Voting for Delhi Assembly Elections 2015 concluded today as an unprecedented 67.21 percent voters turned out at the polling booths to elect the new government in the state. Except for few minor incidents, the polling was overall hassle-free. The counting of votes will be done on February 10.
As the voting ended, a number of exit polls came up to project the winning party. Today’s Chanakya, a political research organization that was most accurate in predicting the outcomes in Delhi Assembly polls 2013 and General Elections 2014, has prophesized a clear majority for Aam Aadmi Party. It predicts 42 to 54 seats for AAP, 16 to 28 for BJP, 0 to 2 seats for Congress, and 0 to 2 seats for Others.
Exit polls by ABP-Nielsen, Today-Cicero, IndiaTV-C Voter, etc. also projected a clear majority for Aam Aadmi Party. Taking out an average of such major exit polls, the stats come out as: AAP – 43, BJP – 26, and Cong – 1. Despite the unanimous projections, BJP leaders still seemed to be hopeful of a majority and urged the media to wait till the counting day. On the other hand, Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha expressed utmost disappointment as a party which might indicate an overhaul in its think tank and key positions in coming times.
Meanwhile, AAP’s CM candidate Arvind Kejriwal tweeted later in the evening that the party has ‘deployed volunteers to keep round the clock vigil on the premises housing EVMs.’ It should be noted that he had raised concerns over probability of tampering of the EVMs earlier and was reassured by the ECI.
In three days from now, the mandate of the people of Delhi would decide the destiny of the state and if the Aam Aadmi Party comes to power, the world would be watching over as expectations of good governance and a corruption-free state are set to soar high.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s adviser V. K. Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal “physically assaulting” Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, according to Jain’s statement recorded by the Delhi Police.
The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement.
On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by the two AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.
Police later arrested Khan and Jarwal and they were sent to judicial custody till Thursday.
According to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister’s adviser had called him over the phone and asked him to come to the Chief Minister’s residence for the meeting and Jain was also present there.
On Thursday, the Delhi Police submitted Jain’s statement at a city court, which said that Jain had gone to the washroom during the meeting and as he came out he saw the two AAP MLAs “physically assaulting” the Chief Secretary.
The statement was recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC, which means that it was recorded in front of the police and not a magistrate.
Sources told IANS that Jain later recorded his statement in front of a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.
“The statement under section 164 was later recorded with the magistrate in front a camera, without the presence of police. In that statement also he (Jain) has said that he saw the two MLAs physically assaulting the Chief Secretary,” a police officer privy to the case told IANS.
The officer said that the statement under section 164 has also been submitted to the court.
Jain was first questioned on Wednesday morning and then again on Thursday and his statement was recorded on Thursday.
The change in Jain’s statement that the AAP was referring to was from a “question and answer” with Jain recorded by police after questioning him on Wednesday.
According to a copy of Wednesday’s “question and answer” recorded by police, when asked whether Jain saw the Chief Secretary being manhandled, he replied that he had gone to the washroom in between the meeting and he could not say what happened during that time.
“By putting pressure on him (Jain) throughout the day (Thursday) and by threatening him, police has forced him to change his statement,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh told the media here on Thursday.
“How is it that the same Jain who emphatically said yesterday that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there has now claimed otherwise?” he asked.
Singh said that AAP MLAs were being arrested over an alleged assault of which there was no proof.
“But on the other hand, despite there being video footage of officials assaulting Delhi Cabinet Minister Imran Hussain, there is no action taken against the guilty by the Delhi Police,” the AAP MP said.
The court on Thursday sent the two AAP MLAs, arrested on charges of assaulting the Chief Secretary, to judicial custody for 14 days.
Orders on the bail pleas of the two AAP MLAs and also on their police custody will be pronounced on Friday.
Meanwhile, scores of Delhi government employees across the city observed a five-minute silence outside their respective offices as a protest against the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary.
The IAS Association said that officers would continue the protest every day, till steps are taken to “ensure safety and dignity” of government staff in the city.
The AAP also hit out at Lt Governor Anil Baijal by stating that he was “working as a BJP agent” and demanded action against those involved in “manhandling and beating up” Hussain and his aide at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. (IANS)