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Delhi election: Arvind Kejriwal's victory in cartoons

Indian anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal's spectacular win in the Delhi state elections was captured by cartoonist Ravi Chunchula for BBC Hindi.

The Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) won 67 of 70 assembly seats, relegating Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP to a poor second place with three seats. Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul - who led the Congress party campaign - are depicted here inside a zero as the party failed to win even one seat.

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While Mr Kejriwal's AAP continues to march ahead, the three BJP winners are seen huddled in a corner. Congress leaders are left wondering why they did so badly.

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With the broom as his election symbol, Mr Kejriwal promised to sweep away corruption from Delhi if voted to power. The results show the humble broom has hoisted him to the chief minister's chair, protecting him from the "venomous" campaign launched by his political rivals.

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It's the first setback for the prime minister since his party's general election landslide last May and the rout has given him plenty to think about.

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He chose Kiran Bedi to challenge Mr Kejriwal. With her tough record on crime, India's first woman police officer seemed just the person to win over Delhi voters - many observers said choosing her was "a master-stroke". But she even lost in her own seat - Krishna Nagar - which has long been a BJP stronghold.

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BJP chief Amit Shah (left) and Mr Modi reportedly chose Ms Bedi without consulting local party leaders in Delhi, leaving many unhappy that an "outsider" had been brought in. On Tuesday, Mr Modi and Mr Shah kept out of the limelight, leaving her to explain the rout. Many were left wondering what the three would discuss if they met now.

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The Aam Aadmi Party was widely expected to win the polls but the scale of its victory has defied all expectations. In the thought bubble here, Ms Bedi is seen complaining that instead of using his broom, Mr Kejriwal has swept the BJP away with a vacuum cleaner.

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