AAP set to sweep Delhi polls
New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party was on course to script history as the party was headed towards a landslide victory with a lead in a staggering 55 seats in the 70-member assembly while its nearest rival BJP was ahead in only 12 seats.
The Congress was leading in only one seat while INLD was ahead in another seat.
AAP chief Kejriwal was leading in the prestigious New Delhi constituency while BJP’s Chief Ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi was trailing in Krishna Nagar seat, considered a traditional stronghold of the party.
Congress’ Ajay Maken was trailing in Sadar Bazar seat.
Expressing happiness over the party’s performance, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said, “it was not just under class, but the middle class also voted for AAP. The (Narendra Modi) juggernaut seems to have halted at least for now.”
Reacting to the election trends, BJP said the polls were a referendum on Kejriwal and it should not be linked to theperformance of Narendra Modi government.
“I do not see in this way,” BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said when asked whether the elections were a referendum on Modi’s performance.
“In this election it was a referendum on Arvind Kejriwal. That’s how people of Delhi saw it. I think people have certainly voted for Kejriwal. It was a referdum of AAP’s 49 days in office and its performance. People felt they should be given a chance,” he said.
Hailing AAP’s performance, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Baneerjee called the election result of Delhi a turning point in the country’s political situation.
“Delhi election is a turning point of the present political situation. Shows political vendetta has no place in a democracy. Country needed this change,” she said in a tweet.