Delhi Polls: Exit polls predict win for Aam Aadmi Party, BJP to improve the tally
Over 1.47 crore voters people Saturday exercised their franchise to decide the fate of 672 candidates in the 70-member Assembly as exit polls have predicted the Aam Aadmi Party will retain power in Delhi leaving the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a distant second while the Congress appears to remain in the realm of political irrelevance in the capital's political landscape.
North East Delhi registered the highest voter turnout with 62.75 percent, while New Delhi recorded the lowest turnout with 51.57 percent exercising their franchise.
North West Delhi recorded 54.35 percent turnout, South Delhi saw 53.15 percent, the Central Delhi 53.05 percent, the South West Delhi 54.69, East Delhi 56.08, West Delhi 54.88. The voter turnout in New Delhi constituency, which had the highest number of candidates--28- including the Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal, was 51.57 percent compared to 64.72 percent during the 2015 polls when Kejriwal defeated three-time Chief Minister late Sheila Dikshit by a margin of more than 30,000 votes.
Exit polls on Saturday forecast a win for the Aam Aadmi Party again in Delhi for the third consecutive time leaving the BJP a distant second while Congress may not open its account.
The Times Now-IPSOS exit polls predicted that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will retain power with AAP winning 44 seats against 26 for the BJP.
The Republic-Janki Baat survey gave the AAP 46-61 seats and the BJP 9-21 seats. The ABP News C Voter gave AAP 49-63 seats and BJP 5-1.
TV9 Bharatvarsh Cicero predicted 52-64 for AAP and 6-16 to BJP. Counting of votes will be held on February 11. A party will need 36 seats to stake a claim to form the government in Delhi.
There was a decline of more than nine percentage points over the 2015 assembly elections in Delhi when 67.12 percent of the voters came to vote.
This is for the first time since 1998 when Delhi has witnessed a drop in voter turnout over previous assembly elections. In 1998, the capital had recorded a voter turnout of just 48.99 percent.
In 2003, 2008,2013 and 2015, the turnout was 53.42, 57.58, 65.63 and 67.12 percent respectively.