Sunday, February 8, 2015
Aam Admi Party (AAP) To Push BJP To Second Place In New Delhi
India's Narendra Modi was forecast to suffer first major set back of his premiership on Saturday as exit polls showed his party had been defeated in election to New Delhi's state assembly by Arvind Kejriwal's AAP. Five exit polls released after ending voting at 0600 PM indicated that capita's former chief minister Kejriwal had comfortably defeated Hindu nationalist Bhartia Janata Party (BJP) with four of then forecasting overall majority. While polls have been wide of the mark in the past, victory will be particularly sweet for the anti-corruption champion, trounced by Modi when they both battled for seat of Varanasi in May's general election. AAP's workers celebrated and distributed sweets at party's office after exit polls projected him as the new chief minister. Kejriwal thanked the workers ans said you rejected the politics of caste and religion. He added people want corruption free and bribery free Delhi. Kiran Bedi, former policewoman and a pick by Modi for chief ministership, and she hoped Modi's strong support would be decisive, refusedto throw in the towel after the exit polls were released. Kejriwal's compaign had been based around promises of lower utility bills, and free wifi for Delhi's 17 million people as well as pledges to counter corruption.