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Fingers crossed

Cong,BJP camps uncertain; débutant AAP confident of majority.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,who seeks a record fourth term in Delhi,will have her fingers crossed on Sunday. She faces the toughest battle of her political career with the emergence of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party having upset the calculations of both the Congress and the BJP.

While the AAP leaders were confident of securing an “outright majority”,the BJP camp too were keeping their fingers crossed in the wake of the uncertainty created by the débutant party.

Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel met all district presidents on Saturday and asked them to be prepared for any outcome. With Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi spearheading the party’s campaign after being nominated the PM candidate,the election will be a litmus test for Modi,who will be in Delhi on Sunday.

On Saturday,Dikshit chose to relax and spend time with family. “I am not an astrologer,tomorrow will showcase everything. For today,I am resting,reading,and catching up with family. Tomorrow,we will all be together for the counting and results,” she said.

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The thought of being ousted from power after 15 years,a possible fall aided in no small way by débutant AAP,is something many in the Congress are finding hard to digest. “The exit polls are hard to believe. I can understand someone predicting a BJP or Congress win. But to say that AAP will do better than both these parties is impossible,” another Congress leader said.

Dikshit,too rubbished the exit poll results as “extremely biased”. “I don’t believe in noisy exit polls,and I don’t waste time in watching or reading about them. I have put in my 100 per cent for the people of Delhi over the last 15 years,and I hope to continue to do that,” Dikshit said.

AAP spokesperson Manish Sisodia maintained the AAP will not ally with any other party. “The overwhelming response from the ground is that we are going to form a majority,” he said.

Delhi broke all previous records on Wednesday with 65.86 per cent of its electorate turning out to vote. Counting will be held in 14 locations across nine districts,to seal the results for 810 candidates in fray for 70 Assembly seats.