Delhi Assembly elections 2020 reactions | Neiphiu Rio wishes Kejriwal a successful tenure

AAP's Raghav Chadha of Rajinder Nagar contituency celebrates the party's victory, Delhi, February 11, 2020   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

As counting is underway in the Delhi Assembly elections 2020, leaders from various political parties began expressing their congratulations to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.



Congratulations to all elected Representatives, says Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio


Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister of Nagaland, tweets: Congratulations, @ArvindKejriwal on winning #DelhiElection2020. My best wishes for a successful tenure. Also, congratulations to all elected Representatives. 



People reward work, says Chirag Paswan

NDA ally Lok Janshakti Party has said the results of Delhi Assembly elections prove that people reward those who work. He said poll results have “proved that people reward on the basis of work”.

“Just as in the Lok Sabha elections, Narendra Modi ji got vote, today Arvind Kejriwal ji got the blessings of the people on the basis of his work. Lots of best wishes,” Mr. Chirag Paswan, son of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, tweeted.




Kejriwal has won the hearts of people amidst very big challenges: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tweets: "Congratulations to @ArvindKejriwal for a landslide victory. He has done remarkable work in education & healthcare & won the hearts of people amidst very big challenges. I wish him good health & success in his future endeavors."





In a democracy, the people’s verdict is supreme, says Nitin Gadkari


Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tweets: "In a democracy, the people’s verdict is supreme. I congratulate AAP and Arvind Kejriwal on his victory. I would also like to thank BJP cadres who worked hard day and night to get our message across to our people."




 Let’s march towards honesty and growth, says Kamal Haasan

Veteran actor and president of Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan tweets: "Congratulations Arvind Kejriwal Ji  on winning Delhi again. The righteous People of Delhi have embraced progressive politics and have shown the way by voting AAP to victory. Thamizh Nadu will follow suit next year. Let’s march towards honesty and growth. "


Best wishes for a successful tenure, says Naveen Patnaik

Chief Minister of Odisha and president of Biju Janata Dal Naveen Patnaik tweets: "Congratulations to Arvind Kejriwal Ji  and Aam Aadmi Party on the hattrick win in #DelhiPolls2020. Best wishes for a successful tenure."




Wishing Arvind Kejriwal Ji  the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Delhi, says Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets: "Congratulations to AAP and Shri Arvind Kejriwal Ji  for the victory in the Delhi Assembly Elections. Wishing them the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Delhi."

In reply Arvind Kejriwal tweets: "Thank u so much sir. I look forward to working closely wid Centre to make our capital city into a truly world class city."


N. Chandrababu Naidu wishes Kejriwal on winning the Delhi Assembly elections

Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and president of Telugu Desam Party N. Chandrababu Naidu tweets: "Heartfelt congratulations to Sri @ArvindKejriwal Ji on winning the #DelhiPolls2020. I am sure you will continue to serve the people of Delhi with the same dedication as earlier."




My best wishes & congratulations to Mr. Kejriwal , says Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweets: "My best wishes & congratulations to Mr. Kejriwal and the AAP on winning the Delhi Assembly elections."




Hope BJP takes a cue from this result and shun communalism: Tejashwi Yadav

RJD leader and Bihar Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav tweets: “Congratulations Arvind Kejriwal ji & Delhi ! You have defeated negative & blatant hate politics decisively. Your verdict marks the defeat of politics of polarisation and division. I sincerely hope BJP takes a cue from this result and shuns communalism & bigotry once for all”.



'I take responsibility for the results', says Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwary

Accepting responsibility for the defeat, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari rallied his party workers to not take the loss to heart.

“Thank you to all the voters of Delhi. Thank you to all the party workers for their hard work We respect the mandate of people. @ArvindKejriwal congratulations to you,” he posted on Twitter in Hindi.

He later said: "I hope that Delhi will develop and the ambitions of its people will be fulfilled...sometimes, when things don’t go your way, it can lead to dejection but I would request the workers of the party not to feel dejected. In comparison to the 2015 Assembly elections, the BJP has registered an increase in its is the result of the hard work of its workers...this is seemingly the dawn of a new politics in the city which has become bipolar instead of being triangular.

“Since I’m the State unit president, I take responsibility for the results. The results will be analysed and gauged to identify where our performance needs to improved. The tally I gave was based on certain facts. Also, which State unit president of a political party will say we will lose? What else can I say about that tweet (with the seat tally)...we didn’t achieve what we had expected to.”

"We indulge in politics of development not politics of hate. We’re against the roadblock in Shaheen Bagh as we were earlier."



RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav tweeted: "Congratulations Arvind Kejriwal ji & Delhi ! You have defeated negative & blatant hate politics decisively. Your verdict marks the defeat of politics of polarisation and division. I sincerely hope BJP takes a cue from this result and shuns communalism & bigotry once for all."

