Delhi MCD Election: AAP ends BJP rule in Delhi

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has won 104 seats so far, has defied exit poll predictions.

by Soumayashree Mishra

Following the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) victory in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections on Wednesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal thanked the people and sought the cooperation of the BJP and the Congress, as well as the “blessings” of the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to improve civic amenities here. Kejriwal told party workers at the headquarters, “Will try to live up to people’s expectations, urge parties to come together to improve Delhi.”

A party needs 126 votes to win in the MCD’s 250 wards. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has won 104 seats so far, has defied exit poll predictions. No exit poll predicted that the party would win more than 91 seats. The Congress has successfully claimed seven seats. Surprisingly, the AAP won three of these wards in 2017 and the BJP won one. Shakeela Begum, an independent candidate, won the Seelampur seat, while Meena Devi and Gajender Singh Daral won the Isapur and Mundka seats, respectively.

This was the first election following the MCD’s reunification earlier this year. The election, held on December 4, saw a voter turnout of only 50.48%, or slightly more than 73 lakh people out of a total of 1.45 crore eligible voters. According to data provided by the Delhi State Election Commission, the upscale neighbourhoods of South Delhi had the lowest voter turnout in the municipal elections. The highest polling percentages were seen in rural areas and parts of Northeast Delhi, where riots occurred in 2020.

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