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BJP remains optimistic as Aam Admi Party celebrates

kejriwalbediNEW DELHI: In a few hours from now, Delhi will have its new chief minister. The BJP has rejected the exit polls that predict a clear majority for the Aam Aadmi Party.

If the exit poll predictions hit the bull’s eye, it could possibly be the first turning point of the Narendra Modi wave. So far riding the Modi wave, the saffron graph has only been soaring.

Delhi — the base of India’s Prime Minister — could change all that.

On Monday, while long queues and crowds were seen at AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, it was a day of review meetings at the BJP headquarters.

BJP general secretary (organisation) Ramlal also held a meeting of spokespersons and leaders who will participate in TV debates to discuss poll results on Tuesday.

Sources said BJP leaders were given tips on how to react if it wins or loses.

BJP president Amit Shah, who has been holding a series of meetings with party leaders, both before polling day and after, will be in Ahmedabad on Monday for his son’s wedding. Many senior BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Cabinet ministers, are also expected to attend the function.

Exuding confidence about getting a good result, BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain said: “The BJP is confident of its victory. Exit polls and opinion polls come, but according to the feedback from our workers, Kiran Bedi’s government will be formed in Delhi and BJP workers are behind this victory.”

Most of his party colleagues, however, sounded cautious. Dismissing the exit polls predictions, BJP has claimed that it will form the government in Delhi, where it has been out of power for 16 years.

Some BJP leaders said the exit polls were favourable to the AAP as those who had voted for it were more vocal than those who had supported the BJP.

Long queues and crowds were seen at Kejriwal’s residence in Kaushambi on Monday. Ever since the exit polls predicted the AAP was emerging as the winner, visitors have been queuing up at the former Delhi chief minister’s Girnar Apartments flat.

For many, Kejriwal is already the next chief minister of Delhi. Bouquets have been reaching his residence ever since the exit polls predictions started on Saturday evening.

Security at Kejriwal’s residence has been beefed up, with the Delhi police and Ghaziabad police deploying extra personnel and taking other measures.

AAP leaders Ashutosh and Ashish Khetan visited Kejriwal, even though no formal meeting took place. Hundreds of AAP volunteers, who could not meet Kejriwal on Sunday, queued up outside his residence to meet and congratulate him. The media, both print and television, was out in full strength outside Kejriwal’s residence. AAP leaders say they are confident of winning over 40 seats.

In the last Assembly polls in 2013, the BJP had secured 32 seats, including one won by its Akali Dal ally, while the AAP got 28 seats, followed by the Congress with just eight seats.  – From the Asian Age

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