Delhi election results: How the day unfolded
Rahul Gandhi accepted AAP's popularity saying, "AAP has involved a lot of people, which traditional parties did not."
New Delhi: 5:57 pm: These results are historic in many ways, said Arvind Kejriwal. "This is the first time an election has been fought on honesty," he said.
5:49 pm: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has defeated outgoing CM Sheila Dikshit in the New Delhi constituency by 25,864 votes.
5:32 pm: BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, "In Delhi, we have emerged as the largest party. We will explore what can be done in Delhi after final results are declared." Congratulating the AAP, he said, "AAP is a new party and it has done well, it raised many issues. But how long such brand of politics will last remains to be seen."
5:11 pm: BJP President Rajnath Singh has said that the BJP will form the government in all four states, indicating that the party will attempt to form the government in Delhi.
5:02 pm: BJP has credited Narendra Modi for the party's victory. "BJP has got the maximum benefit of the popularity of Narendra Modi," party chief Rajnath Singh said.
5:01 pm: "AAP has involved a lot of people, which traditional parties did not. We will learn from that," Rahul Gandhi added.
4:54 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi accepted her party's defeat in 4 states and said that the party needs to introspect. "We are very very disappointed with the results. But we accept the results. We congratulate our opponents," Sonia said.
"We could not take our message to the people," she added. Sonia, however, said that these elections cannot be seen as a reflection of the Lok Sabha elections.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said, "As the CM Sheila Dikshit has worked hard in Delhi, she gave good governance." "We need to give serious space to common man in our structures. I will put all efforts in transforming the Congress party," he said.
4:16 pm: The BJP has won in 23 seats while the AAP has won in 15.
3:51 pm: The BJP has now won in 20 seats while the AAP has won in 12 seats so far. The Congress has won in 4 seats, SAD in 1 and an Independent candidate in 1.
3:22 pm: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, celebrating his party's stunning debut, said, "This is a win for the people, for Indian democracy. This is not my victory. It is the victory of the people of New Delhi."
3:10 pm: BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan wins from Krishna Nagar constituency defeating his Congress rival VK Monga by over 30,000 votes.
3:03 pm: BJP CM candidate Harsh Vardhan, who has registered a huge win from his constituency, congratulated the Aam Aadmi Party for its spectacular debut. However, when asked about the government formation, he refused to speak.
2:49 pm: As it looks difficult for the BJP to get clear majority, party's PM candidate Narendra Modi has arrived in Delhi.
2:25 pm: "No question of forming any alliance with either Congress or BJP, we will sit in opposition," said AAP leader Manish Sisodia.
2:20 pm: The BJP has won in 9 seats while the AAP has won in 6 so far.
2:13 pm: AAP leader Manish Sisodia says that his party has no objection if the Lieutenant Governor allows a minority government.
1:46 pm: AAP's Jagdeep Singh has won the Hari Nagar seat against Akali Dal's Shyam Sharma by 8876 votes.
1:44 pm: Congress's Parlad Singh Sawhney has won the Chandni Chowk seat by 8243 votes defeating BJP's Suman Kumar Gupta. The AAP has won the Model Town seat by 7875 votes. BJP's Ramesh Bidhuri has won the Tughlakabad seat.
1:30 pm: AAP leader Shazia Ilmi has started leading in the RK Puram seat by 37 votes.
1:25 pm: BJP's Subhash Sachdeva has won the Moti Nagar seat, defeating AAP's Kuldeep Singh Channa by 16021 votes.
1:22 pm: BJP's Harmeet Singh has defeated AAP's Dharambir Singh in the Kalkaji seat by 2044 votes
1:19 pm: The Aam Aadmi Party has won the Deoli seat by 17108. AAP's Prakash has defeated BJP Gagan Rana.
1:11 pm: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare questioned as to how Kejriwal will now get the Jan Lokpal Bill passed as he claimed. "Now he will have to join hands with someone, in such a situation how will he bring Jan Lokpal Bill," Anna asked.
1:06 pm: The AAP has also won the Ambedkar Nagar seat, which the Congress's Chadhury Prem Singh had been winning since 1993. AAP's Ashok Kumar has defeated BJP's khushi Ram Chunar by 11670 votes in this constituency.
1:01 pm: The AAP has won the Shakur Basti seat by 7062 votes. Satyender Kumar Jain of AAP has defeated Shyam Lal Garg of BJP.
12:56 pm: Outgoing Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has accepted defeat saying, "I accept this defeat with due respect."
12:46 pm: Congress's Chaudhury Prem Singh, who has won every election from Ambedkar Nagar since 1993. He is now at the third position as the Aam Aadmi Party's Ashok Kumar is leading in that seat.
12:30 pm: The BJP has now won 1 seat in Delhi and is leading in 35 seats. Sahib Singh Verma's son Parvesh Sahib Singh has defeated Narinder Singh Sejwal of the Aam Aadmi Party in Mehrauli by 4,564 votes.
12:07 am: The BJP is now leading in 33 seats while the AAP is leading in 26.
11:54 am: Sheila Dikshit has resigned as the Delhi Chief Minister and has sent her resignation to the Lieutenant Governor.
11:50 am: The BJP is now leading in 32 seats while the AAP is leading in 24.
11:46 am: BJP CM candidate Harsh Vardhan is leading in his constituency Krishna Nagar by 16,000 votes.
11:35 am: The BJP is at the half-way mark and is leading in 35 seats.
