New Delhi, February 11
Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party took a big lead over its closest rival, the BJP, in very early leads as counting began for the Delhi election today. Early leads showed the BJP leading, but AAP soon raced ahead, leading in over 50 seats to the BJP’s 16.
Exit polls have predicted another term for Arvind Kejriwal, who came to power in 2015 with a massive mandate – forgiven after his apology for the 49-day government of 2014. Exit polls have also predicted a better performance for the BJP, which powered its campaign on the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests at Shaheen Bagh. The campaign has been bitter and polarised, the political discourse bogged down by hate speeches. A last-minute controversy arose after the voting, over the Election Commission’s delay in announcing the final polling figures. Mr Kejriwal’s AAP has alleged tinkering of Electronic Voting Machines – possibility the poll commission brushed off.
The BJP said AAP was making excuses for defeat even before the votes have been counted.