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Delhi anxiously awaits poll results on super Sunday

Neelam Pandey and Sidhartha Roy, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 07, 2013
First Published: 22:36 IST(7/12/2013) | Last Updated: 22:57 IST(7/12/2013)

Not only the political leaders, but Delhiites too are waiting impatiently for the super Sunday as results for the Delhi elections would be out by afternoon.

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The city, which has so far always witnessed a fight between two established parties, the competition was made triangular due to the entry of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The elections are crucial for the BJP as being in the opposition for the past 15 years it is hoping to translate the double anti-incumbency against the Congress into a win. The assembly elections have also been viewed as a stepping stone for the 2014 elections and hence a win will definitely boost the morale of the party.

“I was sure about BJP getting majority yesterday and my stance is still the same today. We just have to wait till tomorrow morning,” said Harsh Vardhan, chief ministerial candidate of BJP, who carried out his usual routine and relaxed with his family members.

While the BJP looks confident of winning the polls, there are many leaders who have also raised concerns about AAP eating into their share. A meeting was also held on Sunday chaired by state unit president Vijay Goel to get feedback from the district presidents and office bearers who have pointed out that AAP has created a huge dent. Goel has also maintained that it is keeping all options open.

“Winning Delhi is also very crucial for Narendra Modi and 2014 polls. The assembly elections the voter turnout has also been quite high and it seems likely that we will emerge as the single largest party,” said a senior BJP leader.

Confident of its win, the party has already made arrangements for 200 odd ladoos which have been kept at the central office – Ashoka Road while crackers have been stored at the Pandit Pant Marg office.

The polls may act as a defining factor for the Congress and chief minister Sheila Dikshit too. “Though a number of exit polls have shown that Congress is headed for a defeat we are still hoping for the best,” said a Congress leader.

AAP leaders are also quite enthusiastic about the results and many of the volunteers would be at the Hanuman Road office to see live updates as a television screen has been placed at the veranda. On Saturday, media cranes had already been stationed outside AAP office for live coverage as soon as results start pouring in.

The counting process would begin from 8 am on Sunday at 14 different counting centres. Data from 14,272 EVMs would be retrieved, apart from physical counting of more than 40,000 postal ballots.

Senior officials of the Delhi Electoral Office said that trends are expected to emerge from 12 noon and the process should be wrapped up by 4 pm. For the first time, the counting process is also expected to be webcast on the electoral office's website.

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