the leader. 
  • Kiran Bedi, the chief ministerial candidate of BJP, has two voter identity cards from two different addresses, as the Election Commission records suggest. An evaluation of the electoral roll on the website of the Election Commission shows that Bedi has two different Voter Ids from 2 Kothi, near Talkatora Stadium, Talkatora Lane, and 56, Uday Park.  
  • The Congress has promised houses to the slum dwellers of Delhi, if elected to power in the upcoming elections. The chief of Congress's Election Campaign Committee Ajaya Maken told this a day after party vice-president Rahul Gandhi had advocated the right to shelter for the poor. Maken said, "If we come to power, we will pass a bill in the assembly which will benefit all the slum dwellers of the capital. This bill will ensure multi-storey flats of 25 to 40 square metre area to every family living in slums." 
Date: 28-01-2015
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashish Khetan raised doubt over Obama's visit. "This reflects the restlessness and helplessness of BJP. They now feel that if they are not garnering support from other quarters", Sanjay Singh of AAP said.  
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) criticised BJP chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi for making reference to the US President Barack Obama's visit in her speech on Wednesday. Bedi was in Krishna Nagar, the constituency she is contesting from when she held the union government's efforts in praise for giving a boost to the ties with the US. She said, "We want a Delhi where we can live to the highest point along with the entire nation. Today President Obama's visit has made India fly, isn't it? India now looks like the number one country in the world." 
  • Former chief minister of Delhi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal would bring the elusive Jan Lokpal bill in Delhi, if elected to power. He said that his party is still committed to pass the anti-graft legislation in the city. "Media kept saying that we forgot Jan Lokpal bill, but we were waiting for the end (of campaigning). It (the bill) is the only way to remove corruption" he said while addressing a gathering in East Delhi. 
Date: 27-01-2015
  • Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday promised electricity and water at the lowest possible rates for the people in Delhi. "We have three promises. We will provide electricity and water on the lowest rate, will make contract workers permanent, and give right to shelter to the people of Delhi," he told reporters after a roadshow in New Delhi. Gandhi also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of indulging in his own PR (Public Relations) and doing nothing for the people. He said, The NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government came to power in May (2014). The prime minister has just been doing his personal PR, but no concrete work has been done, People are asking when will you (Modi) stop talking and start working? There is favouritism for some, and nothing is being done for the poor." 
  • The president of the Delhi BJP, Satish Upadhyay said, "He has been making frivolous accusations against other parties and individuals so that he can mislead the people. We have urged the EC to take immediate action against him and to cancel his candidature as well as ban him from addressing public rallies." The complaint made by the BJP to the EC comprised 4-5 violations of Model Code of Conduct committed by Kejriwal. 
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has appealed to the Election Commission of India to cancel the candidature of AAP chief and its CM candidate Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi unit of the BJP has accused Kejriwal of violating the Model Code of Conduct and asked for a ban on him from addressing public gatherings.  
  • The Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal received yet another legal notice on Tuesday. Kejriwal's arch-rival in the upcoming Delhi assembly elections Kiran Bedi, this time, has sent a legal notice to him. In her notice, the BJP CM candidate Bedi has accused Kejriwal of defaming her. Bedi's notice referred to the various posters put up on the auto rickshaws depicting Arvind Kejriwal as "Imaandar" (Honest) and Kiran Bedi as "Avsarvadi" (opportunist). 
Date: 24-01-2015
  • The Indian National Congress (INC) released the first part of its manifesto on Monday, in which it promised cheap electricity and waiver on inflated water bills. Congress Delhi unit chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said, "Power would be provided at Rs.1.50 per unit for up to 200 units. And those who consume power above 200 units would get 50 percent subsidy on their bills."  
  • BJP reacted to allegations that Kiran Bedi was a BJP mole in the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement led by Anna Hazare, saying that the Congress and AAP were utterly confused. The BJP alleged that both the party had no explanation to whatever they said. Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas had made a statement on a TV show that "Bedi and V.K. Singh were inclined towards the BJP" while working with the IAC. 
  • The Election Commission issued a second notice to the former chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal over his infamous "bribe for votes" remarks. The poll panel, observing that his comments were a violation of the model code of conduct, sought an explanation from Kejriwal to clear his stance regarding alleged comments. "The commission has noted with concern that a similar statement was made by you earlier also on on Jan 18." "The commission is prima facie of the opinion that by making the aforesaid statements you have repeatedly violated the above said provisions of the model code of conduct," the notice said.  
