Delhi election results: Aam Aadmi Party upbeat, BJP cautious on D-Day

In less than three hours from now, Delhi will know the results of the Assembly elections held last Saturday which saw a record turnout at 67 per cent despite the national capital subjected to two state elections and a national election in 14 months.

Most exit polls have predicted a decisive win for Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party in the 70-member Assembly while the BJP, which projected Kejriwal's former colleague Kiran Bedi as its chief ministerial candidate, is hoping to prove the predictions wrong.

According to the exit polls, the AAP was likely to get between 31 and a staggering 54 seats while the BJP could bag 17 to 35 seats. The Congress, which ruled Delhi for 15 years till December 2013, would win at most four seats, they said.

The AAP office in West Delhi's Patel Nagar has made elaborate arrangements with two stages set up in front of the three-storey building for journalists and party volunteers. The AAP leadership will track the verdict from the office itself. Sources in the AAP said Kejriwal is expected to address his party volunteers at 2 pm

If AAP proves the exit polls right, the two-year-old party will make one of the most spectacular comebacks in India's electoral history exactly a year after Kejriwal resigned on February 14 last year after 49 days in power. In its maiden election in December 2013, the AAP stunningly won 28 seats compared to 31 of the BJP and formed a government with Congress backing after a hung Assembly.

A victory for AAP will also prove to be a huge setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has helped the BJP win a series of elections since his landslide victory in Lok Sabha elections last year.

Kiran Bedi, who Monday addressed BJP workers at Karkardooma in her Krishna Nagar constituency and expressed gratitude for their support, said the party was expecting a victory. "Our workers have worked hard and we are confident to win the polls," she said.

The Congress, which exit polls have predicted will finish a distant third, is apparently not keeping too much expectations. P C Chacko, who is party incharge of Delhi, said that the party did not believe in exit polls and they were waiting for actual results.

Courtesy Niti Central


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