NEWS AT NINE.
- BJP records landslide victory in Rajasthan and Madhya
Pradesh assembly elections; retains Chhattisgarh with a slender margin.
- BJP also emerges as the single largest party in Delhi assembly elections; Aam Aadmi Party led by
anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal wins 28 seats, emerges as a Political
force in Delhi.
- Congress virtually routed in Rajasthan and Delhi. Three times Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit loses to Arvind Kejriwal by over 25,000 votes, resigns
as Chief Minister.
- Congress President Sonia Gandhi terms the results as
very disappointing and calls for deep
introspection within the party; BJP President Rajnath singh dedicates the
party's victory to the common
- IN CRICKET; Chasing a target of 281 runs set by South Africa, India
were 133 for 6 in 30 overs in the second
one dayer at Durban
when reports last came in.
The BJP has recorded a landslide victory in Rajasthan and
Madhya Pradesh and retained power in Chhattisgarh in the assembly
elections. Delhi has voted for a hung assembly. After
the Congress debacle, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and Rajasthan Chief
Minister Ashok Gehlot have resigned.
The BJP wrested power in Rajasthan from the Congress and
retained power in Madhya Pradesh by posting a two third majority in both the
states. After a sea-saw battle in Chhattisgarh, the BJP managed to cross the
magic mark of 45 seats to claim a majority. A remarkable change in the election
scenario however was witnessed in Delhi
with the debutant Aam Aadmi Party giving a tough battle to BJP and Congress. In
the final tally, BJP could manage 31 seats, five seats short of a majority and
the Aam Aadmi Party posted an impressive win of 28 seats. The ruling Congress finished with only 8
seats and Akali Dal, JD(U) and Independent with one each.
The two Chief Ministers of the BJP ruled States - Shivraj
Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh and Dr. Raman Singh in Chhattisgarh and
Congress ruled Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot have won. Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit however
lost to Aam Aadmi Party leader, Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi constituency. The BJP stalwart Dr.
Harshvardhan has won. The prominent losers in Delhi also include many cabinet Ministers.
They are : Kiran Walia, Ramakant Goswami and Dr.A.K. Walia. Delhi Assembly speaker Yoganand Shastri and
Aam Aadmi Party stalwart Shazia Ilmi have also lost.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that the results are
very disappointing and party needs to do
deep introspection. Briefing reporters in New
Delhi this evening, Ms. Gandhi said that price rise
was an issue in this election and people
were unhappy, otherwise they would not have given such a mandate. She also congratulated the winners. On the Congress
Prime Ministerial Candidate for next general elections, she said, people need
not worry as it will be announced by the party at an opportune time.
For a national election, people
look at the person who is likely to guide them and govern them at the national
Level. The issue will be slightly different because at the state level issue
are localized, at the national level, they are national. People need not worry.
At the opportune time, the Prime Ministerial Candidate, the name of him, will
Party Vice President, Rahul Gandhi said that the election
results have given a message to the
Congress and it will transform itself to
stand up to the expectation of the
people. He also said the party need to move ahead and give serious space
to common masses. Mr. Gandhi said that Aam Aadmi Party's victory will force all
the mainstream parties to think of politics in a new way.
Political parties today are not
giving adequate voice to the man on the street and it is our job, as the
institutions of the voice of people to do that. I am going to put all my
efforts in transforming the organization of the congress Party, together with
the leaders of the Congress party and give you an organization that you can be
Meanwhile, BJP President Rajnath singh has dedicated the
party's victory to the common people. Talking to reporters in New
Delhi, he said that the clean image of Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Delhi and senior party
leader Narendra Modi's influence must have impacted the results in all four states.
We have been benefited from the
popularity of our Chief Ministerial candidate but after whole analysis of the
results, we have reached a conclusion that in these elections, we have also
been benefited by the popularity of our Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra
Former BJP President Nitin Gadkari said that this time in
election, all states have rejected Congress.
This time, all states have
rejected the congress party. The Mandate is against corruption, Price rise and
congress mis-governance. These elections prove that BJP and Narendera Modi
leadership has been accepted by the country.
Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal has attributed
his victory to the people of New Delhi Constituency. He said, this is the victory of democracy. The debutante Aam Aadmi
Party which has registered a historic win, defeating several political
heavyweights of ruling party and opposition with its convener Arvind Kejriwal
pulling off a major upset against three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit, defeating her with a thumping margin of over 25,864 votes in New Delhi
constituency, attributed its victory to the people of Delhi. Addressing media
persons, Mr Kejriwal said, the Delhi
results are historic and it is the victory of people and democracy.
The results today show that people
people are fed up of BJP, Congress and their corrupt politics. If these parties
did not change them then people will
Mr. Kejriwal said, his party will sit in opposition and
play a constructive role instead of seeking support from any party to form the
In Rajasthan, the BJP has won 162 seats in the 199
constituencies that went to polls. The Congress has won 21, the National
People's Party, NPP-4 and Bahujan Samaj Party -3. Independents and others have
won nine. The NPP Chief Kirorilal Meena has won Lalsot seat but lost
Savaimadhaopur. Prominent losers are Cabinet Ministers Shanti Kumar Dariwal, Bharat Singh, Harjiram Gurdak,
Hemram Chaudhary, Jitendra Singh, Bharat Kishore Sharma, Rajendra Pareek, Bina Kak and Virendra Beniwal. Assembly
Speaker Deependra Singh Shekhawat,
Deputy Speaker Ramnarain Meena,
Chairman of National Commission for Women, Mamta Sharma all from Congress party have also lost. BJP's
Chief Ministerial candidate Vasundhara Raje said that the people of Rajasthan
have voted against non-governance of the Congress.
people of the Rajasthan were tired of the non-governance of the Congress. I think that it depends on what exactly it is
that people want. All I can say, I am
going to look forward to doing some good work to put Rajasthan back on its feet
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that we sought
peoples mandate on the issue of development but we failed.
