AAP supporters outside party headquarters
AAP supporters outside party headquarters

Delhi polls: Three things the results show

  • AAP is leading in 63 seats, while the closest rival BJP is ahead in just 7 constituencies
  • Early trends had showed that AAP candidates received strong pushback by BJP in some seats in the capital

New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has once again swept the Delhi assembly polls. According to the Election Commission of India (EC), AAP is leading in 63 seats, while the closest rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ahead in just 7 constituencies. In the 2015-assembly elections, AAP had managed to claim 67 of the 70 seats, BJP had won in three and Congress, like this time, had not even opened its account.

Here are three things to look for in the results:

Clear mandate, tight contests

Leads show that AAP has got a clear mandate in Delhi. Even as the tally is lesser than that of 2015 assembly polls, AAP is well on its way to form a government with an landslide majority. However, early trends had showed that AAP candidates received strong pushback by BJP in some seats in the capital. Among the AAP candidates who were initially trailing were Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia from Patparganj and Atishi from the Kalkaji constituency. Both Sisodia and Atishi have overturned the early leads, winning their respective seats.

How is the vote-share?

AAP has managed to maintain its vote share from 2015. The party currently has a vote share of 53.5%. Meanwhile, the BJP vote share has improved from 2015 to 38.7%. Congress has seen a decline in its vote share, receiving just 4.29% of the total votes this time. The party had got approximately 9% of the votes in the 2015 elections.

The key performers

AAP national convener and Delhi chief minister Kejriwal is set to win for the third consecutive time from the New Delhi constituency. Kejriwal has got more than 65% of the votes. Key faces from Kejriwal's cabinet including Sisodia and Atishi have won. Interestingly, Janata Dal (United) is trailing in two seats. Congress is a distant third in all seats.

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