New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has managed to secure a majority in the three municipal corporations of Delhi, winning the civic body polls for a third consecutive time and lending a humiliating defeat to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had to settle for the second position.
According to news reports, in North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the BJP is leading in 67 seats, while AAP trails with 21 seats and Congress with 13. In South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the BJP is leading in 66 seats, AAP trails with 16 seats and Congress with 13. In East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), the BJP is leading in 49 seats, while AAP and Congress have 9 and 2 seats, respectively.
The three municipal corporations account for 272 seats. However, on 23 April, polling was held in 270 seats. In two seats, polling was cancelled due to the death of candidates.
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The exit polls had predicted a win for the BJP which has been in majority in MCD since 2007.
“Delhi MCD poll results prove that people have put seal of approval on PM’s leadership and his ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ principle. Delhi MCD results are vote against negative politics and Delhi MCD results are vote against negative politics and politics of excuses," BJP chief Amit Shah said, while addressing a press conference in Kolkata.
The AAP had threatened to launch a movement if the exit polls results, which predicted a BJP sweep, came true, is blaming electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the defeat.
“EVM tampering is such a bitter truth of our countries democracy which can be made fun of in the beginning but we will not stop speaking the truth just because of the fear of being made fun of," senior AAP leader and deputy chief minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday.
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Meanwhile, taking responsibility for the party’s performance, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken has offered to resign from his post.
“I take full responsibility for the defeat and will resign as Delhi Congress President. I will work as a party worker and not take up any post in the next year. We made a reasonable comeback but I had hoped that we would perform better in the municipal elections," Maken said, while speaking to reporters.