We tried to make development as an
issue in Rajasthan, but we failed.
This is for the first time in the
electoral history of Rajasthan that any political party has got such a huge
mandate. BJP which has three fourth of the seats to its credit, has been
successful in throwing away many congress stalwarts out of the fray. Most of
the BJP candidates have won by huge margins. Ghanshyam Tiwari of BJP has
created a record by winning by a margin of more than 62,000 votes. Pratap Singh
Singhvi and Vasundhra Raje have also won by more than 60,000 votes. The main
highlight of this election is that Congress has failed to open its account in
many districts of the State. This unprecedented victory of BJP could be
attributed to price rise, corruption,
bad governance and local political equations. With Anurag Vajpeyi and
Murari Gupta, this is Prem Bharti, AIR News, Jaipur.
In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP has won 161 seats in the 230
member house, crossing the mark of 153 for a two third majority. The Congress
has won 58 seats and is leading in two, Bahujan Samaj Party won four seats and
others three. Results for four seats are yet to come. The prominent winners
include four Ministers - Vijay Shah,
Paras Jain, Jayant Mallaiya and Kailash Vijayvargiya. Leader of opposition Ajay
Singh bagged Churhat seat. However, three Ministers have lost the poll. They
are - Ramkrishna Kusmaria, Laxmikant Sharma and Ajay Vishnoi. Former Union
Minister Suresh Pachauri from Bhojpur also lost the election. Chief Minister Shivraj
Singh Chauhan thanked people for their support:
It is the victory of the trust of
people of Madhya Pradesh. It is the victory of their love and affection. I am
grateful to them and promise that we will leave no stone unturned in the
progress and development of the state and the welfare of its people.
State Congress Committee Chief Jyotiraditya Scindia has
called for major reconstruction and introspection in the Party.
It is very disappointing for us.
The very fact that we are just around the same level we were at ,in 2008, 65
seats. This calls for a major reconstruction and introspection of the party.
Bottom-up and Top-down both. This is not what we were expecting.
Despite the third record
consecutive victory of the BJP, more than half a dozen ministers of the state
cabinet lost the electoral battle. They include health education minister Anoop
Mishra, culture minister Laxmikant Sharma, animal husbandry minister Ajay
Vishnoi and agriculture minister Ramkrishna Kusmaria. More than eighty sitting
MLAs of both BJP and Congress bit the dust in the elections. The charisma of
Shivraj Singh Chouhan and welfare policies and programmes of his government
worked for the BJP. On the other hand, the main opposition Congress could not
put the BJP government in the dock on several issues including corruption.
Shariq Noor, AIR News, Bhopal.
In Chhattisgarh, the BJP has won 49 seats in the 90 member
assembly. The Congress has won 39, BSP-1 and others - one. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Punnulal
Mohile of BJP has won Mungeli seat. Other
BJP Ministers who have won are Rajesh Munat, Brij Mohan Agarwal, Amar Agarwal,
Dayal Das Baghel. Among the wining Congress candidates are- Renu Jogi wife of
former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, from Kota
and his son Amit Jogi from Marwahi.
Devati Karma, wife of late Congress leader Mahendra Karma, has been
declared elected from Dantewada. The
Ministers who lost their elections are - Ramvichar Netam, Nanki Ram Kanwar,
Chandrashekhar Sahu and Lata Usendi.
Speaker of the assembly, Dharamlal Kaushik and Deputy Speaker Narayan
Chandel have also lost. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that the win is in
support of the good work done by BJP Government:
The historic win in support of the
work we have done shows that people give vote in the name of development, and
work done in social sector and not on shouting slogans.
The neck and neck contest which
was on between Congress and BJP till the afternoon, has finally ended with
Bhartiya Janta Party stealing the show. Even the win on 8 out of 12 seats in
Maoist dominated Bastar which is being seen as the constituency that normally
plays a key role in forming government cannot rescued the main opposition
Congress. Whereas, despite losing 11 seats in three of the five divisions, BJP
has gained on two seats in two-Rampur and Bilaspur divisions which played an
important role in its victory. With Vikalp Shukla and Diwakar, this is Rajesh
Delhi has given a fractured verdict with no party getting
an obsolute majority in the 70 member assembly. Accepting the defeat, Delhi
Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit said she respects the verdict given by the
The people of Delhi have taken a decision. We respect and
we also thank to all the people of Delhi
for having supported the Congress
government for the last 15 years. What
has to be analyzed, will be done later.
The CPI(M) has said that the Assembly election results in
the four states are a reflection of widespread anger against the policies of
the Congress. Senior party leader Sitraram Yechury said that the BJP has gained from the benefit of the
people's negative vote against the
Congress. He said, wherever people had an alternative to the BJP and the
Congress, they voted in favour of those parties. Mr. Yechury said, those who
are projecting these results at the national level, must remember that these
states put together, send only 73 MPs in the Lok Sabha.
Counting of votes for the 40-member Mizoram assembly
election will take place from 8 AM tomorrow.
Polling in the state was held on November 25. State Joint Chief
Electoral Officer H Lalengmawia said that elaborate security arrangements have
been made in the 14 counting centres in the eight districts. A total of 142
candidates, including six women, are in the fray.
At Durban, chasing a target
of 281 in 49 overs, India
were 139 for 7 in 32 overs in the second
one dayer against South
Africa when reports last came in.