  • The Election Commission of India censured AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal over his accusations that the BJP was behind increasing communal intolerance in Delhi. The poll panel, which had issued notice to Kejriwal on Jan 17 following a complaint by the Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay, said that the Aam Aadmi Party leader's comments violated the model code of conduct.  
  • The chief of the Congress Campaign Committee Ajay Maken alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal and BJP's CM candidate Kiran Bedi were befooling people. Maken also alleged tha the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement was a planned conspiracy against the then incumbent Congress. He played clippings of a TV channel before the journalists, showing how AAP leaders like Kumar Vishwas and others were revealing the "truth and the real intention of Kejriwal and Bedi, who were then projecting themselves as the crusaders against corruption." 
Date: 23-01-2015
  • The BJP will release its manifesto for the February 7 Delhi assembly polls after the Republic Day, the president of the Delhi unit of the party Satish Upadhyay said. "It may come out on Jan 27 or 28," he said. Delhi will go for polls on February 7, while the results will be announced on January 10. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be seen campaigning for BJP, as usual, ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi. The Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay told reporters that the PM will be addressing around 4-5 rallies in the city. He said, "Modi-ji has a busy schedule but we sought his time and he will be addressing four or five rallies in Delhi." Though, Upadhyay was uncertain about the dates and venues of the rallies to be held. Modi had launched BJP's campaign in Delhi when he held an election rally in the 'Ramlila Maidan' on 10 January. 
  • BJP president Amit Shah lashed out at the opposition in his address of a media conference in New Delhi saying, "Politics of falsehood will not succeed in Delhi and we shall gain two-thirds majority by virtue of our achievements." Amit Shah urged his party workers to visit at least 30 families a day. Shah said, "If we have to win the elections, then our organisation at the booth-level should be very strong. We should contact 30 families every day and request them to vote for BJP." 
  • The BJP is sure of a landslide victory in the upcoming Delhi elections. BJP's nation president Amit Shah said that his party would get two thirds majority in the polls. He said this while addressing a press conference in east Delhi along with party's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi.  
  • As per the statement issued by the Election Commission, nominations of 230 candidates were cancelled after scrutiny. The reason behind the cancellation of nominations was either wrong documentation or ineligibility. A total of 923 candidates had filed their nominations by 21 January. The last date of withdrawing nominations is January 24. Delhi goes for polls on 7 February, while the votes will be counted three days later. 
  • The electorate of Delhi will decide the fate of a total of 693 candidates on February 7. According to an Election Commission of India statement, 693 candidates are in fray for the elections. "After scrutiny, a total of 693 (candidates) are left in the fray for the Delhi assembly polls," the statement said. 
Date: 22-01-2015
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal defended his statement in which he asked the people of Delhi to accept bribe from other parties but not to vote for them. He said that this would ultimately result in cleansing of politics. He said, "The biggest problem is that these parties use black money to give bribe, distribute alcohol, and buy tickets. I am saying take money but don't vote for them. This is not bribery." While talking to the reporters in New Delhi Kejrwal said, "In a few days these parties will realise you don't get votes by distributing money. This is how cleanliness will come in politics. So I am saying, take the money, don't vote for them, in a few days these parties will realise that there is no point in giving money, votes cannot be bought anymore." 
  • One of the founding members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Shanti Bhushan hailed BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi as possibly better option for the Delhi CM's post. Bhushan said, "Kiran and Arvind were both part of the Anna movement, it is definitely a master stroke by the BJP because it is a success of the Anna movement. People want somebody to be the chief minister who has an honest image...If a person who is a crusader against corruption becomes the chief minister, people will be happy." He added, "Perhaps she would make a much better chief minister..." Bhushan was part of the Jan Lokpal movement and India Against Corruption led by social crusader Anna Hazare. 
  • Congress's Chief of Election Campaigning Committee in Delhi Ajaya Maken is ahead of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi in terms of the monetary value of the assets they own. Ajay Maken own assets worth Rs. 13 crore. The value of Kiran Bedi's assets was Rs. 11.65 crore while Arvind Kejriwal declared that his assets were worth Rs. 2 crore. The three candidates made the declarations in their affidavit to the Election Commission while filing their nominations for the Delhi elections. 
  • Arvind Kejriwal, the Aam Aadmi Party chief, slammed Kiran Bedi for putting a BJP scarf around the statue of freedom fighter Lala lajpat Rai in New Delhi. He asked her to "spare freedom fighters". Bedi, in return, defended her act as her way of paying respect to the freedom fighters. 
  • BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi found herself in the midst of a controversy when she put a BJP scarf around the statue of freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai in New Delhi. Bedi did this during a roadshow in the city before filing her nomination from the Krishna Nagar constituency of the assembly. 
Date: 21-01-2015
  • The Chief Ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kiran Bedi filed her nomination on Wednesday. Bedi filed her nomination papers at the Sub-Divisional Magistrate office in Krishna Nagar, the seat she is going to contest. Kiran Bedi was accompanied by senior party leader Harsh Vardhan, who won the same seat five times. Also accompanying them were senior member Vijay Goel and BJP Delhi president Satish Upadhyay. "I hope people will accept me and vote for the BJP," Bedi told reporters before filing her nominations. While Harsh Vardhan said: "I am sure that Bedi will win from the seat. The party is fighting collectively." 
  • Congress's chief of Election Campaign Committee in Delhi Ajay Maken has expressed his readiness to go ahead with Arvind Kejriwal's challenge of an open debate. "Let's debate and face questions on how to fix the problem of power shortage in Delhi... How to fix water and transportation problems and corruption," Maken said in his Sadar Bazar constituency. "I challenge them all. After listening to our debate, let the people vote for the candidate whose vision they like the most," he added.  
  • The BJP has also released the final list of four candidates for the Delhi elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party decided to field Sanjay Singh from Vikaspuri, Sarita Chadhury from Mehrauli, Rakesh Gulia from Greater Kailash and Nandini Sharma from Malviya Nagar. The BJP had named 62 candidates on Monday.  
  • Four Akali Dal candidates filed their nominations for the February 7 bound Delhi assembly elections. Manjinder Singh Sirsa will contest from Rajouri Garden, Harmeet Singh Kalka has been fielded from the Kalkaji, Jitender Singh Shunti will contest from Shahdara, while Avtar Singh Hit will be contesting for the Hari Nagar assembly seat. 
  • Ruling in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal will contest the Delhi elections on four seats. Akali Dal's Delhi chief Manjeet Singh said, "The Shiromani Akali Dal will fight from four seats in Delhi as per the formula of our alliance with the BJP."  
  • The new Chief Election Commissioner H.S. Brahma said that the upcoming Delhi assembly elections are going to be a big challenge since they are the first elections of the year. He said, "Since Delhi assembly polls are the only electoral exercise taking place, the eyes of the entire world are focused on it. Delhi is the capital of India. Ruling Delhi has a separate meaning... It is a big challenge." Bhrahma was hopeful that the electorate of Delhi will vote wisely and elect deserving party to govern. 
  • Before filing his nomination on Wednesday for the Delhi elections, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said that the BJP has already given up and will put the blame of its loss in the elections on Kiran Bedi. Kejriwal said, "When they will lose in the polls, they will say that it was because of Kiran Bedi." The Aam Aadmi Party chief said that Bedi, who joined the BJP last week and has been declared its chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, has joined the party to be "trapped".  
  • Former chief minister of Delhi and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal filed his nomination on Wednesday. Kejriwal submitted his nomination papers at the Shahjahan Road Magistrate office, where the BJP supporters raised pro-Modi and anti-Kejriwal slogans. Kejriwal is going to contest the elections from the New Delhi assembly constituency against Nupur Sharma of BJP and Kiran Walia of Congress. 
Date: 20-01-2015
  • The Election Commission on Tuesday sent notice to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal to explain his comments by Thursday, for asking people to take bribe for voting. The Congress had filed an official complaint with the EC against the former Delhi CM's alleged remarks mad on Sunday. 
  • Former Chief Minister of Delhi and AAP convener launched a roadshow in the National Capital on Tuesday. Ahead of filing his nomination from the New Delhi assembly constituency, Kejriwal carried out a roadshow which started from the Valmiki Mandir in Central Delhi and ended at Jantar Mantar. Kejriwal, along with party member Manish Sisodia, waved to his supporters from atop a truck. Arvind Kejrwal is going to contest the New Delhi seat against Kiran Walia of Congress and young BJP leader Nupur Sharma. 