'Fascist ideology' will never win people's hearts: Kumaraswamy

Former Karnataka CM, of JD (S), HD Kumaraswamy, said in a series of tweets that people have taught the BJP a lesson for branding Arvind Kejriwal a terrorist. 

“Heartfelt congratulations to @ArvindKejriwal @AamAadmiParty. People of Delhi have showed that “fascist ideology” will never win their hearts. Congratulations to AAP and voters of Delhi for testifying that successful politics with development as criteria (to win polls), amidst money and muscle power,” Kumaraswamy tweeted.

“People have taught lesson for calling someone who heralded development (Kejriwal), a terrorist.

"By upholding the necessity of a regional party, people of Delhi have also set a model by clearly stating that development is their only priority.”

AAP's Atishi, contesting from Kalkaji, is expected to win: "Thank you to all the people of Delhi for putting their faith in @AamAadmiParty and voting for politics of development. In the last 5 years we have endeavoured to make Delhi’s Govt. Schools the best in the country and now we’ll make Kalkaji the best constituency in Delhi!"



BJP president respects mandate, Goa CM says voters fell for 'freebies'

In a tweet, BJP's Kapil Mishra congratulated Arvind Kejriwal for the "impressive victory." He thanked the BJP workers for contesting the elections "with full strength." Thanking the people of Delhi, he said "the struggle will continue."

Mr. Mishra was earlier slapped with a campaigning ban by the ECI for his controversial tweets, for creating enmity among classes."

BJP president JP Nadda: “The BJP respects the mandate given by the people of Delhi. Thanks to all the workers who worked tirelessly in this election."

Union Minister Hardeep Puri: "In the celebration of democracy, the verdict of the people should be respected. Congratulations to Arvind Kejriwal & AAP on their victory. I want to thank our karyakartas who worked tirelessly & the people who supported our campaign resulting in an increased vote share."

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said voters may have fallen for freebies announced by the Kejriwal government before the elections. The BJP leader said the AAP government in Delhi failed to provide pollution-free air and clean drinking water, which are basic necessities.

“We accept the people’s verdict. May be, people wanted a government that gives freebies from their own taxes,” Mr Sawant told reporters in Ponda town of North Goa district.

“I have been going to Delhi. In Goa, we are happier and more contended compared to those living in Delhi. Goan people are lucky as compared to Delhi, which does not have pure air, pure water and people suffer from health issues. The (Kejriwal) government has failed to provide these facilities.” - PTI


Those exhorting Dilliwallahs to send a current got electrocuted themselves: Mehbooba

Peoples Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti, who has been in detention in Kashmir for several months, reacted to AAP's win in Delhi via a tweet posted on her behalf. Ms. Mufti's daughter Iltija has been posting on her behalf.

"On behalf of Ms Mufti, I’d like to congratulate @ArvindKejriwal for his spectacular victory & especially Dilliwallahs for rejecting vitriolic divisive politics & voting on real issues instead. Those exhorting Dilliwallahs to send a current got electrocuted themselves & that too at high voltage."

Divisive tactics rejected by voters: Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the BJP hjas paid for its arrogance.

"I'm not surprised with the results coming out from the Capital. I congratulate AAP and its leadership. There is a sense of anger against the arrogance of the BJP and people have voted against it in a large number.

"There are a lot of people from the other States who have settled in Delhi, and therefore the result is also a reflection of what is happening (the anger) there with regard to the anti-BJP sentiment across the country. The voters have also rejected leaders who had openly raised slogans to effect 'goli mari gaddaro ko'. These divisive tactics have been rejected by the voters."

'Delhi voters have shown nationalism is also a personal matter', says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said people have chosen jan ki baat instead of man ki baat

"I congratulate Mr. Kejriwal for this victory. The people of the Capital have shown they don't want to listen to man ki baat anymore but prefer jan ki baat instead. The AAP could not be defeated by the BJP even after comparing Mr. Kejriwal to a terrorist and bringing international issues into the campaign instead of local issues of development.

"The Delhi voters have also shown nationalism is also a personal matter and only those wearing it on the heart may not necessarily be true nationalist. This myth has been busted with this result today."




'Befitting reply to BJP’s politics of hate and violence', says CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury


Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his wife Sunita Kejriwal celebrate AAP's win in the 2020 Delhi elections at the party headquarters, Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his wife Sunita Kejriwal celebrate AAP's win in the 2020 Delhi elections at the party headquarters, Tuesday, February 11, 2020   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement


It also happens to be the birthday of Arvind Kejriwal's wife Sunita. Celebrations in full swing (above) at the party headquarters.

“Congratulations @ArvindKejriwal @AamAadmiParty and the people of Delhi who have given a befitting reply to BJP’s politics of hate and violence. Union ministers called for ‘gaalis’ and ‘golis’ People have given their answer,” said CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury in a tweet.

“BJP’s top leaders, its ministers and MPs cannot be allowed to get away with incitements and threats to murder. Last time such an atmosphere of hate & violence was generated, Gandhiji was assassinated,” he said.

