DELHI ELECTIONS 2008

  • Shiela takes oath as Delhi CM, Walia made minister December 17, 2008

    New DelhiL: Delhi's new Cabinet was sworn in on Wednesday at Raj Niwas by Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna with Shiela Dikshit taking the oath as the Chief Minister for a third time. While most of the ministers in the previous government retained their Cabinet posts, Kiran Walia has been made a...
  • Oye Sheila: A tribute to the daughter of Delhi December 14, 2008

    Only the tallest leaders have achieved what she has achieved, three election victories in a row. Sheila Dikshit is presiding over a Delhi that is changing every day, every passing moment, metro, flyovers, malls. She is the matriarch of a city that is becoming more and more cosmopolitan True, there...
  • Sheila elected Delhi CLP leader, to become CM again December 10, 2008

    New Delhi: Sheila Dikshit has been elected as the Congress Legislature Party leader in Delhi. The Legislature Party met on Wednesday to formally elect its new leader. Dikshit is credited for the thumping victory of Congress for the third consecutive time and the meeting was considered a mere formality. The meeting was attended...
  • Age no bar, Sheila Dikshit wins young voters' hearts December 9, 2008

    New Delhi: The taste of victory is sweet, but three terms in a row is sweeter. This time Sheila swung to her side supporters of all age groups especially the young voter. Ordinarily one would think that youth of the country would want fresh and younger faces in Indian politics, but...
  • Sheila baiters bite dust as she wins Delhi again December 9, 2008

    New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had the last laugh in Delhi Assembly Elections fighting antiincumbency to steer the party to a record hattrick on Monday, as the ruling Congress bagged 42 of the 69 seats at stake. [Sheila wins Delhi's confidence for the third time] [VK Malhotra loses. What went wrong?] Majority...
  • Sheila wins Delhi's confidence for the third time December 9, 2008

    New Delhi: It was an election that was difficult to predict, but in the end Sheila Dikshit won Delhi for the third time, decisively taking 42 of the 69 seats. Sheila Dikshit is the face that has won the national Capital's confidence for a record third time. This feat is astonishingly...
  • Why did BJP lose in Delhi and Cong win? December 8, 2008

    New Delhi: Hours before the final results for the state assembly seats were declared, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) knew it had lost Delhi. BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that probably the choice of candidate was wrong. However, both parties, the victors and the defeated, acknowledged that Delhi was won...
  • Dikshit, teacher who turned leader, learnt on the job December 8, 2008

    New Delhi: From a politician by default to the Congress' longest serving woman chief minister, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday wrote herself into the record books by steering her party to a third consecutive victory in the assembly elections. Riding the twin planks of development and good governance, the...
  • Commonwealth Games govt's prioritiy: Dikshit December 8, 2008

    New Delhi: Accepting the victory with humility and grace, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday attributed the success to development which she listed as the priority for the Congress government ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Fresh from historic third consecutive victory, she said smooth conduct of the Commonwealth Games and over...
  • BJP admits Malhotra was too old for Delhi December 8, 2008

    New Delhi: The BJP on Monday reckoned that it might have done better in the Delhi Assembly elections if it had fielded a younger leader as its chief ministerial candidate. The BJP had projected veteran politician V K Malhotra, 77, as its chief ministerial candidate. "Personally, I think Arun Jaitley would...
  • Arun Jaitley takes blame for BJP drubbing in Delhi December 8, 2008

    New Delhi: The BJP on Monday conceded defeat in the Delhi assembly elections and said people had given a "clear vote in favour of the Congress". "It is a clear victory for the Congress in Delhi," said Arun Jaitley, BJP General Secretary, who is in charge of party affairs in the...
  • BJP's Babbar defeats daughterinlaw in Delhi polls December 8, 2008

    New Delhi: The grand old man prevailed in the battle of votes against his daughterinlaw in Delhi's Tilak Nagar which saw a bitter contest between close family members. Anita Babbar of Congress proved no match to her fatherinlaw OP Babbar of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who defeated her in the electoral...
  • Sheila thanks voters, says will work to their benefit December 8, 2008

    New Delhi: With Congress looking set to make a hattrick in the Delhi assembly elections, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the people of the national capital voted for the party's development agenda. "I congratulate the people of Delhi and many, many thanks to them for their support and affection for the...
  • Malhotra's house wears deserted look December 8, 2008

    New Delhi: The home of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) chief ministerial candidate V K Malhotra wore a deserted look on Monday morning after the initial leads in favour of the Sheila Dikshitled Congress as counting of votes polled Nov 29 in the Delhi Assembly elections progressed. Malhotra's residence on 6, Bishambhar...
  • Sheila stumps BJP, set to retain power in Delhi December 8, 2008

    New Delhi: Congress Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit looks close to retaining power for the third straight term in the Capital. The ruling Congress won three seats in Delhi Assembly elections and was leading in 42 other constituencies while BJP was ahead at 23 seats in the 70member Assembly. [Interview: Sheila Dikshit...
  • Assembly polls: 60 pc voting reported from Delhi November 30, 2008

