Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday won the Delhi elections, reducing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress to eight and eight and zero seats in the 70-member Assembly.
The largest margin of victory was in Burari where AAP's Sanjeev Jha secured 139,598 votes. Janata Dal (United) candidate Shailendra Kumar was the runners up with 51,440 votes, trailing Jha by 88,000 votes.
The smallest victory margin was also secured by an AAP candidate. Bhupinder Singh Joon retained the seat for his party with 57,271 votes, defeating a close second Sat Prakash Rana (BJP) ticket and secured 56,518 votes a difference of just 753 votes. AAP won in 5 of the constituencies in which the victory margin was the lowest.
In terms of vote share, while the AAP saw a marginal decline from 54.34 per cent to 53.57 per cent, the BJP’s share rose by 6 percentage points from 32.19 per cent to 38.46 per cent. The Congress’ vote share, meanwhile, plumbed further to 4.34 per cent from 9.65 per cent in 2015.
Business Standard takes a look at the five constituencies where the difference in vote share of the winning candidate and their nearest rival was the lowest:
1. Bijwasan Assembly Constituency
Winner: Bhupinder Singh Joon (AAP)
Winner’s vote share: 45.83 per cent
Runner-up: Sat Prakash Rana (BJP)
Runner-up’s vote share: 45.22 per cent
Defeat margin: 753 votes
Difference: 0.60 percentage points
The Bijwasan Assembly Constituency witnessed a neck-and-neck contest between AAP and the saffron party for 26 rounds before the AAP's Bhupinder Singh Joon emerged victorious. Joon defeated Sat Prakash Rana of the BJP by a thin margin of 753 votes. Of the 124,972 votes cast here, Joon secured 57,271, or 45.83 per cent. By comparison, the vote share of Rana (56,518 votes) was 45.22 per cent. The Congress' Parveen Rana managed to get only 5,937 votes (4.75 per cent).
2. Laxmi Nagar Assembly Constituency
Winner: Abhay Kumar Verma (BJP)
Winner’s vote share: 48.04 per cent
Runner-up: Nitin Tyagi (AAP)
Runner-up’s vote share: 47.40 per cent
Defeat margin: 880 votes
Difference: 0.64 percentage points
Laxmi Nagar was previously held by Tyagi, who had narrowly defeated the BJP candidate. However, the wind wasn't in his favour this time. BJP's Abhay Kumar Verma defeated Tyagi by a narrow margin of 880 votes. Of the 136,820 votes cast here, Verma secured 65,735, or 48.04 per cent. By comparison, the vote share of Tyagi (64,855 votes) was 47.40 per cent. The Congress' Hari Dutt Sharma had to settle with only 4,872 votes (3.56 per cent).
3. Adarsh Nagar Assembly Constituency
Winner: Pawan Sharma (AAP)
Winner’s vote share: 45.20 per cent
Runner-up: Rajkumar Bhati (BJP)
Runner-up’s vote share: 43.66 per cent
Defeat margin: 1,589 votes
Difference: 1.53 percentage points
In Adarsh Nagar, the AAP's Pawan Sharma defeated his nearest rival Rajkumar Bhati of the BJP by 1,589 votes. Of the 103,752 votes cast here, Sharma secured 46,892, or 45.20 per cent. By comparison, the vote share of Bhati (45,303 votes) was 43.66 per cent. The Congress' Mukesh Goel received 10,014 votes (9.65 per cent). In 2015 elections, he had defeated BJP's Ram Kishan Singhal and bagged 51.36 per cent of the votes.
4. Badarpur Assembly Constituency
Winner: Ramvir Singh Bidhuri (BJP)
Winner’s vote share: 47.05 per cent
Runner-up: Ram Singh Netaji (AAP)
Runner-up’s vote share: 45.11 per cent
Defeat margin: 3,719 votes
Difference: 1.94 percentage points
In Badarpur, the BJP's Ramvir Singh Bidhuri defeated his nearest rival Ram Singh Netaji of the AAP by 3,719 votes. Of the 191,460 votes cast here, Bidhuri secured 90,082, or 47.05 per cent. By comparison, the vote share of Netaji (86,363 votes) was 45.11 per cent. The BSP's Narayan Dutt Sharma got 10,436 votes (5.45 per cent).
5. Patparganj Assembly Constituency
Winner: Manish Sisodia (AAP)
Winner’s vote share: 49.33 per cent
Runner-up: Ravindra Chaudhary (BJP)
Runner-up’s vote share: 47.07 per cent
Defeat margin: 3,207 votes
Difference: 2.25 percentage points
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia was contesting against Ravinder Negi of the BJP and Laxman Rawat of the Congress. In the past (2013 and 2015), Sisodia won Patparganj assembly constituency by comfortable margins. In 2015, he defeated Vinod Kumar Binny of the BJP by a margin of 28,761 votes. However, this election witnessed a see-saw battle. After losing most rounds of counting, he finally pulled off a win by a margin of 3,207 votes. Of the 142,246 votes cast here, Sisodia secured 70,163, or 49.33 per cent. By comparison, the vote share of Ravinder Singh Negi (66,956 votes) was 47.07 per cent. The Congress' Laxman Rawat managed to get only 2,802 votes (1.97 per cent).