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Exit Poll Delhi Elections 2015
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Exit Poll Delhi Elections 2015

Voting for Delhi Assembly Elections 2015 concluded today as an unprecedented 67.21 percent voters turned out at the polling booths to elect the new government in the state. Except for few minor incidents, the polling was overall hassle-free. The counting of votes will be done on February 10.

As the voting ended, a number of exit polls came up to project the winning party. Today’s Chanakya, a political research organization that was most accurate in predicting the outcomes in Delhi Assembly polls 2013 and General Elections 2014, has prophesized a clear majority for Aam Aadmi Party. It predicts 42 to 54 seats for AAP, 16 to 28 for BJP, 0 to 2 seats for Congress, and 0 to 2 seats for Others.

Exit polls by ABP-Nielsen, Today-Cicero, IndiaTV-C Voter, etc. also projected a clear majority for Aam Aadmi Party. Taking out an average of such major exit polls, the stats come out as: AAP – 43, BJP – 26, and Cong – 1. Despite the unanimous projections, BJP leaders still seemed to be hopeful of a majority and urged the media to wait till the counting day. On the other hand, Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha expressed utmost disappointment as a party which might indicate an overhaul in its think tank and key positions in coming times.

Meanwhile, AAP’s CM candidate Arvind Kejriwal tweeted later in the evening that the party has ‘deployed volunteers to keep round the clock vigil on the premises housing EVMs.’ It should be noted that he had raised concerns over probability of tampering of the EVMs earlier and was reassured by the ECI.

In three days from now, the mandate of the people of Delhi would decide the destiny of the state and if the Aam Aadmi Party comes to power, the world would be watching over as expectations of good governance and a corruption-free state are set to soar high.

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President Kovind approves recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

In a quick follow to EC's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the disqualification

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20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
  • President Kovind approved the EC’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs
  • EC had recommended the disqualification on the charges of holding ‘Office of Profit’
  • Union Law and Justice Ministry has issued a notification regarding the disqualification

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit, an official spokesman of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan said on Sunday.

Following the approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act.

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These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons
Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

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The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution. (IANS)

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