Delhi Lok Sabha elections: Amid BJP’s housecleaning, 91% candidates lose their deposits

As many as 148 of the 162 (91 per cent) candidates in Delhi’s seven seats have lost their deposits in the Lok Sabha elections, according to the Election Commission.

In Chandni Chowk 23, New Delhi 15, South Delhi 20, East Delhi 18, West Delhi 22, North East Delhi 26 and North West Delhi 24, candidates lost their deposit.

According to the Election Commission rules, a candidate must secure at least one-sixth (16.67 percent) of the total votes polled in the constituency to retain the security deposit, which is Rs 25,000 for general and Rs 12,500 for candidates from the list of cabinets.

The ruling AAP in Delhi fought in alliance with the Congress, with a four-three formula in Delhi. However, the BJP has made a clean sweep in all seven seats in Delhi.

In all seven seats, barring the winners (BJP) and runners-up (AAP-Congress alliance), all other contenders failed to save their deposits in each seat.

The BSP candidates, who contested on all seven seats, remained at third position. Except for 14 (winners and runners-up), none of the other candidates managed to cross the 20,000 vote mark. Ashok Kumar Gupta, an independent candidate from Chandni Chowk, secured only 140 votes, the lowest number of votes in all the seven constituencies.

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  • (This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

    Shankhyaneel Sarkar

    Shankhyaneel Sarkar is a senior sub-editor at News18. He handles international affairs

    first print: Jun 4, 2024 11:33 PM IST