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China Daily / 2020-02 / 14 / Page012

Modi's party stung in Delhi state election

By MANOJ CHAURASIA in Patna, India | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-02-14 00:00

India's ruling party suffered its third poll disaster since May although its national spokesperson said they fought in Delhi with all force and did its best.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, headed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, bagged only eight seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly to finish at distant second behind 62 seats won by the liberal Aam Aadmi Party, or AAP, led by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

What was further significant was that the AAP managed to get a lion's share of 53.57 percent votes, securing Delhi power for the third consecutive time. The Congress party which once ruled Delhi for 15 years got nearly 4 percent of the votes. The BJP failed to perform even though analysts said the Congress' vote share shifted to the BJP.

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