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Contrasting moods in party camps

Contrasting moods in party camps
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The mood is understandably upbeat in Aam Aadmi Party with  exit polls predicting a landslide for the party. Bharatiya Janata Party workers appeared apprehensive due to less than encouraging exit poll forecasts, but party leaders have expressed confidence about a comfortable victory.

The Congress appears reconciled that it will finish third and party leaders are hoping its tally is not worse than the eight it won in the 2013 election.

The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for counting across 14 centres in the
national capital. Counting will start at 8 a.m. and a picture about the likely winner is likely to emerge in two hours. Though it is a working day for residents of the capital, the trends are expected to be closely followed on radio, television and the web.

The results hold wider political ramifications, particularly for the BJP, which is the party in power at the centre and has had a good electoral run since the Lok Sabha election.

Over 10,000 security personnel, including from the paramilitary forces have been guarding 20,000 electronic voting machines (EVM) which contain the votes cast in Delhi polls Saturday.

With margins expected to be slim on many seats, political parties have asked their candidates to keep a close watch on counting and immediately raise any suspicion.

Volunteers of AAP have been keeping a round-the-clock watch outside some centres where EVMs have been kept. The process of counting will be video graphed.

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who spent a relaxed day on Sunday and watched a movie with some party leaders, Monday met party workers and volunteers from New Delhi seat which he is contesting. AAP workers have planned massive victory celebrations bolstered by poll forecasts. Stages have been erected outside the AAP office in East Patel Nagar for the media and volunteers.
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