New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the clear winner in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections with 184 seats in its kitty, bettering its existing strength of 138.

Ahead of the MCD elections, BJP had given out tickets to new candidates instead of sitting corporators—a tactic that PM Narendra Modi had used in Gujarat when he was the state’s chief minister. The gamble clearly has paid off.

Check out the profiles of the winners and their constituencies here.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came a distant second with just 46 seats in all the three Delhi municipal corporations, while the Congress could just manage to win 30 seats and others got 10 seats, the counting of votes showed.

The AAP’s humiliating defeat plunged the party into a crisis even as its top leadership put up a brave front suggesting it was all expected due to tampering with EVMs, an allegation that has been rubbished by the Election Commission (EC).

“EVM tampering is the bitter truth of the country’s democracy. One can crack jokes on us initially, but fearing being made fun of, we cannot refrain from speaking the truth," PTI quoted deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia told reporters.

Meanwhile, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken offered to resign from his post, accepting moral responsibility for the Congress’ dismal performance in the civic polls.

Here are the latest updates on the MCD election results:

10.05pm: The Congress has got around 11% more votes than the 2015 assembly elections, while the AAP’s vote share came down to half of its previous tally. The BJP managed to increase its vote share by around 5%. (PTI)

9.57pm: Over 70% of the 2,516 candidates, including 40 of the AAP and 92 of the Congress, lost their security deposit in the Delhi municipal elections, according to Delhi SEC S.K. Srivastava. (PTI)

8.19pm: MoS (home) Hansraj Ahir has says the BJP is winning all elections as people of the country have reposed their faith in its development model. “People have realised that development is the only tool that can change their lives and are thus standing in support of the BJP’s development model," said the minister of state in the union home ministry. (PTI)

8.11pm: Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj India, which contested its maiden polls, drew a blank in Delhi’s MCD elections even as the party said its performance needs introspection. Swaraj India ran its campaign with a message to clear Delhi of its garbage and sought to project itself as a viable alternative to the Congress, the BJP and the AAP. (PTI)

7.50pm: The party which won 67 Assembly seats has not even managed to get 67 wards, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari today said taking a dig at AAP over the defeat in the municipal elections. (PTI)

6.10pm: AAP’s Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey resigns over party’s poor performance in MCD polls. (PTI)

5.45pm: After losing to the BJP in Delhi civic polls, the Congress today pitched for opposition unity, saying the regional parties should realise that “blind anti- Congressism" will not work. AICC incharge of communications department Randeep Surjewala said the parties must put the country first in the “battle of ideologies", remarks which come in the backdrop of attempts by leaders like JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee to rally anti-BJP forces to stop the saffron juggernaut. (PTI)

5.15pm: Anna Hazare:“He said he won’t take car, bungalow and salary, but took all three. He even gave MLAs the biggest raise in India. There is big gap between what he says and what he does," CNN-News18 quoted the anti-corruption activist as saying on Arvind Kejriwal.

5pm: “The Election Commission, along with conducting the polls, should also distribute digestive tablet so that the party which loses the polls is able to digest the defeat. After every polls, the AAP suffers from indigestion. After Punjab and Goa, now they are not able to digest the results of the Delhi Municipal Corporation elections," Haryana health minister Anil Vij said in a tweet. (PTI)

4.40pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal congratulates BJP on massive MCD victory in a tweet.

3.50pm: The final tally after counting of votes for MCD elections 2017 ended is: BJP–184 wards, AAP–46 wards, Congress–30 wards, Others–10 wards. Polling in two other wards was cancelled after candidates’ deaths.

3.40pm: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in a tweet “Lesson & message for ‘EVM Vilaap Mandli’- Instead of blaming EVM, respect people’s mandate & do introspection. “#DelhiMCDpolls-Clean sweep against politics of anarchy, arrogance. Results reflect people’s passion for inclusive growth, good-governance." (PTI)

■ 3.30pm: BJP leader Vijay Goel attributes BJP win in MCD polls to the choice of new candidates, reports ANI.

■ 3.10pm: Congress general secretary P.C. Chacko sends a resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi taking responsibility for the MCD poll defeat, reports ANI. He was the general secretary in-charge for Delhi.

■ 3pm: BJP wins 160 seats, crosses its existing strength of 138 in all three municipal corporations in Delhi, as per initial poll results, reports PTI.

■ 2.20pm: Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra, who lost 3 out of 5 wards in his constituency, said the newly elected MCDs and the Delhi government must now work in tandem for the betterment of the people, reports PTI.

■ 2pm: PM Narendra Modi thanked the people of Delhi for their faith in BJP. “I laud hardwork of team BJP which made the resounding MCD win possible," said Modi in a tweet.

■ 1.40pm: According to results reported by PTI, the BJP wins 35 seats and the AAP manages to get 15 seats in North MCD. In the East, the BJP wins 27 wards while the AAP gets only 6 seats. In South, the BJP wins 41 wards while the AAP and the Congress bag 5 and 7 seats respectively.

■ 1.20pm: BJP crosses 100 mark, wins 103 seats while AAP and Congress bag 26 and 8 seats respectively, as per initial MCD poll results, reports PTI.

■ 1pm: Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari holds press conference. Tiwari targets Kejriwal over his ‘dengue and chikungunya’ remarks. Tiwari says BJP’s win is as much a responsibility as it is historic.

