With trends indicating a comfortable win for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi assembly elections, the party headquarters on Tuesday witnessed grand celebrations with music and flash mobs.
Leads available at noon showed that AAP was leading in 57 of the 70-assembly seats, while close contender Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was ahead in only 13 constituencies. Congress was yet to open its account.
As AAP volunteers gathered in large numbers around the party office, security has been beefed up in the area, with central paramilitary troops on standby along with the Delhi police. The police has sealed off certain access points to this area.
"Today, once again in Delhi AAP has achieved a historic mandate under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal. The people of Delhi have chosen their leader and no one can defeat him," senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.
The BJP had made the ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019, at Shaheen Bagh a talking point in its campaign for the polls that were held on 8 February. Given today's mandate, AAP said it was an outcome of issue-based voting.
"Amit Shah and his cabinet and 300 BJP leaders stood up to bring him (Kejriwal) down, but their entire hate politics and power could not pull him down and Delhi brought him back showing that people vote on issues and not religion-based politics," Singh added.
Further down the road, Congress office wore a deserted look, as neither a party worker nor a leader could be seen.