Delhi assembly polls: AAP takes big lead over rivals1 min read . Updated: 11 Feb 2020, 10:25 AM IST
- According to trends from Election Commission, the AAP was leading in 27 seats, while BJP in 16
- Exit polls had predicted a clean sweep for AAP, even as BJP was seen improving its 2015 performance
New Delhi: Incumbent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had a comfortable lead over its rivals as counting for the Delhi assembly elections got underway on Tuesday.
AAP was ahead in over 51 seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was leading in 19 seats, according to early trends.
As of 1000 am, according to the Election Commission of India, the AAP was leading in 27 seats, while BJP in 16.
If trends persist, the AAP will form government for a third consecutive term under the leadership of party convener and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi.
Exit polls had predicted a clean sweep for the AAP, even as BJP was seen improving its performance from the 2015 assembly elections.
This election, Delhi saw a keenly fought three-cornered battle between the AAP, BJP and the Congress. The AAP went into the election banking on its work in education, health, water and electricity.
The BJP had its hope pinned on the recent decisions of the central government including the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The poll campaign saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi address two election rallies, while Union home minister Amit Shah held multiple public meetings.
Kejriwal had addressed public meetings and road shows across the 70 constituencies.
For the Delhi assembly elections 2020, AAP had tied up with Prashant Kishor led I-PAC to lead the campaign for the party.
In 2015, the AAP had stormed to power, winning 67 of 70 seats. This time around while the party had retained 46 members of the legislative assembly, the list had 24 new names, including three leaders who had contested Lok Sabha elections from Delhi.