CPI General Secretary D. Raja said the BJP tried everything tom polarise the Delhi voters: "This is a huge defeat for the BJP considering Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah had concentrated all their energy in Delhi elections. They used every possible trick to polarise the Delhi voters using CAA/NRC/NPR narrative."

Harbinger for inclusive politics: Kerala CM

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said AAP's win is a harbinger for pro-people politics.

“Congratulations to @ArvindKejriwal and @AamAadmiParty on a resounding victory in Delhi elections. Let this victory be a harbinger for pro-people and inclusive politics in our country,” Mr. Vijayan tweeted.



We have resolved to revive the party: Congress

The Congress, accepting its heavy defeat, has vowed to rebuild its self. 

“People’s mandate is against us, we accept it. We have resolved to revive and rebuild the party,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference.

Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra said, “Attempts to polarise were made by both parties (BJP and AAP) and they were successful to an extent.”

However, he added, the results also showed that the people of Delhi were not with the communal forces.

AICC Delhi in-charge PC Chacko said the message of Delhi polls is that the “most toxic campaign” unleashed by Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah has been defeated by the people of the national capital. - PTI

Congress leader P. Chidambaram said the people of Delhi have set a fine example for the country. "AAP won, bluff and bluster lost. The people of Delhi, who are from all parts of India, have defeated the polarising, divisive and dangerous agenda of the BJP. I salute the people of Delhi who have set an example to other states that will hold their elections in 2021 and 2022," Mr. Chidambaram tweeted.

Congress candidate from Chandni Chowk, Alka Lamba, tweets in Hindi: “I accept the results, but not defeat. Hindu-Muslim votes were polarised. With fresh faces, Congress needs to prepare for a new fight and a long struggle for people of Delhi. If we fight today, we will win tomorrow."

Biggest defeated by the smallest: BJD's Prasanna Acharya

"BJP claims to be the biggest political party of the world. And it has been defeated by the smallest party in the country. This shows the beauty of Indian democracy and maturity of Indian voters," says Biju Janata Dal, Rajya Sabha floor leader Prasanna Acharya.


Mamata says leaders playing on faith and divisive politics should take a cue

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday congratulated Arvind Kejriwal, who appeared to be heading back to power in Delhi with a thumping majority.

Ms. Banerjee, who is also the TMC boss, said leaders playing on faith and divisive politics should take a cue, as only those who deliver on their promises are rewarded.

“Congratulations @ArvindKejriwal as #DelhiResults show @AamAadmiParty all set to win #DelhiElection2020 with a thumping majority yet again. Leaders playing on faith through hate speech & divisive politics should take a cue, as only those who deliver on their promises are rewarded,” she tweeted.

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AAP calls it a ‘victory of love’

AAP supporters celebrating the victory at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Photo

AAP supporters celebrating the victory at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Photo   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy


Addressing media, AAP MP Sanjay Singh termed it as a “big win” said that the result is a victory of “love”.

“It’s a win for two crore people of Delhi,” he said. He also said that personal attacks on party chief Arvind Kejriwal has cost other parties dearly.

“BJP had used money, power and liquor, but two crore people of Delhi has answered them,” Mr. Singh said.


Stalin congratulates Kejriwal

DMK president M.K. Stalin on Tuesday congratulated Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP, saying the massive mandate was a clear indication that development had trumped communal politics. “Federal rights and regional aspirations must be strengthened in the interest of the country,” he tweeted.



Message for BJP is ‘poisonous’ campaign will not work says RJD's Manoj Jha

Senior RJD leader Manoj Jha on Tuesday said the biggest message from the Delhi Assembly polls is for the BJP that “poisonous” campaign and statements will not work.

He said the message has also gone out to Bihar where assembly polls are due next year, and to the rest of the country.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had contested the Delhi election on four seats in alliance with the Congress. The alliance was staring at a massive defeat in the national capital.

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'Hindustan has won'

"Your son Arvind Kejriwal was called a terrorist. Kejriwal had said that day that on 11th our two crore-strong family will say that their son Kejriwal is not a terrorist but a strong patriot," AAP MP and Assembly election incharge Sanjay Singh said while addressing party workers.

"They had said it was a Hindustan-Pakistan match. Hindustan has won, Hindustan has won, Hindustan has won," Mr. Singh said.

Poll statrategiest Prashant Kishor who recently had joined hands with AAP after being expelled from JD(U), has tweeted: "Thank you Delhi for standing up to protect the soul of India".



A fight between 'a giant and a pygmy'

The Delhi Assembly election was a fight between “a giant and a pygmy” and the AAP is winning it despite the NDA government using all its might to wrest power in the national capital, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Tuesday.

As trends indicated that the Aam Aadmi Party was leading on over 55 seats and the BJP on 14, Mr. Chowdhury said the people of Delhi voted for development.

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