New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: “I love you”. This is how a happy Arvind Kejriwal, with a smiling face and his wife by his side, greeted the people of Delhi who chose to re-elect the Aam Aadmi Party to rule the city-state for a third straight term. 

Riding on its development agenda, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party was on Tuesday set for a resounding victory in the Delhi assembly elections to retain power for a third term.

As votes for the February 8 elections were counted, the AAP was leading in 63 of 70 seats and the BJP in seven, leaving the Congress virtually decimated in a city it had ruled for three consecutive terms under Sheila Dikshit, according to Election Commission figures.

He said a new kind of politics has emerged from the Delhi Assembly polls with people rewarding the party which built schools, hospitals and provided cheap electricity round-the-clock.

"I love you," Kejriwal said in a brief address to joyous supporters and party workers at the AAP's headquarters in the national capital.

"It is a victory of the people of Delhi who considered me their son... Lord Hanuman has blessed us. May god give us more strength to serve people of Delhi," he said.

"Bharat mata ki jai...Inquilab zindabad," Kejriwal said as he started addressing the supporters. 

According to the EC's website, Kejriwal was leading from the New Delhi constituency. He reached the party office as the counting got underway.

Counting centres are spread across 21 locations, spanning 70 constituencies. Polling for the 70-member Delhi Assembly was held on Saturday. 

The elections in the national capital took place in the midst of massive protests in the city and elsewhere over the new citizenship law, the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register.

The AAP had also registered a sensational victory in 2015 by winning 67 seats in a hurricane march that almost wiped out the BJP and the Congress.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta