New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The exit polls on Saturday predicted that the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will likely retain power in the national capital while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be distant second.


Some of the exit polls even predicted that the AAP might even repeat its performance of 2015, when the party won as many as 67 off 70 assembly seats in Delhi.


As the exit polls predicted that the AAP will likely win the Delhi elections, state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari claimed that the saffron party would win 48 seats and form the next government in the national capital.


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“All of exit polls will fail. Save my tweet carefully. BJP will win around 48 seats and form the government in Delhi. Please do not search for excuses to blame the EVMs,” Tiwari tweeted.



BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi also brushed off exit polls and said “exit polls are not exact polls” while adding that the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will also lose his own assembly seat.


“We used to have these review meetings daily. Today, this meeting took place a bit early. In this review meeting, we analysed what we, our workers observed on the ground, the strong and weak points. Second, the exit polls were analysed,” Lekhi, quoted by news agency ANI, said.  


“Exit Polls are not the exact poll. I want to give an example that in 2019, exit polls were giving 220 seats to NDA whereas BJP alone won 303 seats. I am sure BJP will perform well,” she added.


AAP confident of winning the elections

The AAP, on the other hand, is confident winning the assembly election. Senior AAP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday said the party is winning the Delhi assembly elections by a huge margin.


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Taking to Twitter after the voting ended, Sisodia congratulated all the AAP workers for their hard work, saying the election is a ‘proof’ of their strong and selfless relationship.


“Voting ended! Hearty congratulations to all the activists. All worked from early morning to late night and some worked for 24 hours in the last days. This election is a proof of how selfless and strong our relationship is. We are winning by a huge margin,” Sisodia tweeted in Hindi, saluting the hard work of all his colleagues.


The party also held a meeting to review the preparedness for the security of electronic voting machines (EVMs). After the meeting, the party said that it would deploy its volunteers outside the 30 strong rooms where EVMs have been kept.


What the exit polls predicted?

The Exit polls predicted a big victory for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP with some indicating that it can even repeat its 2015 landslide when it had bagged 67 seats in the 70-member House.


The India Today-Axis poll forecast 59-68 seats for the AAP and 2-11 for the BJP, while the ABP-CVoter put the Delhi's ruling party's tally at anywhere between 49 and 63 and that of its main rival between five to 19.


The Times Now-Ipsos exit poll predicted that Kejriwal will retain power with the AAP winning 47 seats against 23 for the BJP. The Republic-Jan ki Baat survey gave the AAP 48-61 seats and the BJP 9-21 seats.


(With agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma