NEW DELHI, April 10 (Xinhua) -- The Indian capital went to polls Thursday, the third day of the nine-phase mammoth general elections in the world's largest democracy.
Though 150 candidates, including 58 Independents, are in the fray in Delhi, three major parties -- the ruling Congress party, main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the anti- corruption Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) -- are vying to win seven seats in Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) polls.
Experts say that there has been brisk polling since voting began this morning, and high voter turnout may mean more anti- incumbency votes.
"In the national capital, the Congress knows it may not get even a single seat, going by its record in the Delhi Assembly polls in December last year. So, the fight is mainly between the BJP and the AAP which faces an acid test," said Delhi-based political analyst Prof. S.K. Gupta.
"The BJP may emerge as the gainer as many people are unhappy with the AAP which apparently ditched them by first forming the Delhi government with outside support from the Congress and then the anti-graft party chief Arvind Kejriwal resigning as Chief Minister on frivolous grounds," he added.
The AAP no doubt did spectacularly well on its debut elections in the Indian capital, bagging 28 out of 70 seats, and then 45- year-old Kejriwal, a former civil servant-turned politician, formed a government which lasted for only 49 days.
"Though it tried to do its best for the people during those 49 days in power, but by suddenly resigning, the AAP lost its support base to a large extent in the national capital. People who voted for the party, which promised to wipe out corruption, felt betrayed by the AAP," said another expert Prof. Renu Roy.
So, who stands to gain this time? The BJP, say the experts.
"The BJP is riding on a wave of its prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi. People are fed up with the Congress for its involvement in a series of corruption scandals and its inability to check inflation. So, the BJP is on a high ground in the Indian capital," said Delhi-based political analyst Prof. Ajay Singh.
In fact, the BJP may win all the seat parliamentary seats in Delhi, where all top BJP leaders, including Modi, L.K. Advani, and party chief Rajnath Singh, campaigned, though it did not get even a single seat in the 2009 general elections while the Congress won all seven.
"It will be different this time. The BJP's good performance in the general elections will pave the way for the BJP to form the government when assembly elections are held in the national capital within months. The BJP last time got 32 seats out of 70 assembly seats. It would do better this time," said Prof. Gupta.
Modi has appealed to all people in the Indian capital through advertisements in all leading dailies: "Your vote for our seven candidates in Delhi is a vote for me. Vote for them and help me build a strong and prosperous India."
Some 814 million Indians are eligible to vote in the polls which began on April 7 and would conclude on May 12, with results due on May 16.