  • Jagdish Mukhi- Janak Puri; Bijender Gupta- Rohini; Surjit- Mangolpuri; Vinod Kumar Binny- Patparganj; Kulwant Rana- Rithala; Subhash Sachdeva- Moti Nagar; Azad Singh- Mundka; Anil Jha- Burari; Krishna Tirath- Patel Nagar; Rekha Gupta- Shalimar Bagh; Pawan Sharma-Uttam Nagar; Karan Singh Tanwar- Delhi Cantt; Jitendra Choudhary- Gandhinagar; Ramkishan Singhal- Adarsh Nagar; Mahendra Nagpal- Wazirpur; Rajesh Yadav- Badli; Naresh Gaur- Babarpur; SC Vats- Shakur Basti; Gopal Jha- Burari; Shyam Morwal- Ballimaran; Rajesh Gahlot- Matiala; Sardar R.P. Singh- Rajendra Nagar; Vikram Bidhuri- Tughlaqabad; Kiran Dahiya- Trilokpuri; O.P. Sharma- Vishwas Nagar; Sahib Singh Chauhan- Ghonda; Manoj Shokeen- Nangloi Jat; Suman Kumar Gupta- Chandni Chowk; Satprakash Rana- Bijwasan; MS Dheer- Jangpura; Sanjay Jain- Seelampur; Yogender Chandolia- Karol Bagh; Gagan Singh- Bawana; Praveen Jain- Sadar Bazar; Pradyuman Rajput- Dwarka; Ravinder Chaudhary- Kasturba Nagar; Rambir Bidhuri- Badarpur; Hukum Singh- Kondli; Jagdish pradhan- Mustafabad; Rekha Gupta- Shalimar Bagh; Rajeev Babbar- Tilak Nagar; Mohan Singh- Karawal Nagar; Vivek Sharma- Model Town. 
  • The BJP on Monday fielded a young party member Nupur Sharma to take on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi seat in Delhi assembly polls. The party's first list of 62 candidates included new entrants Kiran Bedi, Krishna Tirath and Vinod Kumar Binny. The list includes former union minister and Congress leader Tirath from Patel Nagar. Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi, a former IPS officer, has been fielded from Krishna Nagar, a "traditional" seat of the party. Binny, a former AAP MLA, will contest from Patparganj. He joined the BJP on Sunday. Nupur Sharma is to contest against Arvind Kejriwal from New Delhi constituency.  
Date: 19-01-2015
  • Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, who had joined the BJP less than a week back, will be the party's chief ministerial candidate in the Feb 7 Delhi assembly elections, taking on her former anti-corruption stir colleague Arvind Kejriwal of the AAP. She will contest from Krishna Nagar seat in east Delhi. It was earlier held by Harsh Vardhan, the chief ministerial candidate in the December 2013 elections and now a union minister. Making the announcement after the meeting of party parliamentary board, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah expressed confidence that the decision will result in the party getting full majority. "BJP parliamentary board has decided that the party will fight the forthcoming polls under leadership of Kiran Bedi. Kiranji will also be the chief ministerial candidate," Shah said at a late night press conference.

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  • The BJP inducted another recognised face of Delhi into the party fold on Monday. Former Congress leader Krishna Tirath has joined BJP officially. Before joining the party Mrs. Tirath met BJP president Amit Shah earlier in the day and this meeting made it clear that the former was going to join the party anytime. Krishna Tirath has served as the Minister for Women and Child development in the UPA government. 
  • Congress leader Arvinder Singh lovely denied reports of differences with former Union Minister and senior leader Ajay Maken. Lovely said that it was his pleasure to take up the organisational responsibilities during the elections. "There is no question of being upset, Ajay Maken was made the chief of the campaign committee on my recommendation. I feel thankful that my party thinks I can handle the Delhi election. Congress is bigger than Lovely and we need to win whole Delhi, not just Gandhinagar," he said. 
  • Arvinder Singh Lovely of Congress will not contest the upcoming Delhi assembly elections, a party statement said. Congress's in-charge of Delhi affairs P.S. Chacko stated, "The party has requested Lovely, candidate from the Gandhi Nagar constituency, to withdraw from the contest and look after the organisation of the elections." Lovely was named in Congress's first list of candidates and was amongst the eight party leaders who had won a seat in the 2013 elections. 
Date: 17-01-2015
  • Former Union Minister Ajay Maken of Congress has alleged that The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejrwal is misleading the people of Delhi by making false promises then reneging on them. The chief of Congress' Campaigning Committee Maken stated that Kejriwal had soon forgotten the promise of leading a life of a common man after being elected the Chief Minister of Delhi. " whether it was not using official car with blue beacon light, or taking security cover or big government accommodation" Maken said referring to a sworn affidavit filed by Kejriwal wherein he had made all these promises. Maken alleged that not only Kejriwal availed the official car with a beacon but even sought two houses with eight rooms after he became the chief minister of Delhi after December 2013 assembly elections. 
