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Delhi election: AAP takes lead, BJP distant in early leads

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Ground Report, New Delhi : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has taken early trends even as counting began for the Delhi Assembly elections. The BJP too has opened its account.

Among the key candidates, AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal, Raghav Chadha and Manish Sisodia, and BJP’s Tejinder Singh Bagga and Kapil Mishra are leading in their respective constituencies, as per the initial reports. The AAP’s office decorated ahead of announcement of results.

Delhi is witnessing a three-cornered contest in the Assembly election this time with AAP, BJP and Congress battling it out to grab power.

Earlier today, Sisodia offered prayers at his residence ahead of counting. “Oh God! Lead us from untruth to truth. Take us to light from the darkness. Take us to the sense of immortality from death,” Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.

Exit polls have predicted a big win for the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, but the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders maintained that the surveys would fall flat. The counting began at 8 am and will be held in multiple rounds

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Tight security arrangements have been put in place at various centers across Delhi, he said. The counting centres are spread across 21 locations, spanning the 70 constituencies. Each centre has several counting halls. The counting centres are located across 11 districts, including at CWG Sports Complex in east Delhi, NSIT Dwarka in west Delhi, Meerabai Institute of Technology and G B Pant Institute of Technology in southeast Delhi, Sir CV Raman ITI, Dheerpur in central Delhi, and Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Bawana in north Delhi.

Meanwhile, an AAP supporter reached Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence with his children. Another AAP supporter was seen outside the party office in the national capital. He held a poster that read ‘2024 Kejriwal vs Modi’. Delhi saw only 62.59% voter turnout, a drop from 67.12% turnout during last Assembly elections.

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While Kejriwal will look to return for a third stint in power in Delhi, the BJP, which last formed a government in 1993 and is coming on the back of electoral setbacks in Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, is looking to regain political foothold in the national capital.