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Delhi election: Kejriwal’s AAP takes lead over Modi’s BJP

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Delhi’s governing Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party or AAP) is leading with a huge margin while Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trailing behind in assembly elections, according to early trends.

The AAP is leading on more than 55 seats while the BJP is following with over 10 seats in the 70-member assembly.

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

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

Residents on Saturday lined up in long queues across New Delhi neighbourhoods, where nearly 61 percent of the capital’s 14.7 million voters cast their ballots.

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 newsmen

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