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    Elections to the 70 seats in the Delhi Legislative Assembly are expected to be announced by the Election Commission in the first half of January. The elections are expected to be held in the first half of February, and the whole process is likely to be completed by the 15th. The term of the present assembly elected in 2015 ends on February 22.

    The previous Assembly elections were held in February 2015, in which the Aam Aadmi Party netted 67 of the 70 seats and went on to form the government with Arvind Kejriwal as the chief minister. CM Kejriwal has asserted that his party will "better" its tally this time on the strength of his government's performance. The Congress, as of now, is not much in the picture.

    The BJP has so far remained silent over its chief ministerial face, but reports quoting unnamed party sources said an announcement could come within a week. The party lost power in Delhi in 1998. In 2015, the party won only three seats though its performance in the Lok Sabha seats here have been excellent. Prakash Javadekar, who is in-charge of Delhi BJP for the assembly polls, said the party will contest elections highlighting the achievements of the Narendra Modi government.

    The BJP, which did not do well in the state elections held recently, will be raring to put up a big fight. In Jharkhand, it lost power to the JMM-Congress-RJD combine. In Maharashtra, it emerged the single largest party, but ally Shiv Sena broke ranks to form a government with NCP and Congress. In Haryana it was forced to share power with Dushyant Chautala.

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