  • The newly inducted member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and former top Delhi cop Kiran Bedi told the party workers to "get into mission mode" and bring about a "social revolution" in the city. Beid said this at the party headquarters in New Delhi where she was felicitated by the party high command.  
  • BJP national president Amit Shah urged the Dalit voters of Delhi to vote for his party in the next month's Delhi assembly elections. He said, "BJP always takes an initiative for rights of poor people. I want your promise...ensure victory on all 12 reserved seats and put your effort to form the BJP government in Delhi". "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken several steps for the poor and backward people in the past seven months" he added. 
  • The Congress, on Friday, completed its candidate list by making six more names public for the Delhi assembly elections, one of which was senior party leader Kiran Walia who will contest the New Delhi seat against AAP's chief ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal. The Congress has now fielded its candidates in all 70 constituencies which will go for polling on February 7. 
  • Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejraiwal will have to fight out the political expertise of Congress' Kiran Walia in the upcoming Delhi assembly elections. The two will contest against each other from the New Delhi assembly seat. Though, Kejriwal seems to have an upper hand against Walia. Kejriwal had beaten the longest ruling Delhi chief minister Shiela Dixit for the same seat in 2013, while Kiran Walia had lost to Somnath Bharati at the Malviya Nagar seat. 
Date: 16-01-2015
  • A total of four people joined the BJP fold on Thursday. One of those is former Congress Councilor Rajesh Yadav from Pitampura while rest of the three formerly belonged to AAP. These are Shakil Anjum Dehlavi, who was the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Matia Mahal in the 2013 assembly poll, Farhana Anjum who had contested from Ballimaran and Ishrat Ali Ansari, who had contested the Krishna Nagar assembly seat. The BJP Delhi in-charge Prabhat Jha siad, "We have always been saying that there is new inclination towards the BJP and Prime Minister Narender Modi among the Dalits and minorities."  
  • Another former Transport Minister of Delhi, Ramakan Goswami, could not break into the new 15 candidate list released by Congress. He had lost in the Rajinder constituency in the 2013 assembly polls. This time around the party has fielded Brahm Yadav from the seat instead. Congress has now fielded 64 candidates for the 70 member assembly which goes for polls on February 7. 
  • Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of President Pranab Mukherjee, will be contesting the Delhi assembly elections. Her name featured in the list of 15 new candidates who will be contesting on Congress' ticket. Mukherjee will be contesting the Greater Kailash assembly seat of South Delhi region. She will be contesting against former Transport Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj of Aam Aadmi Party. 
  • Former Aam Aadmi Party member and 'media strategist' to India Against Corruption Sazia Ilmi has officially joined the BJP. On Friday, the party high command inducted her into the party fold in a formal ceremony held at the Talkatora stadium in New Delhi. The development came a day after former top cop Kiran Bedi joined the BJP ranks. In the past few days, a number of non- BJP and non political personalities have joined BJP, while more people are expected to get on board in the coming days ahead of the Delhi assembly polls. 
Date: 15-01-2015
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party played a master stroke on Thursday. It is official now that the former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has joined the BJP fold ahead of the Delhi assembly elections slated to be held in February. Bedi joined the BJP ranks by dialling the toll-free number started for the BJP's mass membership mission. BJP President Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were there to induct Kiran bedi into BJP. 
  • With its second list of 25 candidates released, the Congress has now made names for 49 of the 70 constituencies public. Ajay Maken has thrice been a member of the assembly in Shiela Dixit government and twice a parliamentarian. He lost the New Delhi parliamentary seat to BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi in the 2014 General Elections. 
  • Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Ajay Maken is all set to contest in Delhi assembly elections. His name was amongst those who were a part of the second list of Congress candidates for the elections. According to news reports, Maken will be contesting the Sadar Bazar seat. Ajay Maken is also the Chief of Campaigning Committee for the Congress. 
  • According to EC officials, three candidates filed their nominations on Wednesday for the upcoming Delhi assembly polls. An Election Commission statement said, "Nafe Singh, an independent candidate, filed his nomination papers from Burari assembly constituency while D.K. Chopra, also an independent candidate, filed his nomination from Mehrauli assembly constituency." Shyam Bharateey, A Gareeb Aadmi Party leader, has filed his nomination to contest from Uttam Nagar constituency. 
