India's Aam Aadmi (Common Man) party appears poised to retake control of New Delhi, after the city's voters apparently rebuffed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, according to multiple exit polls.
If confirmed when the votes are counted on Tuesday, the results would be a major upset for the BJP's electoral juggernaut, which has secured power in three big state elections since Mr Modi's parliamentary election in May, and spent heavily to try to secure control of the capital city too.
It would also be a stunning political resurrection for Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the two-year old AAP, after his act of near political suicide a year ago, when he resigned from his position of Delhi's chief minister, at the head of a minority government, after a turbulent 49-day stint.
Mr Kejriwal's resignation provoked charges that the former tax official turned anti-corruption crusader was not up to the task of governing Delhi, an unwieldy city of nearly 17m people facing problems with water, power, housing and transportation.
However, Mr Kejriwal argued there was no point trying to run a minority government that lacked the necessary numbers in the state legislature to push ahead with reforms, such as creation of a special agency empowered to investigate official corruption.
The exit polls suggest that Delhi's residents, nearly 67 per cent of whom voted on an Saturday in an unprecedented poll turnout, were willing to give Mr Kejriwal a second chance, after a year of the city's direct rule by the central government.