"This also shows that if there is an alternative to the BJP, people will choose them", said Pinarayi Vijayan in his statement. At the counting centre, right now, I can see I am getting double the votes as compared to the BJP candidate.
Congress, which drew a blank in 2015 Assembly elections, is likely to repeat its dismal show in the national capital, according to exit polls released after voting ended on Saturday. "The exit polls are rough estimates, I am confident that the BJP will form the government in Delhi with full majority", he said. The other three seats were secured by the BJP.
Incidentally, BJP has won all of the seven MP seats in Delhi in the parliament elections which happened less than a year ago.
In the last assembly elections of 2015, the newly-formed AAP came to power with a landslide victory, winning 67 of the 70 State assembly constituencies. "You wait and watch, we will register a massive win", AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh told reporters.
Infighting within BJP - several Delhi leaders have been routinely projected as the face of the party in the city-state - also became clear in November and December, but dissent was clamped down by the central leadership swiftly.
Counting of votes began in Delhi on Tuesday, after the February 8 Assembly polls amidst a high-pitched electoral battle.
- AAP's Dilip Pandey who was trailing in the previous rounds, is now leading with over 1500 votes from Timarpur constituency.
AAP's Shoaib Iqbal won the seat by a margin of over 50,000 votes against the BJP candidate. "It's our (opposition parties) responsibility to give a stable and development governments", said Pawar adding that during its campaign BJP tried to spread communal poison but people have rejected it. "This is nearly two per cent more than the 2019 Lok Sabha polls", which makes the matter "more interesting". The final vote tally is expected later in the evening.
The BJP also tried to portray the Delhi elections as a referendum on the ongoing protests, particularly at Shaheen Bagh.
The party's campaign committee chairman Kirti Azad's wife, Poonam Azad, lost badly and stood fourth, polling only 2,604 (2.23).
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