Date: 14-01-2015
  • Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal said that there has been a rise in the incidents of communal violence in the city since BJP assumed power in the centre. At a media briefing, Kejriwal said, "There was no political violence in Delhi until now. It is a peace-loving city. After the 1984 (anti-Sikh riots) there was no conflict between any community. However, the situation has changed since BJP came to power."  
  • The Aam Aadmi Party, on Wednesday, alleged that the BJP is trying to create communal tension in Delhi for political gains. The AAP also accused the party of vandalising a church in Vikas Puri in Delhi.  
  • Congress' newly appointed Campaign Committee Chief for upcoming Delhi Elections Ajay Maken has said that the Aam Aadmi Party is a 'trusted' party but not 'tested one. Maken said, "We (Congress) are trusted and tested. We have Kiran Walia, Arvind Singh Lovely, Yoganand Shastri and other trusted faces we want to present to the people (of Delhi)" Maken added while talking to the media in New Delhi. "AAP can be trusted but (it is) not tested." 
Date: 13-01-2015
  • The Aam Aadmi Party is quite confident of forming the next government in Delhi. AAP spokesman Raghav Chadha said that party chief Arvind Kejriwal will be the one who will be sworn in as the next Chief Minister of Delhi on February 14. "We are sure of getting a majority. The AAP is contesting election on a positive campaign and has a blue print for Delhi. On February 14, Arvind Kejriwal will be Delhi's Valentine and he will take oath as the chief minister," he said.  
  • The Election Commission of India believes that the campaign in Delhi is going to be 'very hectic' but, as the Chief Election Commissioner said, the EC would stick to the policy of ''Zero Tolerance" towards any kind of ''prohibited action or speech.'' CEC V.S. Sampath said this after announcing dates for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections. 
Date: 12-01-2015
  • The Election Commission of India has announced the dates for Delhi Assembly polls. The electorate of Delhi will cast their ballot on 7th February 2015. The polling will take place at 11,746 stations. The date of notification is 14 January while the last date for filing nominations is 21 January. The nominations will be scrutinised the next day on January 22. One can withdraw their nomination latest by January 24. The counting will be held and results for the elections will be announced on 10 February 2015. Around 1.30 crore people are eligible to cats their ballot in the elections. 
  • The political analysts and experts may not give Congress any chance in the upcoming Delhi assembly polls but Congress would not like to give up straight away. The Party high command has laid its hope on its champion face in Delhi Ajay Maken. Maken, former Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, has been chosen to lead party's campaign in Delhi. Speculations are also ripe that the ex MP might be fielded by the party in a key assembly constituency as well. 
  • Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday addressed a gathering at the St. Aloysius Degree College in New Delhi, where he said that the Delhiites wanted him and his party to regain power in the assembly rewarding the quantitative work that his party did in 49 day rule. 
  • Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal lashed out at BJP and made a mockery of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for referring to him as 'anarchist'. Kejriwal said, "The mood in Delhi is different from what it was a year ago. Though the Congress is nowhere in the picture, we are more popular than the BJP and ahead of it in public perception for the ensuing elections." 
Date: 10-01-2015
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the people of Delhi, said that it is his dream to provide every footpath dweller in the city with a home by 2022. Modi caught Aam Aadmi Party and its chief Arvind Kejriwal by neck without taking any names whatsoever. He said that the man has mastered the art of telling lies, blocking roads so let him do that and the people of Delhi should vote for BJP in the upcoming elections as BJP has a mastery over good governance. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his address at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi. Modi said that the 'Pradhan Mantri Jana Dhana Yojna' has done a lot of good to the poor. It has instilled faith in the poor to lead a prosperous life. Modi, in his address, promised 24 hour electricity and reduction in power tarrifs in Delhi if BJP is elected to power.  
  • Before Narendra Modi could start his address to the people of Delhi at the famous Ramlila Maidan, he was felicitated by the party national president Amit Shah. Before Modi, respective chief ministers of Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra were also feliciteated. CM of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar,chief minister of Jharkhand Raghubar Das and BJP supremo Amit Shah addressed the gathering.  
  • Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar, CM of Jharkhand Raghubar Das and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis were all felicitated by the BJP high command just before the commencement of PM Modi's rally at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu even addressed the crowd present at the venue as well. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the Ramlila ground, the venue for his major election rally ahead of the upcoming Delhi assembly elections. The top leadership of BJP is also sharing the dias with him as well. Party national president Amit Shah, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis are aslo present at the rally. 
