NEW DELHI(ANI): With counting of votes for the Delhi Assembly polls beginning, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Somnath Bharti on Tuesday said it is an important day for every citizen who hopes for a governance that can fulfil their aspirations.
“It is an important day for every citizen who hopes for a governance where aspirations can be fulfilled, AAP is that hope,” Bharti told ANI in Delhi.
Expressing confidence of his party’s victory in the Delhi polls, Bharti said the results are clear as the people have an alternative in AAP in Delhi.
“The BJP and Congress have robbed the people and think it is important to win the elections. In Haryana and Jharkhand, the people had no honest choice. In Delhi, they have AAP,” he added.
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had earlier thanked the people of the national capital for their support.
“My gratitud 2 Delhiites for their support. U r so amazing.U rejcted politics of caste n religion. Hope final results r as per exit polls,” Kejriwal posted on Twitter on Sunday.
Five out of seven exit polls have predicted that the AAP may return to power once again in the national capital, with the second place for the BJP. The Congress, which ruled Delhi for 15 years, has been placed at a distant third.
The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for the counting of votes. Counting will take place at 14 centers in nine districts of the national capital.
The entire process of counting will be video graphed. The Electronic Voting Machines are being heavily guarded at the counting centres.
A three-tier security will be in place at all the 14 counting centres.
A voter turnout of 67.08% was recorded in the polling for the 70-member Delhi Assembly. A total of 673 candidates are in the fray this time.
The maximum candidates to participate in the democratic process were recorded from the Burari constituency with 18 contenders fighting it out. The Ambedkar Nagar constituency had the lowest number of candidates at four.
Of the candidates, 296 belong to recognised national and state parties, with a further 183 contenders belonging to registered parties. The remaining 194 candidates are standing as independents.
Less than 10% of the candidates – only 63 – are women.