The results of the Lok Sabha election in India are finally going to be announced today and in the country's national capital, Delhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be poised to win most of the seats according to exit polls conducted by Times Now VMR, India Today Axis, and Today's Chanakya.
The JD (U), which made its maiden entry into the electoral scene of Arunachal Pradesh, won seven seats so far, while another debutant National People's Party (NPP) secured four seats.
In each of the seven constituencies, the BJP candidates had by late afternoon or early evening polled more votes than the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party combined.
Senior BJP leaders, including Home Minister (Internal Security) Rajnath Singh, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Health Minister J.P. Nadda were also present at the victory rally.
While Congress bagged only one Lok Sabha seat and nine assembly seats in Odisha, Patnaik also faced defeat in the assembly polls.
The party won just 52 seats out of 543 up for grabs in the country's parliament. Chadha himself lost to Ramesh Bidhuri of the BJP by a margin of 3,67,043 votes. "Both self-respect, as well as political pragmatism, demand that the Congress elect a new leader", he said on Twitter.
At Chandni Chowk, sitting BJP member and Union science minister Harsh Vardhan had by afternoon drawn about 49.7 per cent of the votes counted, while Congress candidate Jai Prakash Agarwal had 33.1 per cent and the AAP's Pankaj Gupta, 14.3 per cent.
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The former India cricketer stood on a BJP ticket from East Delhi, and beat his nearest rival Arvinder Singh Lovely of the Congress by a margin of 3,91,222 votes.
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Netanyahu, cracking a joke over the full majority that BJP achieved, said, "Well, thank you for your congratulations on my victory, but there's one difference: You don't need a coalition, I do", Netanyahu said over the phone.
The northeastern state of Assam chose to leave four million mostly Muslim Bangladeshi immigrants off its registry of citizens past year, and legislation proposed by BJP members, now stalled in the Rajya Sabha, or upper house of parliament, would seek to streamline citizenship law for non-Muslim immigrants.
The party suffered a humiliating loss in the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, with three of its seven candidates losing their deposits.
The Cabinet also discussed the dates for the swearing-in ceremony and other formalities required for the formation of the new government after general elections.