NEW DELHI: The Aam Admi Party (AAP) is set to retain power in Delhi with party establishing lead in 58 of the 70 seats in the Legislative Assembly as at 1 pm on Monday, February 11.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, which marshalled its resources to wrest the power, is trailing far behind with leads in 12 seats while the Congress which ruled the state consecutively for three before the emergence of AAP in 2013, has failed to secure lead in any seat so far.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari had expressed confidence that the saffron party will emerge victorious in the Assembly polls by winning about 50 seats. The BJP which had won only three seats in the 2015 assembly election had pinned its hope on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to gain power in the state.
The party had launched an aggressive nationalist campaign by deputing nearly 250 of its MPs and more than a dozen ministers. Home minister Amit Shah had led the campaign from the front going door to door and addressing small and big rallies across the state.
Yogi Adityanath, the firebrand chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, also addressed 12 election rallies. The entire focus of these leaders was to turn the majority of voters in their favour. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the face of the BJP in Delhi, also had addressed couple of election rallies.
Political analysts believe the setback the saffron party faces in Delhi is a rejection of its divisive politics. Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that the Delhi results is a befitting reply to the saffron party to its politics of hate and intolerance.
Addressing workers and volunteers at the party headquarters in Delhi, AAP's Sanjay Singh said: "People of Delhi have handed over a huge majority to their son. We are headed for a landslide. As of now, we are leading in 58 seats, but the number is set to rise. Your son was called a terrorist. Arvind Kejriwal was pained by it. It was said it's an India Pakistan match. Hindustan jeet Gaya!"
Though Delhi elections are normally three-way contests, the one held on February 8 was largely seen as a face-off between the AAP and the BJP. Arvind Kejriwal -- who will be chief minister for a third time if he wins -- 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".