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Delhi is not the Capital city of India. New Delhi, a district of Delhi, is Capital city of India. Old Delhi, which looks entirely different from New Delhi area, is about 6 Km north of the city center. Delhi is a city and union territory of India. Delhi is officially known as National Capital Territory of Delhi.

There are many legends associated with the name of Delhi. One group legend holds that the names is derieved from Dilu, a king who built a city at present location of Delhi around 50 BC. Another legend argues that the name comes from Prakrit word "dhilli" as the soil was not strong enough to hold the Iron Pillar by Tomaras. The coins that were used by Tomaras in the region were also called "delhiwal". Some mythologist argues, King Prithviraja of Indraprastha built a fort at present location of Purana Qila for the people of this region. He named the forst "dehail", so tha name Delhi. Another legend suggests that the name Delhi is a corruption of Dhillika. The people of Delhi are popularly known as Delhites or Dilliwalas.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modiís Hindu nationalist party suffered a humiliating defeat in a prestigious election for the local government in the capital, New Delhi Ė the first held since widespread protests erupted against a new citizenship law that critics say is anti-Muslim. It is another setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, that has suffered a series of electoral reversals in state polls despite its commanding victory in parliamentary elections last May.

Though Delhi elections are normally three-way contests, the one held on 08 February 2020 was largely seen as a face-off between the AAP and the BJP. Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP - Common Manís party) won a total of 62 seats. The the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was far behind, winning eight of the 70 Assembly constituencies. The Indian National Congress, a once-mighty party in the capital territory, drew a blank for the second consecutive assembly election.

Arvind Kejriwal -- who is all set to be chief minister for the third time -- touted himself as a good governance man, promised doorstep delivery of rations and offered spoken English classes and a patriotism curriculum to school students. His campaign slogan told voters, "Acche beete paanch saal" -- five years have gone by "well". The Aam Aadmi party had wooed voters on its record of improving schools and health care facilities in the city of 20 million people, providing subsidized electricity for low-income families and free bus rides for women.

The BJP, on the other hand, didn't declare a prospective chief minister (a detail the AAP tried repeatedly to drum into voters' minds, in an apparent attempt to make the contest 'presidential') and its pledges included a subsidy on wheat flour and increased spending on health and education. The party was last in power in Delhi in the 1990s. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari promised a corruption-free government and a development board for the newly-authorised colonies, if elected. Manoj Tiwari said that if BJP forms the next government in Delhi then people will get clean water in their taps and the dependency on water tankers will become zero.

The Hindu nationalist BJP, meanwhile, had focused a polarizing campaign on a nearly two-month long sit-in in a Muslim neighborhood. Protesters have demanded the rollback of the citizenship law that excludes Muslim immigrants from three neighboring countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan - from becoming citizens in a fast-track process. Making nationalism its poll plank, senior BJP ministers had called protesters unpatriotic and traitors who wanted to break up the country.

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