Arvind Kejriwal checks into vipassana centre

AAPAt the AAP office on Thursday. (IE photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

As Delhi voted in record numbers, there was nervousness — an energy which had the Aam Aadmi Party workers on their toes.

On Thursday, at 41, Hanuman Road, the AAP office, the feet were up, some resting on tables, others languidly crossed. The walls rang with easy laughter as they relaxed, safe in the knowledge that there was nothing else that was needed to be done.

For several months now the workers had been busy. Each knew that they were part of an experiment, which was bound to reach a fascinating crescendo on December 8.

Ravi Inder Singh had spent months in the Karol Bagh constituency and had made several trips to the "central office". But it was only on Thursday that he noticed its colonial architecture. "Every other day, I came here with a purpose. All of us were involved in an effort that had initially seemed impossible and there was always something to do. I never looked at the building properly. Today, with nothing else to do, I looked around. Went upstairs... met the other people who had worked in other parts of the city," he said.

Every member of the party seemed to find their own way to unwind, after what one of them called a "gruelling but fulfilling exercise". The party leadership concurred.

Sources said Arvind Kejriwal had left for a vipassana centre in Sohna to unwind. Barring the odd television media engagement, the others leaders —Manish Sisodia, Prashant Bhushan and Kumar Vishwas — stayed home.

In the wake of a series of exit polls that predicted stunning numbers for the party, its leaders spoke in different voices, but with a quiet confidence.

Yogendra Yadav said, "The journey is so much more important than the results. We have accomplished something unique, a party with transparent funding, clean candidates. The predicting we now leave to you. It is in your hands."

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