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A march halted,and a realisation

After a quick bath,Harsh Vardhan went downstairs to his office where TV channels were waiting for interviews.

It was a hectic Sunday for BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan as visitors and mediapersons made a beeline to his house since morning.

His wife Nutan and daughter Inakshi played the perfect host as scores landed at their two-storey house in the narrow lanes of Krishna Nagar. Asked if she was nervous,Nutan said,“We are not nervous. We have faith that people will elect the right man to run the city.” It was 8.30 am.

After a quick bath,Harsh Vardhan went downstairs to his office where TV channels were waiting for interviews. Those who had come to congratulate him had to wait.

Flanked by his wife and daughter,he sat before a TV set to track the results. At one point,he invited everybody to join him for breakfast.

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Family members,friends and relatives clapped at every seat the BJP won. As supporters started bursting crackers and distributing sweets,Harsh Vardhan told them,“Please wait for the results.”

He didn’t have time to analyse the trends since he was told he had to go to his polling station to collect the victory certificate. Even there,he was surrounded by the media. “These are trends and we are not sure of the magic figure yet. I cannot comment on what will be our first step after coming to power. But I would like to congratulate Arvind Kejriwal on the surprising numbers that he managed to pull off. The party’s performance deserves praise. I would also like to thank Sheilaji for serving the city for 15 years,” he said.

From the counting centre near Akshardham temple,he went to the party’s national office on Ashoka Road,where all the leaders had gathered for the parliamentary board meeting. The sound of drums and crackers filled the air. Supporters distributed ladoos near a huge poster of BJP president Rajnath Singh and Modi,congratulating states and party workers.

Despite the celebrations,the BJP could not notch up the numbers required to form a government in Delhi. “I need to rush to a core group committee meeting.” With that,Harsh Vardhan left for the home of Delhi election in-charge Nitin Gadkari.

Delay cost BJP

* The close finish could have been avoided had the BJP put its house together earlier. The outcome highlights how infighting and late projection of Harsh Vardhan as the chief ministerial candidate cost BJP dear.

* Party sources said the central leadership took too long to quell infighting and rebellion in the party. Harsh Vardhan was announced as the CM candidate just one-and-a-half month ahead of polling.