Kejriwal’s AAP is confident of win but BJP can still surprise many
GN Bureau | February 7, 2015
Delhi took to voting booths very early on Saturday along with VIPs like president Pranab Mukherjee, vice president Hamid Ansari, and ministers.
About 67 per cent of the capital voted on Sunday which was a turnout higher than that of the the assembly elections a year ago.
The high stakes battle for Delhi is important for both Bharatiya Janata Party and Aam Aadmi Party.
Amazing joy and sense of victory and success writ large across people. Mood of festivity...and celebration..thanku friends..— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) February 7, 2015
35 per cent voters turnout was recoded till 1 pm.
Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, Arvind Kejriwal alleged, "Polling slowed down in many places. Long queues. Its taking 2 hrs in some places. Voters returning...As per rules, 3 voters r allowed inside booth at a time. They r allowing only 1 voter, which has slowed down voting...Even lunch breaks being taken which is against rules. EC shud immediately intervene."
Polling slowed down in many places. Long queues. Its taking 2 hrs in some places. Voters returning(1/3)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 7, 2015
As per rules, 3 voters r allowed inside booth at a time. They r allowing only 1 voter, which has slowed down voting(2/3)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 7, 2015
Even lunch breaks being taken which is against rules. EC shud immediately intervene(3/3)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 7, 2015
Kiran Bedi on the other hand alleged that AAP was distributing cash and "forcing people" to vote. The BJP's candidate against Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi constituency, Nupur Sharma, 26, accused AAP workers of misbehaving with her and other women.
With parents, family, and people's blessings I have done my duty...now its your turn to vote for Safe+ Delhi pic.twitter.com/Z6WvNYFqCK— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) February 7, 2015
सब लोग नहा धोकर अपने अपने ईश को याद करके वोट डालने ज़रूर जाना :) आपकी अवश्य जीत होगी।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 7, 2015
As Delhi votes today, urging voters to go out & vote in large numbers. I particularly call upon my young friends to vote in record numbers.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 7, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "As Delhi votes today, urging voters to go out and vote in large numbers. I particularly call upon my young friends to vote in record numbers." And it seemed like the capital was going to set a new record as voting percentage had touched 20% at 11 am. The voting percentage in the previous assembly election was close to 67 percent; in the general election it was around 66 percent.
Kiran Bedi, the BJP's chief minister candidate also voted early. She has announced that she was going to visit over 12,000 polling booths in Delhi. She takes on Arvind Kejriwal, 46, for the top post.
The AAP, which had put up a good performance in the December 2013 assembly polls, seemed confident about its chances. "We expect to win more than 47 seats," said AAP leader Yogendra Yadav.
BJP’s Shazia Ilmi said, "people want a government that can convert their promises to reality. I'm confident that the BJP will come to power here as in the Centre."
Congress president Sonia Gandhi who cast her vote early told the media: "Whatever people want will happen."
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