  • Top BJP leaders like party president Amit Shah, Union Minister M. venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis have reached the Ramlila Ground in Delhi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is about to address a major election rally in short while. Though, the rally was scheduled to commence by 11 am today, but PM Modi is only expected to make it to the dias at Ramlila Ground around 12.30 pm. Close to 50,000 people from across Delhi and nearby areas have already gathered at the venue. 
  • According to a BJP official, 2,800 buses will bring the people from all over the city to the ground making it the biggest BJP rally in Delhi so far. Rekha Gupta, general secretary of the BJP`s Delhi unit said about the arrangements, "After being levelled, carpets will be laid all over the ground. We will have 50,000 chairs and there will be open space for sitting on the ground." 
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going to kick-start its campaign with a bang in Delhi as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing a major election rally in the capital today. The renowned Ramlila Ground, famous for grand public meetings, is all in readiness for the rally. Proper security arrangements have been made for a peaceful rally and traffic routes have been curtailed to avoid any inconvenience to the commuters. 
Date: 09-01-2015
  • BJP is going to kick-start its election campiagn in Delhi with a bang. BJP's backbone Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing an election rally in Delhi on Saturday. Modi's public meeting will be held at the famous Ramlilia Ground. This is BJP's or Modi's first rally in Delhi ahead of the 2015 Delhi assembly polls. The MCD workers and BJP memnbers were all on their toes ahead of the rally making arrangemnets for it. Newly elected Chief Minister of Jharkhand Raghubar Das, CM of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and Haryana CM Manohar Khattar will also be attending the rally. 
  • The dates for 2015 Delhi Legislative Assembly elections are going to be announced very soon. Speculations are ripe that the Election commission of India can announce the dates either on Friday itself or after PM Modi's election rally in the capital on Saturday. It is believed that the elections might take place somewhere around 2nd or 3rd week of February. 
  • The Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind kejriwal on Friday asked Prime Minister narendra Modi whether he would declare awarding Delhi full statehood in his elections rally in the capital on Saturday. Kejriwal tweeted, "Tomo Modi ji addresses Del. He had promised full statehood to Del. Will he announce that tomo? Or will BJP do a U-turn on this issue also?" Kejriwal said on Twitter. "Before polls, BJP announced 30% redn in elec rates. Delhi eagerly hoping that PM wud announce that tomo #DelhiasksPMModi, (sic)" 
  • Though the longest ruling chief minister of Delhi expressed her choice of offering support to AAP, but the Congress' Delhi chief P.C. Chacko did not agree with the former's remarks. Chacko described Dixit's statement as "her imagination which has nothing to do with the party". "Whosoever has said that doesn't matter. There is no question of supporting the AAP." 
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal reacted on former CM Shiela Dixit's statement about offering support to AAP in case of a hung assembly, saying that the Congress has conceded that the people of Delhi should vote for AAP instead of Congress.  
  • The Congress is ready to support AAP in Delhi if need be, former Chief Minister of Delhi Shiela Dixit said. She said that if there is a hung assembly in the upcoming assembly elections, the Congress would again chose to lend its support to AAP to facilitate the formation of government in the capital. 
Date: 08-01-2015
  • The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday protested in Gurgaon against the central government ordinance amending the Land Acquisition Act of 2013. The party workers protested in close proximity of the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) at mini-secretariat. Senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav led the protest. Farmers from nearby localities also joined in the protest.  
  • AAP has been able to attract donations from overseas as well. The United States of America is the country which has made the biggest contribution to the funds, after India of course, with Rs. 27,96,659. This is 6.4 percent of the total funds. While Singapore has come out to be the least contributing country with Rs. 3,96,070. AAP's target is to generate a total of Rs. 30 crore through this campaign. 
  • The Aam Aadmi Party made public the details of the funds raised from parts of India and abroad thus far through their official website. The national capital of Delhi has made the biggest contribution to AAP's total funds with Rs. 1,29,08,233. This is close to 38 percent of the total fund generated.  
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is gearing up for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections like no other. The unique fund raising campaign that the party has been running is bearing them fruits. The fund generated through hosting lunches and dinners amounts to Rs. 4.5 crores till now since it was started on December 23. 
Date: 07-01-2015
  • The Delhi High Court has directed the government to reply to Aam Aadmi Party's plea against the removal of its posters from the houses of willing citizens of Delhi. The AAP had filed a plea in the court seeking a direction for the police not to take off the party posters on pretext of the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property (DPDP) Act. 
