New Delhi: Workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) began celebrating as it was leading in 26 of the 68 seats for which trends were available at 11 a.m. as counting got underway Sunday morning of the votes cast in the elections to the 70-member Delhi assembly.
The party activists waved flags, raised slogans across the national capital celebrating the success.
A huge crowd of supporters gathered outside its Connaught Place office as it emerged that the debutant party was surging ahead of Congress, but trailing the BJP.
Many of them waved brooms in the air to express their joy and happiness. AAP’s election symbol is broom, which signifies sweeping away corruption and other ills.
By 11 a.m., trends showed that the Bharatiya Janata Party was ahead in 32 seats and the Congress in eight.
Donning the iconic Gandhi cap with Aam Aadmi Party written on it, the supporters cheered when they came to know that their founder Arvind Kejriwal was way ahead of three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the New Delhi constituency.
Kejriwal was ahead of his two main rivals with 10,438 votes to his credit against 4,909 of Dikshit, who has been the chief minister of Delhi since 1998. BJP’s Vijendra Gupta stood at third position with 3,347.
The supporters raised slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat mata ki jai’.
“We will win this time. Congress will go and Aam Admi Party will come as a winner,” said one of the supporters.
“People want change from corrupt government and AAP is the best choice,” said another.
Delhi voted Dec 1 to pick a new assembly.