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Early trends show BJP, AAP neck-and-neck in Delhi civic polls

New Delhi: In stark contrast to the ‘landslide’ victory the exit polls predicted for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi civic body elections, held on December 4, early trends show a neck-and-neck race with the BJP.

As of 10 am, leads for all 250 seats are in. The AAP is leading in 124 seats and the BJP in 111. The Congress, however, is far behind with just 10 seats in its favour.

The exit polls on Monday showed that the AAP was going to sweep the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls by winning more than 150 of the 250 municipal wards with the BJP emerging as a distant second.

The results of this election, largely touted as a three-cornered contest among a spirited AAP, a confident BJP and a hopeful Congress, may have ramifications beyond the national capital.

Both the AAP and the BJP have exuded confidence that they will emerge victorious in the polls, as the Congress seeks to regain lost turf.

The high-stakes election to the 250 wards of the MCD was held on December 4, sealing the electoral fate of 1,349 candidates in voting machines. A voter turnout of 50.48 per cent was registered in the elections.

The counting of votes began at 8 am amid tight security, officials said.

(With PTI inputs)

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