MCD Elections 2017: Set to effect a win, BJP’s Manoj Tiwari says ‘Delhiites ready to join PM Narendra Modi’s development agenda’

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New Delhi | Updated: April 24, 2017 12:19 AM

Residents of Delhi voted today to elect 272 members of the three corporations of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) --SDMC, EDMC and NDMC.

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Residents of Delhi voted today to elect 272 members of the three civic bodies  — South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC). The voting took place amid tight security arrangements even though there were some reports of EVM malfunctions. Many big political leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Ajay Maken, Vijay Goel and Sheila Dikshit cast their votes. Some other parties like Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (united), Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj India, Shiv Sena, BSP and a number of independent candidates are also in the fray to challenge the major parties.

READ | BJP set to sweep civic body poll, AAP fails to make a dent, Congress distant third

Check this space for all live updates of the MCD election 2017: 

11:10 PM: Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj India has alleged its candidate was beaten up by Congress workers today during polling in Rohini after he tried to stop them from carrying out ‘bogus voting, according to PTI. Sanjay Singhal alleged that the attack left him seriously injured.

10:45 PM: After the exit polls indicated a drubbing for the Congress, here is what senior Congress leader in Delhi JP Aggarwal had to say:

10: 30 PM: A party worker from Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj India has lodged a complaint with the police that Tughlaqabad’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Sahi Ram Pahalwan’s nephew and his accomplices assaulted him during the civic body poll on Sunday, reported IANS.

10:20 PM: Music director and singer Vishal Dadlani, who is also an AAP supporter, has recently took to Twitter and taunted people of Delhi for selecting BJP in MCD elections. Here is what he said:

10: 05 PM: Soon after various exit polls predicted BJP’s massive win in the MCD elections, party’s Delhi unit chief Manjor Tiwari lauded the citizens for coming out for voting in MCD polls despite hot weather. He also praised the electorates for joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘journey’ of development.

9: 55 PM: AAP spokesperson Richa Pandey Mishra has said that people had to go back from many polling stations as ‘several’ electronic voting machines (EVM) turned out faulty, reported PTI.

9: 45 PM: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari today said the party has complained to the State Election Commission against Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia for having appealed to the public for votes during polling for the MCD elections. Tiwari. BJP said Sisodia said this during a TV interview.

9: 35 PM: At 4 PM, over 60.11 lakh votes were cast. 45.11 per cent of the total electorate strength for MCD polls were recorded, said PTI.

9:25 PM: Taking a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party after the exit polls predictions showing massive win for BJP, party’s National Spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said, “AAP needs to find more intelligent excuses.”

9: 10 PM: Due to the delay in sending Delhi MCD polling percentages by the state election officials concerned, the State Election Commission (SEC) has decided to issue memos to them, reported PTI.

9:05 PM: In the past last 10 years our people have tried to do the best in Delhi in sectors like education, health, cleanliness etc. Our intentions have been good and in the next five years will now try to deliver better services in Delhi in sync with the Central government, Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said while speaking to India Today TV.

8:55 PM: Speaking to India Today TV, AAP leader Somnath Bharti said, BJP and the media created an illusion that pitched to vote for BJP in MCD elections due to PM Modi’s performance. It was a localised election. BJP in the past 10 years did not fulfill any of its promises made during the last MCD elections.

8: 41 PM: Glitches in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were reported from nine polling stations. They were replaced and voting resumed,” State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava told PTI. 18 EVMs were replaced because of battery or button related issues, he added further.

8: 29 PM: As per PTI, nine complaints of glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were received by the State Election Commission during the MCD polls today.

8:13 PM: Soon after various exit polls predictions came out, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra took to Twitter and slammed AAP’s claim of EVM malfunction during today’s MCD voting. He said:

8:03 PM: After the exit polls indicated a drubbing for the Congress, here is what senior Congress leader in Delhi JP Aggarwal had to say:

7:48 PM: In a report published by The Indian Express, State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava said, “The entire electoral exercise passed off peacefully. The turnout by 4 PM was around 45 per cent and we are very hopeful that the final tally will be beyond 54 per cent, the voting percentage in the 2012 civic body polls in Delhi.”

6:45 PM: Speaking to Aaj Tak news channel, BJP leader Manoj Tiwari said, threatening Delhi with Dengue and Chikungunya did not work for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He also compared AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal to ‘Chambal ka daaku’.

6:36 PM: When the exit poll numbers will convert into actual results on 26th April, Arvind Kejriwal will get a huge shock, Dr Harshvardhan Singh said Aaj Tak news channel.

6:25 PM: When AAP win elections EVMs are working fine but when they lose they start complaining, said Vijay Goel while speaking to news channel Aaj Tak.

6: 12 PM: According to ABP C-Voter exit polls predictions:

Over voting predictions

BJP: 52% (218 seats)
AAP: 18% (24 seats)
Congress: 18% (22 seats)
Others: 12% (8 seats)

Here is a zone-wise breakup of MCD seats in Delhi

East Delhi
BJP: 47 seats
AAP: 9 seats
Congress: 6 seats
Others: 2

South Delhi
BJP: 88 seats
AAP: 6 seats
Congress: 7 seats
Others: 3 seats

North Delhi
BJP: 83 seats
AAP: 9 seats
Congress: 9 seats
Other: 3

6:04 PM: According to India Today Axis My India exit polls predictions:

Over voting predictions

BJP: 202 – 220 seats
AAP: 23 – 35 seats
Congress: 19 – 31 seats

Here is a zone-wise breakup of MCD seats in Delhi

East Delhi
BJP: 45 – 51 seats
AAP: 6 – 10 seats
Congress: 4 – 8 seats
Others: 0 – 2 seats

South Delhi
BJP: 79 – 85 seats
AAP: 9 – 13 seats
Congress: 7 – 11 seats
Others: 1 – 3 seats

North Delhi
BJP: 78 – 84 seats
AAP: 8 – 12 seats
Congress: 8 – 12 seats
Others: 1 – 3 seats

5:41 PM: Around 46 per cent voting was recorded till 4 pm, reports PTI.

