Congress sweeps Delhi, wins seven seats

Congress sweeps Delhi, wins seven seats

Congress Party workers celebrate party's winning trends in the Lok Sabha polls outside AICC President Sonia Gandhi's residence in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit's son and Congress candidate Sandeep Dikshit defeated Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Chetan Chauhan, a former Test cricketer, by a whopping 241,051 votes.

Congress' Ramesh Kumar and Krishna Tirath won from the South Delhi and Northwest Delhi Lok Sabha constituencies respectively.

Kumar, brother of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, defeated BJP's Ramesh Bidhuri by 93,219 votes in South Delhi, Tirath defeated BJP's Meera Kanwaria by 184,433 votes in Northwest Delhi.

Congress's tally is up from 2004 when it won six seats. In 1999, the BJP had won all the seven seats in the national capital.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal also retained his Chandni Chowk seat defeating BJP's Vijender Gupta by 200,710 votes. Sibal has won the seat for the second consecutive time.

Congress candidates Ajay Maken and J.P. Agarwal won from New Delhi and North East Delhi constituencies respectively.

Maken, union minister of state for urban development, defeated BJP's Vijay Goel by 187,629 votes. Delhi Congress chief Agarwal defeated BJP's B.L. Sharma Prem by 222,243 votes.

In a surprise, Congress's Mahabal Mishra defeated BJP's Jagdish Mukhi from West Delhi, the only seat from where the saffron party was hoping for a win, by a margin of over 100,000 votes.

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