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AAP strides ahead: Reading the Delhi Assembly election 2020 trends

Delhi Assembly Election Results 2020: Even though the BJP is struggling in the number of seats, it seems to have improved its vote share from the last Assembly election in 2015.

Written by Mallica Joshi , Edited by Explained Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2020 2:20:03 pm
AAP strides ahead: Reading the Delhi Assembly election 2020 trends Delhi Assembly election results 2020: At the AAP headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Express Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

The people of Delhi seem to have made a clear choice — the Aam Aadmi Party (or AAP). The counting trends for Delhi Assembly polls show that AAP is returning to power convincingly, with the incumbent party leading on 57 out of 70 Assembly seats. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is a distant second, with leads in 13 seats. The Congress is not leading in any seat. In 2015, AAP had won 67 seats, while BJP had won 3.

For AAP, the one seat where trends have come as a major surprise is Patparganj — this is where deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia is a candidate. According to the party’s assessment, he was expected to win by a significant margin.

Sisodia was the only senior AAP leader who, during a television debate, said he stood in support of Shaheen Bagh just like he stood in support of JNU. During BJP’s door-to-door campaign, a video of him saying this was shared with voters across the constituency, something that party insiders think harmed Sisodia’s campaign.

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“Votes from the areas where AAP has the highest support have not been counted yet. We are confident we will recover,” a party leader said.

AAP strides ahead: Reading the Delhi Assembly election 2020 trends Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia at a counting centre in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna

Atishi, who along with Sisodia has been credited with improving infrastructure in government schools, was also trailing in the Kalkaji seat by 172 votes at the end of seven rounds of counting.

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In Okhla, under which Shaheen Bagh falls, AAP’s Amanatullah Khan — the only party leader to have been a regular at the anti-CAA protest sites in Shaheen Bagh and outside Jamia Millia Islamia — was trailing for the first two rounds but quickly made up the difference and is now leading comfortably.

AAP strides ahead: Reading the Delhi Assembly election 2020 trends At a counting centre in New Delhi, Tuesday. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

While AAP had focused its campaign on its core issues of bijli-paani (electricity and water), education and health, BJP, while trying to corner AAP on these issues, made the election about nationalism and Shaheen Bagh. The party, which got around 32 per cent of the vote share in 2015, had a share of 39 per cent as several rounds of counting remain.

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So far, AAP has managed to get a 53.2 per cent vote share. The Congress has around 4 per cent.

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