NEW DELHI: Aam Admi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal will return to power in Delhi for a third term with over two-thirds majority, according to most exit polls.
The BJP, which ran a polarising campaign to counter the AAP charge, will be reduced to second place while the Congress may be staring at yet another wipe-out, the pollsters say.
The Polstrat-NewsX has predicted 53-57 seats for AAP, 11-17 for the BJP and 0-2 seats for the Congress. The Republic-Jan Ki Baat exit poll has predicted 48-61 seats for AAP, 9-21 for the BJP and 0-1 for the Congress.
The Times Now-Ipsos exit poll has predicted 44 seats for Aam Aadmi Party and 26 for the BJP. ABP C-Voter exit poll, gives AAP 49 to 63 seats in Delhi. BJP to win 5 to 19 seats and Congress to win 0 to 4 seats.
India News Nation predicts AAP sweep in Delhi. According to its exit poll, AAP will win 55 seats, BJP 14 and Congress 1. Jan Ki Baat gives AAP 48-61 seats, BJP 9-21. Sudarshan News predicts 40-45 seats for AAP
Voting for the high-stakes Delhi Assembly election officially ended at 6 am on Saturday with a polling percentage of 56.67.
The election campaign saw the BJP aggressively raising the anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh as a poll issue, and the AAP hard-selling development as its poll plank. The vitriol with which politicians attacked one another drowned out serious debate in the run-up to voting. Meanwhile, the Congress party was conspicuous by its near absence during the campaign.
Of the 11 districts, northeast Delhi recorded a turnout of 63.4 per cent, the highest, while New Delhi saw 44.29 per cent, the lowest. There are 672 candidates in fray for 70 Assembly seats in Delhi.
The election results will be declared on February 11 (with inputs from agencies).
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