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New Delhi election: Kejriwal’s AAP stuns Modi’s BJP with huge win

AAP wins 28 seats and leads in another 35 while BJP wins two seats and leads in five in 70-member assembly, results say.

Kejriwal called the verdict a 'win for Bharat Mata (Mother India)' [Money Sharma/AFP]

Kejriwal called the verdict a ‘win for Bharat Mata (Mother India)’ picture credit – [Money Sharma/AFP]

Delhi’s governing Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party or AAP) is on course for a stunning win in the assembly elections, according to the latest poll results.

With counting of votes nearing completion, the AAP won 28 seats and was leading in another 35 of the 70 constituencies, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 2 seats and was leading in another five, the Election Commission said on Tuesday.

The Congress party, led by Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, repeated its 2015 performance and once again drew a blank. Full results were expected later on Tuesday.

“Dilliwalon [residents of Delhi], I love you,” said AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal addressing party workers in New Delhi. He called the verdict a “win for Bharat Mata (Mother India)”.

The results show the BJP’s divisive campaigning did not seem to pay off, as voters opted for incumbent Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s pro-poor policies.

“The Delhi result is extremely important because it signals a defeat of the politics of polarisation and division that BJP unleashed here,” political analyst Zoya Hasan told Al Jazeera.

“This election was perhaps the most hate-filled election in India’s electoral history. The Delhi voter has given a very good message to the country that hate politics doesn’t work …” said Hasan, who is also Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

“I hope the BJP will learn a lesson and shouldn’t repeat this kind of blatant hate politics in other states that are going to elections in the next two years.”

Exit polls released on Saturday projected the AAP, led by Kejriwal, winning more than 50 seats. In the last elections held in 2015, the incumbent party won 67 out of 70 seats.

Nearly 61 percent of the capital’s 14.7 million voters cast their ballots on Saturday in elections believed to be a litmus test for Modi in the wake of deadly anti-government protests that erupted nearly two months ago.

Neha Tyagi, vice president of AAP’s women wing, said: “We were expecting a win, but the way it is trending we are happy.”

“People have voted for the development work that AAP has been able to deliver in the last tenure,” she told Al Jazeera.

News Credit – www.aljazeera.com

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