The Congress, which finished a distant third in the MCD polls, has got around 11 per cent more votes than the 2015 Assembly election, while the AAP’s vote share came down to half of its previous tally. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), which bagged 181 of 270 wards in all three civic bodies today, has managed to increase its vote share by around 5 per cent. The party’s vote share was 32.2 per cent in the 2015 Assembly election. In the Assembly polls, the vote share of the Congress was 9.7 per cent. It went up to 21.28 per cent in the MCD polls. The Aam Aadmi Party’s vote share came down to around 26 per cent from 54.3 per cent in Assembly polls.
The MCD poll results show that people have voted against the AAP government even as they have given their votes in favour of the BJP which has been ruling the civic bodies for the last 10 years. In the 2012 MCD polls, Delhiites had voted for the BJP at a time when the Congress was in power in the national capital. When the Delhi Assembly polls were held in 2013, people had voted against the Sheila Dikshit government with the BJP emerging as the largest party while the AAP was runner-up. In 2013 Assembly polls, the BJP had won 32 seats while the AAP had got 28 seats even as the latter had formed its government with the help of the Congress. In the 2015 Assembly election, the AAP had emerged victorious with 67 seats out of 70, decimating both the BJP and the Congress.