In a triangular battle between the BJP, Congress and current CM Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, Delhi has been oscillating from one end to another in the past elections, defining the changing mood of the nation.
In the Lok Sabha elections 2019, much like the result of the General election 2014, BJP got a clean sweep in the National Capital and won all the seven seats. Seemingly, BJP's debutant and star candidate Gautam Gambhir won from the East Delhi against AAP's Atishi Marlena, with Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari winning the battle from North East Delhi against Congress Delhi chief Sheila Dikshit.
Taking to Twitter, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal said "The party fielded good candidates from Delhi, campaigned extensively in the elections, but the decision of the people is accepted. We will keep working for the people of Delhi."
A prestigious seat of power, Delhi significantly decides who will rule from National Capital. 2019 Lok Sabha elections witnessed high-pitched campaigning by CM and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal around the poll plank of ‘full statehood’ for the Union Territory and subsequent attacks at the Narendra Modi government for retracting on this promise. While Arvind Kejriwal tried every tactic possible to stitch an alliance with the Grand Old Party in order to cut the votes of BJP, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other senior party leaders chose against the alliance. As the campaign progressed, massive controversy broke between East Delhi contenders Atishi Marlena of AAP and BJP’s debutant cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, wherein the former alleged the latter of circulating derogatory pamphlets against each other.
Some of prominent newsmakers during the Lok Sabha elections from Delhi’s seven seats were BJP lawmakers Manoj Tiwari (North East Delhi), Harsh Vardhan (Chandni Chowk), Ramesh Bidhuri (South Delhi); former Delhi chief minister and Congress veteran Sheila Dikshit (North East Delhi), Congress leader Ajay Maken (New Delhi), cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir (East Delhi) from BJP, boxer Vijender Singh from Congress in South Delhi and popular AAP leaders Atishi (East Delhi) and Raghav Chadha (South Delhi).
All seven seats of Delhi went to polls in the sixth phase on May 12.
The past elections have witnessed Congress winning in Delhi which at one of the time was under three successive governments run by senior leader Sheila Dikshit from 1998 to 2013. However, in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP swept all seven Lok Sabha seats with a vote share of 46.40 percent. Notably, the BJP and the AAP gained from the loss of the Congress in the polls. Even after sweeping all seven seats in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the Grand Old Party suffered a huge loss of 42 percent vote share in the National Capital in 2014.
A year later, during the assembly polls, Delhi witnessed an anti-graft movement led by activist Anna Hazare against corruption following which Arvind Kejriwal was chosen as the Chief Minister, a big shocker not only for the Congress, but also for the ruling BJP. While it was widely perceived that it will be another victory for BJP in 2015 assembly polls, the AAP won 67 seats with an increased vote share of 54.2 per cent, leaving three for BJP and Congress drawing a blank. Amid the fierce battle between BJP and AAP, Congress suffered the maximum loss in terms of vote share which went downhill from 24.60 per cent in 2013 to only 9.70 per cent in 2015 assembly polls.
As per projections of Republic Double Exit polls, Delhi was predicted to witness another term from the BJP with the saffron party likely to single-handedly sweep the National Capital, according to CVoter. Jan Ki Baat Exit Polls predicted 1 or none seat for both Congress and AAP.