Parlad Singh Sawhney sweeps Chandi Chowk leaving Alka Lamba with only 5% vote share

Congress Chandi Chowk candidate Alka LambaBCCL
  • Election Commission has declared Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Parlad Singh Sawhney the winner in Chandhi Chowk.
  • Congress Alka Lamba, a former AAP party member, came in behind AAP and the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) with only 5% vote share.
  • Sawhney beat BJP's Suman Kumar by a massive margin of 29.584 votes.
The heart of Old Delhi, Chandi Chowk, has voted for Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Parlad Singh Sawhney. He beat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) contestant by over 29,000 votes. Congress' incumbent Alka Lamba, who won the seat when aligned with AAP, was only able to garner 5% of the vote share.

Lamba has only recently returned to Congress after a brief stint with AAP. She formerly with the Gandhi-party for 20 years, before she switched over to AAP in 2014. However, citing disrespect by other party members, she switched back to Congress in 2019.

Candidate NameParlad Singh SawhneySuman Kumar GuptaAlka Lamba
Party AAPBJPCongress
Status 50,891 votes21,307 votes3,881 votes


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Party2020 Elections(Provisional)2015 Elections
AAP65.92%49.35%
BJP27.6%24.79%
Congress5.03%24.07%
Others1.45%1.79%


Why Alka Lamba walked away from the AAP
Things started out well between Lamba and the AAP. However, that relationship soon turned sour. Only two days ago, Lamba allegedly tried to slap an AAP member before being pulled back by the police at Majnu ka Tila.

Lamba joined Congress in 1994 under the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI). A year later, she won the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU).
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Her relationship with Congress ended up being a 20-year affair. However, when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was formed, Lamba quit Congress to join them on 26 December 2014.

During the 2015 Delhi election, Lamba won in Chandi Chowk. However, after AAP lost in the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, she sought accountability from chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Subsequently, she was removed from AAP’s official WhatsApp group of lawmakers.

During the campaigning for the Lok Sabha election, Lamba refused to participate and refrained from playing a part in Kejriwal’s roadshow after she was asked to walk behind his car.

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Later in April, she was involved in a Twitter spat with AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj after he’d goaded her with a taunt to resign from the party. Another rough patch hit when Lamba raised objections against AAP’s decision to pass a resolution to revoke Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna.

Citing repeated disrespect, she quit the AAP in September 2019 — and went back to Congress.
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