As Delhi’s fate went into the hands of the voters, the excitement which was so hyped during the campaign seemed missing. With less than 30% voter turnout till 2 PM, the numbers suggested that people are not too enthusiastic about exercising their democratic powers. The figures did touch a relatively better mark of 54.65% when the polls concluded at 6 PM, the overall turnout significantly short compared to 2015 polls when over 67% registered their vote.
The AAP had secured 54.3 percent of the vote in the 2015 assembly polls, while the BJP got 32 percent and Congress only managed 9.6 percent. While the AAP won 67 seats in 2015, the party has given the BJP one seat in a by-poll since then, and six of its members were barred from joining other parties.
The election will be the first electoral check of the BJP since massive protests about the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which is accused of violating India’s secular constitution and discriminating against Muslims erupted nearly two months back.
The BJP held a high-voltage drive, optimistic that in last year’s Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, its seven-out – of-seven-score suggests a promising curve that could even unseat Mr. Kejriwal. The group, which has not yet appointed a candidate for the job of the chief minister, has dubbed Mr. Kejriwal a “criminal” who makes false claims and sides with forces that are “anti-national.”
AAP approached the election with the difficult task of matching its count for 2015, highlighting the progress on the education and health sector. The party is betting on their free power and water, upgrading schools in the city and opening mohalla clinics.