The 2013 assembly election has seen a new wave with just a year-old Aam Aadmi party led by beaureucrat-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal giving Congress a run for its money.
According to voting trends on Sunday, Congress' 15-year-rule appeared to come to an end with the AAP leader racing ahead of Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit. Kejriwal is ahead with 2,556 votes against 1,090 of Dikshit, a three-time chief minister.
Although none of the pre-poll surveys hinted at AAP's win, the stupendous show of the party is indicative of a hung assembly in Delhi.
Kejriwal shot to limelight when he joined hands with anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare in his movement for the Jan Lokpal Bill.
While the movement fizzled out after an initial craze, Arvind Kejriwal and some other members of Team Anna parted ways with Hazare and went on to float the Aam Aadmi Party.
With an agenda of a corruption-free government, the party for the first time focused on the common man instead of the cliched caste and religion planks used by most parties.
Ahead of the elections, Kejriwal even went on record appealing to the masses not to give anymore funds to them as they have already raised Rs20 crore to fight the assembly elections.
As the news of AAP's spectacular show broke, support for the party poured in on micr-blogging site Twitter:
— Loganathan (@logu_ceg) December 8, 2013
— Gaurav Kumar (@gaurav_k83) December 8, 2013
— Rishika Kothari (@connect2rish) December 8, 2013
— Niharika (@Lawbertarian) December 8, 2013
— Chennai Psychologist (@yozenbalki) December 8, 2013
— PRASOON (@Kaushik_Prasoon) December 8, 2013
— aditya chaudhary (@adityakuk) December 8, 2013
— rahul s (@sarkrahul) December 8, 2013
— Kunal R Mendhe (@kunalmendhe) December 8, 2013
— Dushyant K. Mahant (@DKMahant) December 8, 2013
— Nikesh Gupta (@nikeshgupta7) December 8, 2013
— rekha sharma (@sharmarekha) December 8, 2013
AAP (aam aadmi party) achieves stupendous results in Delhi elections. Now politics can be a career option for non-family, non-goonda, non-f…
— Savitha Peri (@savithaperi) December 8, 2013
Aam Aadmi Party is the A grade party, BJP is the B grade Party & the Congress is the C grade Party !! #Polls2013
— Mohsin (@HathwalaThakoor) December 8, 2013
Want to see how @AamAadmiParty scales as an organization to a national level from here on. Will make a compelling case study, even a book.
— Nikhil Pahwa (@nixxin) December 8, 2013
— लाफ्टर वाले बाबा (@Nirmalogy) December 8, 2013
Remember all the media pundits who poked fun at Kejriwal and even the name of the Aam Aadmi Party? Kahan ho, bhaiyon? Bolti bandh?
— Nimish Dubey (@nimishdubey) December 8, 2013
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) December 8, 2013
I suspect the Aam Aadmi Party will be the single largest party in Delhi. Just a few hours to go to see if my tukka is better than exit polls
— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) December 8, 2013
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) December 8, 2013
Sr BJP leader says his daughter in law sheepishly told him she voted for @AamAadmiParty This is an election that's upset all calculations.
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) December 7, 2013
— Suketu Talekar (@suketutalekar) December 8, 2013
@AamAadmiParty Bravo Mr.Kejriwal.......what an election.....u made Congress look like it is fighting the election for the first time....
— vijal patel (@divpatel29) December 8, 2013
"AAP" has done a blockbuster debut in Delhi. Phenomenal success of Aam Aadmi Party workers hard work...!!
— Anshul Srivastava (@anshul29041982) December 8, 2013
— SourjyaBhowmick (@sourjyabhowmick) December 8, 2013
— Simon Alphonse (@kasimonka) December 8, 2013
— Pritish Mukherjee (@pritishm) December 8, 2013
@AamAadmiParty Congratulations to all the people of Central Delhi...............This z the wave of change..........AAP nailed it.
— SHANATIC SHWETA (@shwetalok) December 8, 2013