New Delhi: As trends indicated an easy return to power for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, former Janata Dal-United (JDU) vice-president, Prashant Kishor, thanked the people for "standing up to protect" the country's soul.

"Thank you, Delhi for standing up to protect the soul of India!" Kishor tweeted as the trends showed AAP leading in 56 seats against BJP's 12 in the 70-member Assembly at 12:30 pm.

 

Kishor was expelled from JD(U), a short while ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections, following a tiff with party chief and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

While JDU MPs and Nitish Kumar had sided with the BJP, Kishor had expressed his dissatisfaction with the party's decision on the topic.

JDU had also participated in the Delhi polls, with its candidates contesting on three seats alongside BJP. None of them, however, have been able to take the lead as the counting process enters the mid-rounds.

Kishor had on January 30 said that he will announce his future plans post the outcome of Delhi elections.

"I will formally speak about my plans for the future on February 11 in Patna (Bihar). Until then I am not speaking to anyone," Kishor said.

JDU sacked Kishor along with Pavan Varma for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities.

AAP’s chief Arvind Kejriwal is leading from New Delhi constituency, while his deputy Manish Sisodia has been trailing behind BJP's Ravi Negi, by a margin of 2182 votes, in Patparganj assembly constituency, after 6th round at 12:30 pm.