NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met with his deputy Manish Sisodia and other senior AAP leaders on Wednesday at his home as the counting of votes cast in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections was taking place.
Senior party figure Raghav Chaddha and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann were also present.
The Mayor would be from AAP, according to spokesperson Sanjeev Jha, who was speaking to the media at the party's headquarters.
"Delhi has been littered by the BJP; it will be cleaned up, and Arvind Kejriwal's government will be established in MCD. To make Delhi more pristine and attractive, the people of Delhi had chosen to install AAP in MCD, he claimed.
The AAP has won 75 seats, according to the results announced by the State Election Commission (SEC), while the BJP has secured 54.
Out of a total of 250 wards, 82% of the votes have been counted so far. In order to win, a party needs to win 126 wards.
As the counting revealed a fight that was considerably closer than the AAP sweep projected by exit polls, AAP leaders got into a discussion. Rushing the home of Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal were Manish Sisodia and Raghav Chadha. Bhagwant Mann, the chief minister of Punjab, joined them.
Sources claim that since the morning, the AAP office has kept balloons and joyful banners on hand. Four exit polls taken together saw AAP winning in 155 wards, 84 seats for the BJP, and seven for the Congress.
Both the AAP and the BJP, which now hold power over various aspects of Delhi's governance through the state and federal administrations, are vying for every seat. The nominations of three of the Congress' candidates were denied on technical grounds, hence the party is contesting 247 wards.
The AAP started preparing in early 2017. "We've improved things under the state, now let us take care of sanitation too," was the pitch that was maintained. The BJP's identical pitch of "Modi's double engine" and the AAP's "Kejriwal's government, Kejriwal's corporator" also capitalised on the faces of their main leaders.