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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2766

Congress Routed in the assembly elections

By our special correspondent
New Delhi, 09 December, (

The Congress Party of India suffered a heavy defeat at the assembly elections held this week, when the results are released on Sunday.

The scale of the defeat is so critical that the 15-year reign of Sheila Dixit as the Chief Minister of Delhi came to a humiliating end at the hand of Arvind Kejriwal, civil engineer-turned anti-graft fighter when she lost her New Delhi constituency to Mr Kejriwal.

Mr Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, AAP, won 28 seats while pushing the ruling Congress party to third place in Delhi state:BJP won 31 seats while Congress only won just 8 seats.

In Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the defeat suffered by the Congress is all too obvious: BJP won 162 and 165 respectively whereas the Congress only won 21 and 58 respectively.

BJP, meanwhile, retained the control of the state of Chhattisgarh.

Sonia Gandhi, the president of the Congress Party, said she was extremely disappointed. She said that the Congress would accept the verdict of the people with humility. Mrs Gandhi, however, ducked the issue of the prime ministerial candidate of the Congress for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections against BJP strongman Narendra Modi.

The election resulted in the rise of new hero – Arwind Kejriwal. With the symbol of broom, 45-year old civil engineer took on the two major parties by contesting from a party that is just a year old. His emergence as a serious force in the main powerbase New Delhi in a matter of months has shocked the main stream parties as never before.

In Delhi, neither BJP nor the Congress is in a position to form a government without his participation.

- Asian Tribune -

Congress Routed in the assembly elections
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