11:30 am: The BJP has crossed the half-way mark and is leading in 36 seats while AAP is making the Opposition and is leading in 22 seats.
11:24 am: The BJP has reached the half-way mark in Delhi and is leading in 35 seats.
11:22 am: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is trailing behind AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal by over 4,000 votes in New Delhi constituency.
11:14 am: Union Minister Shashi Tharoor has accepted that the people of Delhi wanted a change. "Sheila Dikshit has been an outstanding CM. Since she has been around for so long, people feel they want a change," Tharoor said.
11:00 am: The BJP is leading in 33 seats while the AAP in 26 seats. The Congress is leading in only 8 seats suffering a major setback while other parties in 3.
10:46 am: The BJP is leading in 33 seats while the AAP is leading in 25 seats. The Congress is leading only in 9 seats and other parties in 3.
10:38 am: BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan is leading in the Krishna Nagar constituency by 5,000 votes.
10:28 am: There are celebrations outside the AAP office as AAP volunteers are flashing the victory signs.
10:25 am: The AAP has ruled out even outside support for any party. Prof Anand Kumar of AAP says, "We rule out even issue based support from outside in Delhi."
10:18 am: The leads for all 70 seats in Delhi are now in and it's a clear indication of a hung assembly. The BJP is leading in 30 seats, the AAP in 25 seats, the Congress in 14 while other parties in 1 seat.
10:17 am: Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi has conceded defeat for the party in Delhi. He says onion and vegetable prices cost them in Delhi.
10:03 am: According to reports, Arvind Kejriwal is now leading in the New Delhi seat where he was contesting against CM Sheila Dikshit.
9:45 am: The BJP is close to victory and is leading in 30 seats while AAP follows and is leading in 23 seats.
9:44 am: While the BJP leads in Delhi, Delhi Health Minister AK Walia is leading in Laxmi Nagar constituency.
9:38 am: AAP leader Shazia Ilmi, who is trailing in RK Puram says, "This is not about the BJP or Congress. It is about the people's issues. We have gone to people with the real issues of the people."
9:27 am: The BJP has again moved ahead and is now leading in 25 seats, while AAP is a close second and is leading in 18 seats.
9:20 am: Delhi seems to be headed for a hung assembly with the AAP giving a close fight to BJP. But BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh says they would rather go for President's rule in Delhi for 6 months in that case and have elections again.
9:11 am: It's a very close fight between the AAP and the BJP in Delhi. While BJP is leading in 15 seats, AAP is leading in 14. The Congress is far behind. Delhi seems to be headed for a hung assembly.
9:04 am: Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit is leading in the New Delhi seat where Arvind Kejriwal was contesting against her. BJP continues to lead in Delhi while AAP is now second.
8:58 am: The Congress has taken a slight lead over AAP for the second position, but BJP still remains a clear leader, leading in 10 seats.
8:57 am: BJP CM candidate Dr Harsh Vardhan says, "I have always believed that AAP and Congress were contesting amongst each other for the second position."
8:54 am: The BJP is leading in six seats, while AAP is a close second, leading in 4 seats. Other parties are leading in 5 seats while Congress is far behind, leading only in 2 seats.
8:48 am: The BJP is leading in 4 seats and AAP in 3 seats. Congress is leading in one seat.
8:46 am: While AAP is leading in three seats, BJP is leading in one.
8:45 am: Arvind Kejriwal's AAP has now taken lead in two seats in Delhi.
8:35 am: The AAP has taken the lead in one seat (Narela) in Delhi.
8:30 am: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal says his party is ready for any result whatsoever. He reiterates he won't support any party even as BJP has approached some of his party members with money and posts.
8:15 am: As post-poll surveys predict a Congress debacle, the party workers are holding a prayer outside the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit's residence.
8:04 am: BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Dr Harsh Vardhan says he is confident of a clear victory for his party. "We will get a good win in Delhi. I have always said that BJP will get clear majority to form the government in Delhi," he said.
8:00 am: The counting of votes for the crucial Delhi Assembly elections has begun. Delhi is seeing a three-way battle with the Aam Aadmi Party entering the fray. In fact, many exit polls say that Arvind Kejriwal's AAP may spring a surprise with a spectacular debut.
The BJP, however, is likely to emerge either as the single largest party or as a clear winner according to post-poll surveys, dethroning the 15-year rule of the Congress in the city state.
A total of 810 candidates are in the fray. While BJP fielded candidates in 66 constituencies, Congress and AAP contested all the 70 seats. BSP, the third largest party in the last assembly election, fielded candidates in 69 seats, NCP in nine and Samajwadi Party in 27 seats. A total of 224 independents were also in the fray.
The entry of Kejriwal's AAP has changed the dimension of the election and it will be interesting to see whether the newbie will just be a "spoiler" or win some seats as predicted by opinion polls, riding on its anti-corruption plank.
In the run up to the polling on December 4, a high-voltage campaign was witnessed whree contestants, incumbent Congress, opposition BJP and greenhorn Aam Aadmi Party slugged it out to woo 1.19 crore voters.
While Congress is seeking another term under Sheila Dikshit, BJP and AAP were led by their chief ministerial candidates Harsh Vardhan and Kejriwal.
The highest-ever voter turnout of 65.86 per cent was recorded as Delhiites came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise in the just-concluding election. The Delhi assembly election result is being seen as an indicator of the mood of the urban electorate ahead of the general election.
(With additional information from PTI)