Saturday morning began and ended very differently than Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had ever anticipated. After two decades, the Congress came into the picture in Punjab and a major development during this assembly election was that of the AAP who made its debut in the state.
The Congress was headed for a two-third majority in the 117-seat Punjab assembly, with veteran Amarinder Singh set to return as chief minister of the border state. The Grand Old Party, which had been out of power in Punjab for a decade, had won 75 seats and was leading on 2 others, paving the way for the next Congress government in Punjab.
The AAP, which claimed it could win up to 100 seats, got only 22. Its ally, Lok Insaf Party, won two seats. The saving grace for the AAP is that it will be the main opposition in the new assembly.
The Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance, which ruled Punjab since 2007, was set to finish a poor third with 18 seats.
Earlier on Saturday, the area outside the Aam Aadmi Party chief's Delhi home was decorated with hundreds of saffron, white and green balloons. A huge LED screen showed leads as they came in. Bollywood music composer AR Rahman's popular hit anthem Jai Ho blared from loud speakers.
And of course, Twitter did not spare Kejriwal either