■ 12.40pm: Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy asks for the President to dismiss Delhi government and order fresh elections. “AAP support has evaporated. It was done in 1977, SC also upheld it," Swamy tells ANI.

■ 12.30pm: AAP MLA Alka Lamba takes responsibility for losses in all 3 wards, offers to quit from party posts, reports ANI.

Also read | MCD election results: Here’s what critics are saying about Kejriwal after AAP loss

■ 12.20pm: Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit tells NDTV, “No one asked me to campaign. Congress campaign wasn’t aggressive."

■ 12.10pm: Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia says EVM tampering a bitter truth.

■ 12pm: The BJP, after four hours of counting of votes, is currently leading in 66 seats in MCD North, 66 in South and 49 in East. While AAP is continuing in second position, Congress is down to third in all three corporations.

■ 11.50am: Taking responsibility for defeat, Ajay Maken said will resign as Delhi Congress president. “For 1 year I will not take up any post in the party, will work as a party worker. We have made a reasonable comeback, but I had hoped to do better in MCD polls," Maken told ANI.

■ 11.40am: BJP candidate from Dwarka-B Kamaljeet Sehrawat wins. AAP candidate Asit Kumar loses from Burari in MCD North. Congress candidate Anisha Gupta loses from Mubarak Pur Dabas in MCD North, reports ANI.

■ 11.30am: BJP president Amit Shah said party’s win in the MCD polls is because of PM Narendra Modi’s policies. He also congratulated Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari.

■ 11.10am: The BJP is currently leading in 64 seats in MCD North, 70 in MCD South and 47 in MCD East. The AAP is second all three corporations even as Congress drops to third.

■ 11am: BJP’s Narender Chawla wins from Janakpuri West by a margin of 1,347 votes, while Veena Sharma defeats her AAP rival by 5,362 votes. The BJP also wins Rajender Nagar ward in North.

■ 10.50am: “Winning and losing is a part of democracy, one must accept mandate of the people with maturity," Union minister Nitin Gadkari tells ANI.

■ 10.40am: AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha tells NDTV, “You can’t blame us for using the EVM bahana after losing, we’ve been saying so for the last month".

“It’s difficult to digest that despite halving electricity rates, giving water for free, improving schools and hospitals, people haven’t voted for AAP," AAP leader Ashutosh tells ANI.

■ 10.30am: “We accept the mandate given by the people of Delhi," former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit tells News18.

Also read | MCD election results 2017: What’s next for Congress?

■ 10.20am: “BJP only viable option available to voter today and that is why BJP given mandate at every level; thank voter of Delhi," Union minister Jitendra Singh tells ANI.

■ 10.10am: AAP leader Gopal Rai said, “It’s not Modi wave, it’s EVM wave." The BJP, on the other hand, said it won’t celebrate the results due to Sukma attack.

■ 10am: After the first two hours of counting of votes, the BJP is leading in 66 seats in North, 65 in South and 42 in East. The AAP is leading in 12 seats in North, 18 in South and 10 in East. The Congress is leading in 19 seats in the North, 13 in South and 7 in East.

■ 9.50am: AAP wins from Tilak Nigar, reports ANI.

■ 9.40am: In early results, BJP registers win from Janakpuri West and Janakpuri East.

■ 9.30am:People have faith in policies of BJP and its leadership of PM Modi," Union minister Dr Harsh Vardhan tells news agency ANI.

■ 9.20am: The BJP is maintaining its lead in all the three councils with 54 seats in North, 64 in South and 37 in East. The AAP, meanwhile, has gained to take the second position in all three councils. Congress drops to third.

■ 9.10am: Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia meets CM Arvind Kejriwal as AAP suffers rout.

Also read | MCD election results 2017: Key highlights of BJP victory over AAP, Congress

■ 9am: BJP has taken a clear lead in the first hour of counting of votes. The party is leading in 45 seats in MCD North, 54 seats in MCD South and 27 seats in MCD East. While the Congress is trailing second in South and East, AAP is second in North.

■ 8.50am: Yogendra Yadav, co-founder, Swaraj Abhiyan tells NDTV, “BJP riding on Modi wave. There is anger against AAP. BJP enjoys favourable situation."

■ 8.40am: Trends show BJP increasing its lead in MCD North to 31 seats, MCD South to 30 seats and MCD East to 12 seats. In second position, AAP maintains its leads in North in 6 seats. Congress is leading in 13 seats in South and 6 seats in East.

■ 8.30am: After the first half an hour of counting, BJP has taken a lead in 16 seats in MCD North, 19 seats in MCD South and 6 seats in MCD East. While the Congress is trailing second in South and East, AAP is second in North.

■ 8.25am: Congress takes lead in South Delhi’s Zakir Nagar. BJP leads in North Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar and Sonia Vihar MCD East as early trends come in.

■ 8.20am: After early trends showed a lead for BJP, Manoj Tiwari tells NDTV, “AAP has conceded defeat. Hope to win all 270 seats."

■ 8.10am: Early results show BJP leading in 2 seats in MCD North, Congress leading 2 in MCD South and BJP leading 3 in MCD East.

■ 8am: Election Commission (EC) begins counting of votes at 35 centres in Delhi.

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