MCD election result 2017: The Municipal Corporation Delhi (MCD) elections were conducted on Sunday, April 23 and the exit poll results of the same indicated a sweeping victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), much to the consernation of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which was expecting to do well. While most of the BJP leaders have stayed mum about the results leading up to counting day as they were busy with personal and professional matters, a handful of them were seen at the party office totally absorbed by it – the place was quite silent with hardly any office bearers there. On being questioned by the Indian Express, one of the workers said, “One leader has to make arrangements for a wedding in his family; others have professional obligations to fulfil. But on counting day, they all will be here”. Delhi BJP secretary, Sanjeev Sharma however expressed confidence over BJP’s victory in the MCD polls. He said, “Judging by the surveys and media reports, I believe we will get more than 220 seats.”
Another party leader at the place claimed that this time BJP was able to secure votes by Muslim women and that would add to their tally. He told the Indian Express, “From the feedback we gathered from Muslim seats, many women were heard praising the BJP over the triple talaq issue. I am sure their votes will play a major role in our victory in some seats.”
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While that is the case with the BJP, on the other hand, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs and other field workers reportedly are continuing to complain about ‘faulty EVMs’ and ‘discrepancies in voter lists’. At a meeting at Arvind Kejriwal’s house on Monday, there was hardly any introspection seen at all. The feedback was given to party chief Arvind Kejriwal by 155 AAP members who oversaw the polling process on election day.
Explaining his position, Amanatullah Khan, AAP’s Okhla MLA told the Indian Express that, “I was confident that the four wards in my constituency were easy to win. But the exit polls indicate a clear victory for the BJP. It is unbelievable. In Sarita Vihar, if Congress wins, I will concede. In another ward, there is a direct fight between BSP and AAP. The BJP is not in the picture. Yet if they win, I’d say there is no point in conducting polls. Let BJP win all 272 seats.”