    New Delhi: Over 60 per cent of Delhi's 10.5 million eligible voters exercised their franchise Saturday, election officials said here. Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi Satbir Silas Bedi informed reporters about the voter turnout while saying that details of balloting at a few polling stations were still being collated. Polling for 69...
  • 1984 Sikh victims vote in large numbers after long November 29, 2008

    New Delhi: The victims of the 1984 antiSikh riots in Delhi see a new hope in an independent candidate whom they voted for in large numbers on Saturday during polling to pick a new Assembly for the Capital. Many Sikhs, who suffered during the 1984 riots, in the Tilak Vihar constituency...
  • Stray incidents of violence during polls in Delhi November 29, 2008

    New Delhi: Stray incidents of violence and complaints of failure of the electronic voting machines at a few places were reported as polling progressed at a steady pace in Delhi on Saturday to pick a new state Assembly. Ten persons sustained minor injuries outside a polling station in the Tughlaqabad constituency...
  • Mumbai standoff over, polling picks up in Delhi November 29, 2008

    New Delhi: Polling for the Delhi Assembly elections, which started on a low key note on Saturday morning, picked up as the day warmed up with people tearing away from their television sets after the 59hour long Mumbai terror standoff ended. Polling began at 0800 hrs IST on a dull note...
  • Election Commission issues notice to Arun Jaitley November 28, 2008

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday issued notice to senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley for violating the model code of conduct by using his official pad bearing the national emblem to appeal to people to vote for a BJP candidate fighting elections from the national Capital. Asking...
  • Fuel price cut violates code of conduct: BJP November 26, 2008

    New Delhi: Petroleum Minister Murli Deora said on Tuesday that fuel prices will be cut after the Assembly polls. In a letter to Sonia Gandhi, he proposed a Rs 5 cut in petrol prices and Rs 20 on every LPG cylinder. His twopage note said oil companies would be comfortable with...
  • Water issues add fire to Delhi polls | Blog now November 26, 2008

    New Delhi: Vasant Vihar is one of the posh colonies of Delhi. There are no creature comforts its residents cannot afford. Ironically its the most basic of poll promises bijli, sadak and paani (electricity, roads and water) that strikes a chord with this affluent lot. President Vasant Vihar RWA,...
  • BJP's main poll issue, Cong must answer on Sadhvi November 26, 2008

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is accusing the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) of going after the wrong people in the Malegaon bomb blast case. With Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Delhi round the corner, top BJP leaders are using the arrest of Sadhvi Pragya SIngh Thakur as their...
  • BJP woos young Delhi voters to rock Cong regime November 26, 2008

    New Delhi: Music, dance and a lot of starry fanfare had the party started up as the Bharatiya Janta Party launched Radio BJP in the capital on Tuesday. Unlike an FM station, Radio BJP is an open truck that will station itself at popular locations and urge young voters to...
  • Garbage issue raises stink in Delhi polls | Blog now November 25, 2008

    New Delhi: As part of CNNIBN's special series in the runup to Delhi elections, we look at the problem of garbage. How is Delhi dealing with its mounting pile of waste and is the rising stink goading political action? Read on... It's not the usual chuck it, forget it routine in...
  • Delhi Polls: Cong battles antiincumbency, BJP to scrap BRT November 25, 2008

    New Delhi: There are a plethora of issues that were raised by various political parties in the run up to the Delhi Assembly elections 2008. The Congress vying for a third term in the Capital is battling an antiincumbency factor, the BJP has put up internal security and...
  • Capital hostility: Delhi unsafe for its own women November 24, 2008

    New Delhi: Bhartnatyam danseuse Geeta Chandran brings out the paradox of being a woman in Delhi a city that in many ways celebrates women, in its art and music, its market places and colleges, and even in its politics. Nearly 65 lakh women live in Delhi and though many...
  • Delhi polls: BSP, just a new kid on the block for Cong November 24, 2008

    New Delhi: With Delhi Assembly elections only a week away, the poll campaign has reached a fever pitch, with political heavyweights from the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) going out with full force on Sunday to woo voters. While one tried to reach out to the voters to contain...
  • Congress expels seven rebels in Delhi November 23, 2008

    New Delhi: The Congress party on Saturday expelled seven members, including three former legislators, for contesting the Delhi Assembly elections against the party's official candidates. They have been expelled for six years for contesting against the official party candidates in the (November 29) Assembly polls, violating discipline. They include three former...
  • Capital concern: What it takes to woo Delhi November 23, 2008

    One week to go for the elections in Delhi. Will it be the price rise, terror attacks or the infrastructure or transport that will be riding the minds of an average Delhiite? CNNIBN's Anubha Bhonsle and Political Editor of the Hindustan Times newspaper Vinod Sharma, discussed this with Chief Minister...