In Delhi, Kejriwal’s pro-poor policies strike a chord with voters

Rajesh Kumar, a 50-year-old property dealer in the Indian capital, says although he voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in national elections held barely nine months ago, he chose his archrival Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi assembly polls.

Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party or AAP) on Tuesday registered a stunning victory in New Delhi by winning 62 seats in the 70-member assembly, stopping Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at eight seats.

For AAP, an upstart political party formed in 2012, the victory gave its chief Kejriwal, 51, his third-straight term as chief minister of the capital.

“Residents of Delhi, I love you,” said Kejriwal while addressing AAP workers at the party headquarters amid loud applause from his supporters.

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