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India’s Common Man Party set for historic win in Delhi
February 10, 2015, 5:29 am

AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal with supporters on February 10, 2015 [PTI]

AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal with supporters on February 10, 2015 [PTI]

Indian anti-graft party Aam Admi (Common Man) is set for a massive landslide victory in the Assembly elections of the national capital.

Arvind Kejriwal, who was briefly chief minister of Delhi last year, is leading his Aam Admi party to a majority win as early leads show they are ahead in 63 out of 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s defeat in Delhi would be the first major setback for the party since winning power. Latest results show Modi’s party is ahead in six seats.

“This may be a historic day! The juggernaut likely to halt. David likely to overcome Goliath,” tweeted AAP member and senior leader Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday morning.

The Congress party, which was in power in the Delhi for 15 years until 2013, is trailing at the third spot.

Millions of residents in India’s capital queued up on Saturday to cast their votes in the city polls that were expected to provide an indication of how Indians perceive the work of the new government and the “pro-reform” Indian Prime Minister Modi.

In recent weeks, an army of AAP volunteers has trudged through the alleys of the city’s poorest neighbourhoods to try to tap a deep vein of dissatisfaction that has gripped New Delhi residents, particularly over a soaring cost of living.

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is likely to be sworn in as Chief Minister of Delhi on 14 February.

 

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