New Delhi: With the dust of Assembly elections settling down and Delhi eagerly awaiting for the results, volunteers of various political parties had a relaxed day on Sunday after weeks of high voltage campaigning.
With just over a day left before the counting on February 10, leaders of political parties thanked the volunteers and workers who had for weeks followed a strict regime.
After a historic 67 per cent turnout during polling yesterday and exit poll predictions of a comfortable majority for AAP, party volunteers had the luxury of waking up late and chill around.
Sandeep, an AAP volunteer who was responsible for the door-to-door campaign in Madipur area, said, "I will be keeping a track of my calories now and get back to gym. Our days started early during the campaign days so could not give much time but it's time to unwind now."
"(AAP chief) Mr Kejriwal also asked us to spend time with family today and watch movies. I am doing the same," said another volunteer, A K Tyagi, from West Delhi's Mangolpuri.
Dinesh Kumar from Mundka area said, "I was responsible for mobilising the youth support in my area. We conducted back to back meetings in past one month. Today I am just spending time with friends discussing poll trends casually."
Congress workers also got to breathe easy today. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee spokesman Mukesh Sharma said, "I finally got to catch some sleep today. We do not have any meeting scheduled for the day. In the evening, I have to attend two weddings so it's going to be family time."
"In the morning, a few of us went to see if any campaign material was lying on roads in our area and threw these in dustbins. The evening is free for us to enjoy," said Sheena, a Congress volunteer from Janakpuri constituency.
Shirish Chauhan, a volunteers from Uttam Nagar, said, "I went to nearby temple to pray for my party's victory when the results are announced. We had no official work today."
While it was business as usual for top BJP leaders with the party deciding to call a meeting of all the 70 candidates, including Chief Ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi, to review the party's performance and discuss the political situation, party volunteers had their share of rest and enjoyment for the day.
"The morning was relatively free but in evening the meeting has been scheduled... For volunteers and other party workers we have no official plan today," said BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay.
"No more rounds to the local party offices to get campaign material. No more taking care of party flags and caps. We did our best to see Bediji win. She even acknowledged our support. It feels like exams are over," said Tahir Abbas, a BJP volunteer from Jangpura.
In one of the most hard-fought assembly elections in recent times, Delhi yesterday voted for the second time in less than 15 months.
A total of 673 candidates were in fray for the 70-member assembly.
While BJP workers worked hard in an attempt to maintain its winning streak after the party's victory in Lok Sabha elections and in Haryana and Maharashtra, AAP which had thrown a surprise for everyone with its performance in the last Delhi polls is eyeing a majority on its own this time.
The Congress also sweated it out to make a comeback after it received severe drubbing in the 2013 polls.