Legislative Assembly elections were held in Delhi on 8 February 2020 to elect 70 members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly. Voters turnout was recorded at 62.59% which saw a decline of 4.88% from previous assembly election in Delhi but it is 2% more than the 2019 Indian general election in Delhi.The term of the current assembly elected in 2015 will expire on 22 February 2020. The Aam Aadmi Party, led by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal scored a landslide victory as it swept aside both BJP and Congress.
Out of the 70-member assembly, AAP won 62 seats. The BJP won eight seats, five more than its tally in the previous election. The Congress, which had failed to win a seat in the last election also, saw a dip in its vote percentage. AAP, which had won 54.34 per cent votes in 2015, came close to its past performance and secured 53.57 per cent votes. Arvind Kejriwal will take oath as the Delhi Chief Minister for the third time on February 16.
All sitting ministers in AAP government as well as the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly retained their seats in the elections. And all of them, except the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister, also recorded a rise in their vote share compared with the previous Assembly election. While some Ministers including Manish Sisodia, Kailash Gehlot, Satyendra Jain and Speaker Ram Niwas Goel emerged victorious in tight contests, all of them winning with a margin of less than 10,000 votes, others including Arvind Kejriwal, Gopal Rai, Rajendra Pal Gautam and Imran Hussain won their seats with comfortable margins of more than at least 20,000 votes.
Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia, encountered the largest drop in vote share of 4.31 percentage points from 2015, won after a neck-and-neck battle with the BJP’s Ravinder Singh Negi in the Patparpanj constituency.
Arvind Kejriwal blamed BJP’s hatred speeches and dividing politics for their defeat in elections and thanked voters of Delhi for giving his party another chance to serve Delhi.