New Delhi, Feb 10: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday created a record by registering the highest-ever tally by any party in the Delhi election. The party led by Arvind Kejriwal was set to get 67 seats in the state, bettering the previous best tally of the Congress (52 seats) in 1998 when it came to power and continued for 15 years under the leadership of Sheila Dikshit.
The election also saw another record, though an unhappy one. The Congress could not open its account in this election and proved all pre-poll surveys wrong as none of them expected the grand-old party to go below two seats. But each of the 70 candidates of the Congress, including its face in Delhi Ajay Maken who lost by 50,000 votes.
The Congress had met a similar fate in the assembly election in Andhra Pradesh post bifurcation last year.
Maken resigned as the party's general secretary after the debacle but defended the Gandhis saying the result had nothing to do with the top leadership.
The Congress had won eight seats in the last assembly election in Delhi held in 2013 and also backed Kejriwal to form the government after no party succeeded to gain majority.
The NDA managed just three seats in the assembly.