New Delhi: In a new low for the Congress, the party, which on Tuesday failed to open its account for the second consecutive Delhi Assembly Election, not just suffered a dip in vote share from 9.7% to 4.27%, but also witnessed 63 of its 66 candidates lose their deposits. Also Read - Subhash Chopra Resigns As Delhi Congress Chief After Party’s Debacle in Assembly Polls
Notably, the party had contested the polls in a pre-poll alliance with its Bihar ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) who fielded its candidates on the remaining four seats. Not surprisingly, the four RJD candidates, too, suffered heavy defeats. Also Read - People of Delhi Have Defeated BJP's Divisive Agenda: P Chidambaram on Assembly Election Results
The only three Congress candidates who were able to at least save their deposits were Arvinder Singh Lovely (Gandhi Nagar), Devender Yadav (Badli) and Abhishek Dutt (Kasturba Nagar). Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Alka Lamba, too, lost her deposit from the Chandni Chowk seat from where she won on an AAP ticket in 2015.
In order to contest an Assembly Election, candidates have to deposit Rs 10,000 to the Election Commission (EC). If the candidates fail to garner one-sixth of the total number of valid votes cast in a constituency, they have to forfeit their deposit.
Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra resigned from his post last evening in the wake of the party’s disastrous show. While most party leaders, on social media, called for introspection, senior leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram seemed to be revelling in the BJP’s loss, tweeting that the people of the national capital had defeated the ‘polarising, divisive and dangerous’ agenda of the BJP.
The party also became a subject of hilarious jokes and memes on social media in the wake of yet another no-show in Delhi. Under Sheila Dikshit, who died last year, it had been in power in the national capital for three successive terms between 1998 and 2013.