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.
Analysts are saying that the results in Delhi will have wider political ramifications, particularly for the BJP, which has had a good electoral run since the Lok Sabha elections in May last year.
Stages have been erected outside the AAP office in East Patel Nagar for the media and volunteers. Four LED televisions sets have been installed in the open by AAP for workers to see trends and results. Kejriwal is expected to arrive at party headquarters in the afternoon to address people.
In its maiden election December 2013, the AAP stunningly won 28 seats compared to 31 of BJP and formed a government with Congress backing after a hung assembly. The AAP government resigned after 49 days.
BJP’s chief ministerial candidate 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.
Over 10,000 security personnel, including from the paramilitary forces have been guarding 20,000 electronic voting machines (EVM) which contain the votes cast in Delhi on Saturday, February 07.
Delhi saw a voter turnout of 67.14 percent Saturday and 673 candidates are in fray. Polling had taken place at 12,177 polling stations, of which 714 were identified as “critical”. Of these, 191 were “highly critical”.
The Burari constituency in North Delhi has a maximum of 18 candidates while the Ambedkar Nagar seat in South Delhi has the lowest number of contenders at four.
There are 63 contesting women candidates in this election as against 71 in 2013. The number of candidates from recognised national and state parties is 296 while 183 candidates belong to registered parties and there are 194 Independent nominees.
Congress, which exit polls have predicted will finish a distant third, is apparently not keeping too much expectations. PC Chacko, who is party in-charge of Delhi, said that the party does not believe in exit polls and they were waiting for actual results.