Fielding of Muslim candidates by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections did not throw up the desired results for the party in the wards they were fielded. The party, which had not fielded a single Muslim face in the assembly elections held in March across five states, put up 6 Muslim candidates this time. However, despite an evident saffron wave, BJP lost all five Muslim candidates — all areas dominated by Muslims’, Hindustan Times and CNN News 18 reported. Out six candidates fielded by saffron party, only five contested the polls as one contestant’s nomination was canceled by the Election Commission. The candidates that the BJP provided the tickets to included Rubina, Kunwar Rafi from Zakir Nagar, Sartaj Ahmed from Chauhan Banger, Sabra Malik from Mustafabad, and Faimuddin Saifi from Delhi Gate. All five lost to other Muslim contestants. PTI reported that in North Delhi’s Quraish Nagar ward, Aam Aadmi Party candidate Shaheen defeated BJP nominee Rubeena by 2,579 votes. Shaheen polled 9,409 votes while Rubeena received 6,830 votes in the area. While Kunwar Rafi from Zakir Nagar ward was defeated by both AAP and Congress. Kunwar lost to Shoaib Danish who won the Zakir Nagar ward for the third time.
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The BJP won the Delhi MCD elections today with over two-thirds majority and the party is set to rule EDMC, NDMC, and SDMC. Following the victory, BJP President Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi thanked people of Delhi for reposing. Shah said that the results have shown that voters have faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. Meanwhile, taking ‘responsibility for the defeat’, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken offered to resign from his post. On the other hand, Aam Aadmi Party has refused to accept the loss as many top leaders have blamed EVMs for the results. However, party chief Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to later congratulate the BJP on its victory in the municipal polls. He said that he looks forward to working with all three corporations for the betterment of Delhi