The Aam Aadmi Party won the by-election for Bawana Assembly constituency with a massive margin over the Bhartiya Janata Party, which ended up a distant second. AAP candidate Ram Chander got 59,886 votes which translates into a whopping 45.39 % of the total votes cast. The scale of this victory has reinforced Delhi’s faith in the AAP government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
CM Kejriwal thanked the people of Delhi for endorsing the party’s brand of clean politics and giving their stamp of approval for the government’s work over the past two and a half years.
आम आदमी पार्टी की स्वच्छ राजनीति और पिछले ढाई वर्षों के कामों पर मुहर लगाने के लिए बवाना की जनता को दिल से शुक्रिया और बधाई
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 28, 2017
Volunteers and supporters of the party celebrated the victory at the Chief Minister’s residence, where he addressed the gathering:
This was the first election the party contested under newly appointed Delhi State Convener Gopal Rai. He also addressed volunteers:
The Bawana by-election was conducted using Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units, unlike the MCD election in April, 2017. The AAP has been demanding that VVPATs be compulsorily installed with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), in order to restore and increase faith of voters in the electoral process. Delhi State unit’s Chief Spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj tweeted, pointing out the extent of difference in vote shares and results between the MCD election and the by-election.
Bawana MCD elections, Old EVMs without VVPAT, AAP lost 5 out of 6 wards.
Bawana Bye-Polls with VVPAT paper slips ,AAP wins by 24k votes.3/n
— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) August 28, 2017