Exit polls indicate a landslide victory for BJP in MCD elections

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 29, 2017

At the end of voting, state election commissioner S.K. Srivastava was quoted as saying that the "entire electoral exercise passed off peacefully".

"He has been making a hue and cry over machine malfunctioning for a very long time and he also got his answer from the Supreme Court, high court, and Election Commission".

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal kept up his anti-EVM tirade on the polling day as well, questioning the state election commission over reports of machines malfunctioning in parts of the city.

Member of the BJP's legal team Neeraj, who submitted the complaint on behalf of the party, said he was "feeling apprehended" after watching the video.

The AAP and the Congress will get 25 seats each, the exit poll said.

According to two exit polls, the civic bodies could see the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) return to power for the third consecutive time. "After the ExitPoll results of MCD in favour of BJP, AAP spokesperson buys excuses in EVM", Patra tweeted.

Despite the media drumming up a kind of exhausted frenzy around the Delhi Municipal Corporation (MCD) polls, the turnout was around 54 per cent, same as last time. Voting in two wards were cancelled after deaths of the candidates.

An exit poll by India Today gives about 80 seats each to the party in north and south corporations and 50 in the east corporation. The results will be declared on April 26.

The voting for polls to the 3 civic bodies under MCD namely, North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) was held yesterday. Interestingly, former Delhi minister and turncoat Arvinder Singh Lovely, who recently joined the BJP, could not cast his vote because of a faulty EVM.

Congress has complained that the opinion poll "grossly violated" the concept of free and fair election which is the foundation of our democracy.

Kejriwal's AAP, which debuted in municipal elections this year, is projected to win 23 to 35 wards.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal were among the first to cast their votes.

He further said that Congress had 150 years of experience of shrewdness, while BJP is based on communalism.

Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai said that EVMs would be the only reason for the kind of results predicted by the pollsters.

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