Posted on February 11, 2020, 1:19 PM IST
Delhi has opend handedly given the clean sweep to Aam Aadmi Party and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a huge mandate for the third consecutive time, but the CM’s front-line lieutenants are embroiled in nail-biters. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is trailing against BJP’s Ravinder Singh Negi in Patparganj. After trailing for a while in Kalkaji, Atishi is now leading against BJP candidate Dharambir Singh in. Among other keenly watched candidates, BJP’s Tajinder Bagga is trailing from Hari Nagar, while Kapil Mishra is now trailing in Model Town. Among the hot seats, AAP leader Amanatullah Khan is now leading against BJP's Braham Singh from Okhla. Shaheen Bagh, the epicenter of iconic protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, falls under this assembly constituency.
The charged battle for control of the capital saw the AAP battle the Bharatiya Janata Party, whose high-pitched campaign was anchored by home minister Amit Shah and not Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the Congress. Arvind Kejriwal, who had led his party to a spectacular win of 67 of 70 seats in 2015, is expected to address party workers and the media later in the day.
Meanwhile, celebrations begin at the office of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after trends indicate the party's success in the Delhi assembly polls.
DMK's Kanimozhi and former AAP leader Ashutosh hail the AAP's "victory". Kanimozhi tweeted saying, "A resounding NO to the "politics of hate". Congratulations to Arvind Kejriwal and AamAadmiParty for this huge victory (SIC)"
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, too, congratulated Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party for a "resounding victory".
M.K. Stalin tweeted, “I congratulate @ArvindKejriwal and @AamAadmiParty for forming government yet again in Delhi,on a massive mandate. This is clear vindication that development trumps communal politics. Federal rights and regional aspirations must be strengthened in the interest of our country.”