NEW DELHI: Sheila Dikshit, long-serving Chief Minister of the India’s capital city New Delhi, has resigned from her post over Congress electoral defeat via significant margin by the Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party (Common People’s Party).
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has sent her resignation to the Lt Governor as conceding her defeat in the ongoing State Assembly Elections on Sunday which initially showed a clear defeat for the Congress party, Indian media reported.
New Delhi’s long-serving Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit lost her seat on Sunday to the leader of a new anti-corruption party, state election results showed.
Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (Common People’s Party), took an unassailable lead, winning 39,883 votes against 16,780 for Dikshit, according to the electoral commission.
“This is not my victory. This is the victory of the people of New Delhi constituency,” a triumphant Kejriwal told supporters.
“I am absolutely confident that finally the country will win, the people will win and democracy will win,” added the former civil servant who only founded the party last year.
Dikshit, who has resigned from her post after 15 years as chief minister, had earlier conceded that Congress had lost control of Delhi’s 70-seat assembly, saying she would “respect” the outcome.
Dikshit, regarded as a powerful politician, had said ahead of last Thursday’s election that Kejriwal “was not even on our radar”.