In what would give a booster shot to the opposition unity, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party is all set to return to power in Delhi for a third term even though with a reduced number. Clearly a strong face of the campaign helped the Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi voters embraced Arvind Kejriwal’s campaign of a development agenda.
Addressing a public gathering after his landslide victory at his party headquarters, Kejriwal said: “I thank people of Delhi for reposing their faith in AAP for the third time. This the victory of the people who consider me as their son and voted for us.”
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“This is the beginning of a new kind of politics. This is a new sign,” he said, adding that, “this is the day of Lord Hanuman who has blessed the people of Delhi. We pray that Hanuman Ji keeps showing the right path to us so that we continue to serve people for the next five years.”
Amongst the BJP winners were Vijendra Gupta from Rohini, and Om Prakash Sharma from Vishwasnagar. Congress which ruled Delhi for over 15 years was decimated in the polls.
The major losers in the polls included Kapil Mishra of BJP, Arvinder Singh Lovely, Dr Narendra Nath, Haroon Yusuf, Alka Lamba and Poonam Azad, wife of former BJP MP and Cricketer Kirti Azad.
The counting process started at 8 am and 21 centres had been set up for the counting of the votes.
In these polls, a total number of 672 candidates out of which about 12% of them are women and 39% of them are at least graduates are in the fray.
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According to the exit poll estimates, the Aam Aadmi Party is expected to win with a comfortable majority but lower than the last elections and the BJP is expected to gain compared to 2015. The INC may only be able to win a handful of seats.
However, in the past various exit poll numbers have got it wrong and one has to wait for the final results to be declared. The majority mark to form the government in the national capital is 36.
In the 2015 assembly election, AAP had come to power with a majority of 67 out of 70 seats, garnering 54% of the vote share. BJP polled 32% votes in 2015 and the Congress got just 10% of votes in 2015.