Following the trends that showed that Congress was facing a rout in the assembly, Dikshit conceded defeat sending her resignation to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and said the party will analyze what went wrong in the election.

As per results and trends, BJP was all set to get around 32 seats, while AAP whose entry in the fight added a third dimension to the otherwise two-sided contest, was likely to get around 27 seats.
    
"We accept our defeat and we will analyze what went wrong. We respect what the people of Delhi have decided and thank them for supporting us for last 15 years," Dikshit told reporters at her residence during a brief appearance after sending her resignation to Jung.
    
The three-term Chief Minister herself lost to Arvind Kejriwal by a huge margin of 25,864 votes in the New Delhi constituency in a shocking defeat.

Waving to throngs of cheering and dancing supporters at the party office on Hanuman Road in Connaught Place, Kejriwal, who briefly appeared at a first-floor window in the midst of his party's confabulation, said: "Yeh logon ki jeet hai (It is the peoples' victory."

As his supporters waved the broom, the party symbol, Kejriwal said he had always been confident of his party's victory.

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, standing next to Kejriwal, shouted into the mike "Bharat Mata ki Jai" and "Aam aadmi hain, hum aam aadmi hain (we are the common people)".

A number of Congress heavy-weights including cabinet ministers lost in the election as AAP, born following the civil society movement against corruption by Anna Hazare, made a strong dent into Congress' support base.
    
Meanwhile, BJP's chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan thanked people of Delhi for giving the party the maximum number of seats.
    
"I am confident that we will be able to serve the people of Delhi," he said, declining to take questions about the formation of next government as the party looked short of majority in the assembly.
    
Vardhan extended his wishes to Arvind Kejriwal of AAP and the outgoing Chief Minister.
    
"I will congratulate Kejriwal on the good show of his party against expectations. I will also offer my thanks to Dikshit for serving Delhi for 15 years," he said.
    
Vardhan won from the Krishna Nagar constituency with a whopping margin of over 43,150 votes.

In New Delhi constituency, Kejriwal pulled off a major upset against Dikshit, defeating her with a thumping margin of over 25,864 votes.
    
Making a brief appearance before party volunteers at his Hanuman Road office for the first time after the result was declared, he attributed his victory to the people of New Delhi Constituency.
    
"This is not my victory, it is a victory of people of New Delhi constituency and victory of democracy," he said after defeating Dikshit.
    
The volunteers, from 80-year-old Vijay Baba to six-year-old Ritul who had gathered outside his office, cheered and shouted slogans as soon as the announcement of his victory was made by AAP leader Kumar Vishwas.
    
Aam Aadmi Party has done virtually the impossible by turning the polls in the national capital into a triangular affair and relegating Congress to the third position.
    
A total of 810 candidates were in the fray in the Delhi polls held on December 4.
    
While BJP fielded candidates in 66 constituencies, Congress and AAP contested in all the 70 seats. BSP had fielded candidates in 69 seats, NCP in nine and Samajwadi Party in 27 seats.
    
The highest-ever voter turnout of 65.86 percent was recorded as Delhiites came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise on 4th December.

(Agencies)

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