Monday, February 6, 2023

AAP sweeps away 15-year BJP rule in MCD polls

The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday won the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections with 134 seats, ending the 15-year rule of the BJP in the civic body, an outcome that will further impact the ongoing power tussle between the two parties in the national capital.
The BJP bagged 104 seats while the Congress was reduced to nine in the 250-member municipal corporation.
In his first address after the victory, an elated Arvind Kejriwal thanked the Delhiites and vowed to improve civic amenities in the national capital. He sought the “blessings” of the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to achieve that.
In a closer-than-expected contest, the BJP, which bucked the trend predicted by exit polls, put up a spirited fight, winning 104 municipal wards, while the Congress managed to win just nine seats, down from 30 in the previous civic poll. Three independents also won.
BJP also managed to increase its vote share by three per cent as compared to the polls in 2017. It received 39.09 per cent of the total votes polled while AAP’s share also soared from 21.09 per cent to 42.05 per cent, according to the State Election Commission data.
The counting of votes began at 8 am at 42 centers across Delhi amid tight security, and initial trends were in favour of the BJP, which showed leads in 107 seats as compared to AAP’s 95. The BJP, which exit polls predicted would suffer a massive defeat, put up a spirited fight, cornering a massive 39.9 per cent of the total votes polled. AAP’s vote share was 42.05 per cent while the Congress was much diminished with 11.68 per cent of the total votes polled.
But as the counting progressed, the AAP went past the BJP and slowly consolidated the lead in the election, first after the MCD reunification earlier this year. According to political analysts, the defeat in the MCD polls is expected to impact the BJP’s efforts to weaken the AAP’s political dominance in Delhi and its chances in the 2025 assembly polls.
Meanwhile, BJP IT department head Amit Malviya also suggested that the mayor’s election is still an open game and noted that Chandigarh, where its rival was the largest party, has a mayor from BJP ranks.
According to the State Election Commission, security deposits of 784 candidates have been forfeited in the MCD polls, including 370 Independents, 188 candidates from Congress, 128 from BSP, 13 from AIMIM, three from AAP and ten from the BJP.
The voting for MCD seats was held on December 4 with a 50 per cent turnout.

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