In an election that was billed as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the AAP tornado threw veterans of both BJP and Congress into the electoral dustbin in their traditional bastions. BJP leaders accepted the defeat as a "setback" but dismissed suggestions that it was against the Modi government's performance.
The AAP's feat was rarely achieved in any state in the past. Only once in 1989, the Sikkim Sangram Parishad had won all the 32 seats in the assembly.
Former Revenue Service officer Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP mascot who spearheaded the party's victory march, himself won the prestigious New Delhi seat by a margin of over 31,500 votes defeating the nearest BJP rival Nupur Sharma, a political novice. Former Minister and Congress veteran Kiran Walia came a poor third with 4,700 votes and lost her deposit.

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The BJP's humiliation was complete with its Chief Ministerial face Kiran Bedi losing in the traditional stronghold of Krishna Nagar which was long held by party veteran Harsh Vardhan. She lost by more than 2,000 votes.

Congress' CM candidate Ajay Maken also suffered a crushing defeat by a margin of over 50,000 votes at the hands of a novice from AAP Som Dutt in Sadar Bazar constituency and lost his deposit. Maken resigned as Congress General Secretary taking responsibility for the debacle.
Those who bit the electoral dust included BJP leaders Jagdish Mukhi, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri and Krishna Tirath who had defected from Congress on the eve of elections and Congress leaders A K Walia, Harun Yusuf, Chaudhury Prem Singh and Raj Kumar Chouhan, who are all ministers and Mahabal Mishra, a former MP.

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President Pranab Mukherjee's daughter Sarmistha Mukherjee also lost in her electoral debut on a Congress ticket in Greater Kailash.
Kejriwal will be sworn in as Chief Minister on February 14, exactly the day one year ago he stepped down after 49 days in office.
In an address to his supporters who danced and cheered outside the party headquarters day-long, Kejriwal cautioned against getting arrogant, saying if that happens, people will punish them in the next election.

Modi spoke to Kejriwal in the morning congratulating him on his victory and assured him of Centre's support for development in Delhi.
In all elections that followed the spectacular victory in the May Lok Sabha polls, the BJP formed governments in Maharastra, Haryana, Jharkhand and emerged the second largest party in Jammu and Kashmir with the highest vote share.

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The Delhi results today prompted some BJP allies and rivals to attack the saffron party. Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray tweeted that he agreed with Gandhian Anna Hazare that the election result was a defeat for Modi.

"Delhi has shown that tsunami is bigger than a wave...It is a message to those who lord over Delhi," Thackeray said.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, with whose party BJP has been having a running battle, said "arrogance and political vendetta have been defeated today" and that BJP's "balloon has burst".

She said, "Delhi election is turning point of present political situation. Shows political vendetta has no place in a democracy. Country needed this change."

Her party spokesman Derek O'Brien said the message from the Delhi polls was "Bhaag (run) Modi Bhaag".

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