Congress press conference after Delhi Assembly Polls| Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Congress press conference after Delhi Assembly Polls | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
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New Delhi: With the counting of votes for the Delhi assembly elections entering the final phase, the Aam Aadmi Party is all set to return with a thumping majority with the BJP a distant second. While the Congress party has repeated its performance from the last assembly election in 2015 and got zero seats, the party’s performance has worsened with respect to candidates holding on to their security deposits.

According to the Trivedi Centre for Political Data headed by Gilles Verniers and Sudheendra Hangal, out of the 66 seats the Congress party contested in the Delhi election, it lost its security deposit in 63 of the seats. Thus 95 per cent of the party’s candidates could not hold on to their security deposit.

The Congress party contested 66 out of the 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly Election, while its alliance partner the Rashtriya Janata Dal contested the remaining four seats. Senior party leaders such as Alka Lamba, Radhika Khera, Haroon Yusuf, Arvinder Lovely lost their security deposits.

If a candidate fails to get one-sixth of the votes in their constituency then the amount deposited by the candidate is seized by the Election Commission. According to Section 34, 1(a) of the Representation of the People Act 1951, it is mandatory for candidates to deposit a security of Rs. 10,000 to contest assembly elections. A security deposit is required to ensure that only serious candidates file their nominations to contest the elections.

In the 2015 Delhi Assembly Election, the Congress party contested all 70 seats and lost its security deposit in 62 of the seats, according to the Trivedi Centre for Political Data. Amounting to 88 per cent of the party’s candidates losing their security deposit.

Also read: Reinvention, a new face — what Congress leaders think party should do after poll debacle

Lacklustre Congress performance

ThePrint spoke to national spokesperson of the Congress party Jaiveer Shergill who explained that the larger point in the election is that people voted to solidify Aam Aadmi Party as the undisputed winner to defeat the BJP, which is what led to a transfer of votes from the Congress to the Aam Aadmi Party.

Talking about the way forward, Shergill said that all the candidates who lost need to spend a considerable amount of time on the ground and present an alternative plan of governance as opposed to that of the Aam Aadmi Party.

He also said, “There is a need for a new face to lead the party in the state and the Congress must come out of this phase of experimentation and back a team for the next four years.”

Shergill also added that the party needed to send a strong message to seek accountability and answerability for non-performers. “It cannot be business as usual”, he said.

While Delhi Congress leader and party spokesperson Pawan Khera added that another reason for the poor performance of the Congress in Delhi was that organisations tend to depend on personalities and Sheila Dikshit’s demise impacted the performance of the party in the state. “We need to build new leader”, said Khera.

He also added that the current narrative induces strong electoral choices. Therefore, voters tend to ensure that their vote does not go to a party which is perceived not to be doing well.

Also read: Congress big guns in Delhi stare at political oblivion after poll rout


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  1. The election results of Delhi are a wake-up calls to Congressman /women. The 130 years old party is on ventilator in political ICU of India. As anti-incumbency strikes the various Congress Governments , who have come into existence post – November 2019 elections, the so-called apex/high command leadership of the party will be of no help as it has also lost shine and credibility and all state Governments of Congress will disappear in next election when ever these are held.. It is now time for the state-level talented leaders of the Congress to join the band-wagon of APP to keep on floating in the whirlpool of India s political water pool. Tomorrow may be too late as APP is more susceptible to arrogance by Kejariwal as he is most ambitious political personality of our times. He will refuse you entry later on.He obliterated and side-stepped Anna Hazare for his ambitions .But keeping view your trait of bowing before erst-while dynasts , which most of you have developed and internalized all these years , it will not be difficult for you to accept Kejariwal as your dispenser of your destiny. Wish all of desperate souls fearing disappearance GOOD LUCK !!

  2. The Congress Party ran a low key campaign and succeeded in not dividing the anti-BJP votes. A triangular fight would have helped BJP win more seats. BJP wins because the opposition votes get divided in many parties and the first past the post system allows BJP to win even if the majority of people vote against it. In a multi-party system, India needs proportional representation system so that every vote is valued and gets represented. Thank you Congress Party for allowing a direct fight between AAP and BJP.

  3. Naam o nishaan nahin raha … Told my wife, who is less connected to Delhi than I am, This is the city where CM Sheila Dixit did solid work for fifteen years. The achievements endure, but not political goodwill. The Congress has no one to blame except itself. It is good that it did not become a kabab mein haddi in this election, but that may have been making a virtue out of a necessity.


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