5:40 PM: Polling time for MCD voting ends, reported ANI.

5:10 PM: Many political leaders cast their votes today:

4:52 PM: “Around 43,82,359 votes have been polled since 8 AM. As many as 16,40,304 people have cast their vote in areas under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation,” according to the State Election Commission (SEC), reported news agency PTI.

4:45 PM: Former Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav’s Swaraj India party registered a complaint with the Election Commission regarding EVM malfunction during the MCD polls 2017. A copy of the complaint was posted on party’s official Twitter account with a caption, “Swaraj India files complaint with EC  regarding malfunction in EVM & the refusal of the concerned authorities to acknowledge our complaint.”

4:00 PM: According to news channel Aaj Tak, 33% voter turnaround was reported till 2 pm.

3:05 PM: Many voters faced the problem with EVMs today. Former Delhi minister and BJP leader Arvind Singh Lovely also could not cast his vote early morning. “I reached the polling station at 8 AM. However, I could not vote as the EVM was not working so I had to leave due to some urgent work. I will go later to cast my vote,” Lovely said.

2:40 PM: Arvind Kejriwal attacks State Election Commission:

2:15 PM: According to the reports by CNN News 18, 20.5% voter turnaround was reported till 12 noon.

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1:10 PM: According to the latest reports by India Today, 9% voting has been reported in Delhi. In last election, 55% voting was reported.

12:30 PM: Here is what Vijay Goel has to say:

12:16 PM: Voting was the slowest in East Delhi where out of a total of 31,60,325, only 24,759 votes were polled. The voting percentage was 0.78 according to the news agency PTI.

12:12 PM: Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit after casting her vote in a polling booth in DAV School (Nizamuddin East):

(Source: ANI)

11:45 AM: Union Minister Vijay Goel takes a jibe at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal:

11:30 AM: In North Delhi, 73,051 votes out of 49.55 lakh were polled with the voting percentage being 1.47. In South Delhi, out of 52,09,933, 57,330 votes were polled which was 1.1 per cent of the total, as reported  by the news agency PTI.

11:08 AM: Polling in 2 MCD wards – Maujpur in East Delhi and Sarai Pipal in North Delhi has been postponed due to the death of 2 candidates, according to the reports by news agency PTI.

10:48 AM: Till 10:30 am, 1.16 percent voting was recorded in Delhi according to the news agency ANI.

10:30 AM: Congress leader Ajay Maken after casting his vote in Rajouri Garden:

(Source: ANI)

10:15 AM: Talking to India Today, Arvinder Singh Lovely said BJP is a structural party. The former Congress Minister joined Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of MCD polls.

9:58 AM: After losing in this month’s assembly by-polls and the February elections in Punjab and Goa, the municipal polls will be an acid test for Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government in Delhi.

9:35 AM: The key issues for residents of Delhi are cleanliness, electricity and water availability. All parties have promised to address these issues. After ruling the MCD for 10 years, the BJP this time denied tickets to all sitting councilors and brought in new faces. After receiving electoral jolts in Punjab and Goa Assembly elections, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is hoping that Delhi residents would maintain their trust in the party, especially since it had won 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi Assembly election 2015. However, it may not be easy for AAP as two opinion polls have predicted a clear majority for the BJP. The Congress’ campaign was marred by controversies as several of its leaders joined the BJP just ahead of the civic body poll.

9:18 am: Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel urges everyone to cast their votes for development.

9:10 am: Union Minister Dr. Harshvardhan casts his vote in a polling booth in Krishna Nagar’s Ratan Devi School.

Union Minister Dr. Harshvardhan. (ANI)

9:05 am: Arvind Kejriwal casts his vote at a polling booth in Road Transport Office in Civil Lines.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (ANI)

8:50 am:  The municipal polls will be an acid test for Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party.

8:40am: Arvinder Singh Lovely not able to cast his vote at East Azad Nagar polling booth, as EVM reportedly not working. (ANI)

Arvinder Singh Lovely. (ANI)

8: 20 am: Out of the 13,022 polling stations, the police have declared 3,284 as sensitive and 1,464 as hyper-sensitive. Over 1.1 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise for the first time.

8: 00 am: Delhi Lt.Governor Anil Baijal after casting his vote in a polling station.

7: 45 am: Voting to begin shortly.

7: 20 am: Polling for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will start today at 8 a.m. and will carry on till 5.30 p.m.

6:55: Recently, BJP chief Amit Shah had said that a favourable verdict could be a stepping stone to victory in the next assembly election in the city.

6:45 am: The Congress, which has considerably increased its vote share in polls held after 2015 where it was reduced to zero, is hoping to gain its lost ground and make its presence felt. The party has been hit by infighting.

6:30 am: For the BJP, holding on to power fighting a decade-long anti-incumbency is a challenge and an opportunity to put a brake to Kejriwal’s attempts to emerge as the principal adversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

6:20 am: AAP had lost in the recently held Rajouri Garden bypoll.

6:10 am: The MCD election would determine whether the sway of Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP – which had stunned all by bagging 67 seats in the 2015 assembly polls – still.

6:00 am: The three civic bodies of Delhi going to polls today are NDMC, SDMC and EDMC. The NDMC and SDMC have 104 seats each in their House while the EDMC has 64.

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