The plight of Congress has been made more pitiable by debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal, which has made a dent in strongholds of the ruling party.
    
As per latest trends, BJP was leading in 35 seats followed by AAP which was ahead in 25 constituencies.
    
Congress, which has 43 seats in the current Assembly, was leading only in seven seats.
    
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is trailing behind Arvind Kejriwal (AAP) by over 10,000 votes in New Delhi constituency at the end of the third round of counting, according to Delhi Election Commission.
    
BJP's chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan was leading in his Krishna Nagar constituency by 3,000 votes, the Commission data showed.
    
All Congress Ministers including AK Walia, Kiran Walia, Harun Yusuf and Raj Kumar Chouhan were trailing in their respective seats, pushing the party's tally to the third place.

Sheila Dikshit resigns

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday sent her resignation to Delhi's Lt Governor Najeeb Jung after the Congress Party put up a dismal show in the Assembly elections. "We accept our defeat and we will analyse what went wrong," she said.

Asked whether she failed to read the public mood she sarcastically replied, "Bewakoof hai na hum?"

Dikshit, who is set to lose her seat to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, submitted her resignation to the Lt. Governor as vote count showed that the Congress may not win even ten seats in the 70-member assembly

The three-time Chief Minister’s resignation comes as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was set to return to power in Delhi after 15 years as counting took place for the Delhi Assembly polls.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has made its mark in Delhi, leading in 25 seat as per the initial trends; while it seems to be a disappointing day for three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as the Congress is almost out of the race.

The debutant AAP, which has a broom as an election symbol and was promising to sweep away corruption, is now in a direct contest with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that is ahead in 35 seats (as per latest report).

Congress surprised over results

Shocked at being relegated to the third position in the Delhi Assembly polls, the Congress said the outcome was "most surprising" while the mandate appears against the party in other states barring Chhattisgarh.
    
Party general secretary Shakeel Ahmed said that in Delhi the agitations on various issues helped the Aam Aadmi Party and BJP. Delhi had witnessed agitations on issues like Lokpal Bill and the December 16 gang-rape case where people turned out in large numbers against the establishment.
    
Replying to a question, Ahmed, who is in charge of party affairs in Delhi, said it was time for introspection for the party, especially in Delhi.
    
"We were not expecting these results. The reasons for this will be analysed," he said.
    
Congress has been in power in Delhi for 15 years now with Shiela Dikshit having the distinction of the longest-serving woman Chief Minister in independent India.
    
In the last Assembly polls, the Congress had won as many as 43 seats in the 70-member legislative Assembly and its fortunes have dwindled sharply this time with the party likely to get less than 10 seats.

JPN/Agencies

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