  • Kejriwal, while talking to media in Delhi, said that the AAP had conducted an independent exercise to verify the voter's list in Delhi that resulted in the finding of 3,96,914 voters carrying 11,50,509 identity cards. Former CM of Delhi Kejriwal said, "This is a humongous figure. It means that each of these voters have three to four voter identity cards. Something needs to be done." 
  • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal accused BJP of Fake Identity card scam in Delhi. Kejriwal, in a press conference in Delhi said that there are around 8 lac fake voters in Delhi and the BJP is behind this act of forgery.  
Date: 06-01-2015
  • Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar said that the voting will take place in 11,763 polling stations in 2,527 units. According to the CEO the Matiala assembly constituency is home to the largest number of eligible voters which is 3,39,686 while only 1,12,739 voters make the Chandni Chowk assembly segment the smallest of all. 
  • The Delhi electoral roll includes a total of 1,30,85,251 voters overall, amongst these are 72,60,633 men and 58,24,618 women. Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar said that the first time voters account for around 1.31 percent of the entire electorate. "During the period of special summary revision-2015, total 1,59,854 new voters were added after publication of Draft Roll on October 15, 2014," Kumar said. The number of total eligible voters in 2013 assembly polls was close to 1.2 crore.  
  • Delhi is set to witness a prodigious number of first time voters in the upcoming assembly polls. According to the electoral roll released by the Election Commission, around 1.72 lakh voters, aged between 18 and 19, will be eligible to exercise their right for the first time.  
Date: 05-01-2015
  • In connection with the discrepancy and forgery in the Delhi electorate, an Election Commission official said, "After the receipt of verification reports, appropriate rectification has already been carried out. The Election Commission also allowed suo motu deletion after following due process of notice in cases which were found to be questioned after the field verification." 
  • A case of discrepancy and forgery has emerged with relation to the Delhi electoral roll. According to an Election Commission official around 90,000 multiple entries and 1,20,000 image forgery have been identified by the commission. 
Date: 03-01-2015
  • Suresh Bhardwaj, the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Wazirpur assembly segment has been stripped of his candidacy. Sighting negative reports against the former BJP member, the party has cancelled his ticket and has replaced him with Rajesh Gupta. A party statement said, "The party has dropped Suresh Bhardwaj from its list following some prima facie negative report received against him from the area. The party has replaced him with Rajesh Gupta, who will be the AAP candidate from Wazirpur." Suresh Bhardwaj was on Friday nominated by the party to represent it in the Wazirpur assembly seat. 
  • The Aam Aadmi Party has launched a funding campaign called 'I Fund Honest Party' in the wake of the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls. The AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal himself donated Rs. 10,000 to fund his own party and nominated 11 others, including his own family, to donate money. Launching the campaign Kejriwal said, "I am starting this campaign by paying Rs.10,000 and challenging 11 people to fund for honest politics. Unlike other parties we don't take money from those who take donations from people owning power discoms. Other parties take donations from them, but then they have to dance to the industrialists' tunes. We are taking money from people and we will work in the interest of the common public."  
  • Sourabh Bhardwaj, former BJP councilor, has been fielded by AAP from Wazirpur constituency. While the RK Puram assembly segment will see Pramila Tokas contesting the elections on AAP's ticket. Pankaj Pushkar is fielded from Timarpur, Chaudhary Goverdhan Singh will contest in Mehrauli. Whereas AAP will be represented in the Ambedkar Nagar and Adarsh Nagar constituencies by Ajay Dutt and Pawan Sharma respectively.  
  • The Aam Aadmi Party is all set to contest the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections on all 70 seats. The party has announced 8 more nominees to contest the elections completing its list of 70 candidates. Party's student wing Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti's president Sarita Singh has been fielded from Rohtash Nagar and Haji Yunus from Mustafabad are amongst those who have been named. 
Date: 02-01-2015
  • BJP's Delhi unit spokesman Harish Khurana said that the party depended on its hero Narendra Modi in the recent elections across the nation. He said, "He (Modi) is the captain of our team and we depend on him for our campaign." The three newly elected BJP chief ministers- Manohar Lal Khattar (Haryana), Devendra Fadnvis (Mumbai) and Raghubar Das (Jharkhand) will also be present at PM's rally on Jan 10 at Ramlila Ground, a party source said.  
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to launch BJP's campaign in Delhi for the upcoming elections. PM Modi will be addressing a rally on January 10 at the famous Ramlila Ground to counter the challenge posed by the Aam Aadmi Party, a party official said. 

Last Updated on: Jan 20, 2020

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