MCD Elections 2017: Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday morning offered prayers minutes ahead of crucial counting of votes for MCD elections 2017, as per ANI report. After a fierce triangular battle in the Delhi municipal polls, the stage is now set for counting of votes today with the verdict likely to have political ramifications beyond the national capital’s borders. The high-stakes civic polls were held on April 23 which saw a voter turnout of 53.58 per cent, a shade higher than in the 2012 elections, a PTI report said.
“We are all working as per the schedule. All the EVMs have been deposited with due seal and counting will begin at 8 AM. There are 35 counting centres and we are all geared up,” Delhi State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava was quoted as saying by PTI.
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The three main players — the AAP, the BJP and the Congress — had campaigned intensely ahead of the polls and all of them are expecting a favourable mandate, even as an exit poll has predicted a “landslide victory” for the saffron party. The verdict is expected to reshape the political equations in the country’s power capital, the report says.
The result will also determine whether the sway of Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, which had stunned all by bagging 67 seats out of 70 in the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls, still holds and whether the party would be able to put behind its humiliating Rajouri Garden bypoll defeat.
Notably, Kejriwal’s party had also suffered a defeat in Punjab and a whitewash in recently held Goa Assembly polls.
However, the AAP national convener refused to acknowledge the bye-election verdict as a “trailer of the MCD polls”. He had yesterday warned of launching a “movement” if the MCD exit poll results, which have predicted a BJP sweep, come true.
Polling was held in 270 of the 272 wards of the three municipal corporations. The election to two wards has been postponed due to the death of candidates.
The BJP, which is seeking to retain the turf it has held for the last 10 years, has fielded fresh faces in 267 wards. It had expelled its Narela ward candidate from the party for allegedly allowing sacked AAP minster Sandeep Kumar to campaign for her.
The Congress, which finished second in the Rajouri Garden bypoll, is hoping for a resurgence and banked on its big guns during campaigns to shore up its fortune, despite infighting. It has fielded 271 candidates.