The MCD election results 2017 have brought cheers to the BJP camp as the saffron party has managed to win a majority in the three civic corporations of Delhi– SDMC, NDMC and EDMC. The party is expected to win around 180 seats out of the total 270 seats of MCD that went to polls on April 23. Polling in two constituencies was postponed after the death of two candidates. The results, however, have shocked the AAP and Congress as both believed majority of Delhi voters were on their respective sides. The AAP leaders appeared more shocked as they blamed their loss to the allegedly faulty EVMs.
Here are the top 10 highlights of the MCD election results 2017:
1. Defections from Congress
The Congress election campaign for the MCD polls was hit by the defection of a few senior leaders including four-time MLA Arvinder Singh Lovely and Delhi women’s Congress chief Barkha Shukla Singh. The leaders accused Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken of ignoring demands and advice of party workers.
2. AAP blames EVMs
“It is difficult to believe (the results). The huge margin of the polls would not have been possible without the rigging of polling machined,” Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia told reporters after early leads confirmed a massive loss for AAP on Wednesday. The party has been campaigning against the EVMs since its loss in Punjab and Goa Assembly elections 2017. AAP had even asked the EC to carry out MCD polls with ballot papers. However, the Election Commission said on multiple occasions that the polling machines could not be tampered with.
“Even the BJP leaders who once used to campaign against the EVM, did research against it, are now supporting it,” Sisodia said.
3.BJP removes all sitting councilors
Ahead of the MCD election 2017, BJP surprised everyone by denying tickets to all sitting councilors and their relatives, opting for fresh faces. Probably, this move helped the saffron party gain the trust of voters at a time when other parties were facing defections due to alleged poor leadership.
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4.Defection from AAP
AAP also faced defection ahead of the MCD election 2017. AAP MLA from Bawana, Ved Prakash, left the party to join the BJP. Prakash made stinging allegations against the AAP leadership of being inaccessible to party MLAs and claimed that 35 other AAP MLAs were not happy with the party leadership.
5.BJP claims politics of excuses and blame games has lost
After winning the MCD election 2017, BJP chief Amit Shah said this was the victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s politics of development and the loss of politics of ‘blame game’ and ‘excuses’ practiced by opposition parties. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari accused the opposition leaders like Kejriwal of doing politics of “negativity”.
6.Ajay Maken cries on camera
Maken broke down and wept on camera when asked about the exodus of Congress leaders from the party, including Arvinder Singh Lovely, to BJP. Ex-Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit had blamed Maken for the exodus of Congress leaders ahead of the MCD election. When Maken was asked if the allegations against his leadership were true during a TV news programme, tears welled up in his eyes and he could not speak for minutes, forcing the anchor to go for an unscheduled break.
7. Arvind Kejriwal threatens Delhi voters
A day before the polls, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal created a controversy by almost threatening Delhi residents not to vote for the BJP. In a Facebook video, Kejriwal told Delhi voters that they would themselves be responsible for dengue and chikungunya for five years if BJP came back to power in the three civic bodies of Delhi.
8. AAP blames BJP of trying to break Kejriwal’s party
A day after the MCD election 2017, AAP legislator Alka Lamba triggered another controversy by claiming that BJP was trying to poach her party’s MLAs.
“The BJP is making its leaders call up AAP MLAs and tell them that the party is coming to an end. You (AAP MLAs) will be given an MP ticket or an important position in the government. We can do this for you by telling (BJP president) Amit Shah…The BJP leader said Modi-ji will soon impose the President’s Rule in Delhi just like it did in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand,” Lamba said in a series of tweets.
9. AAP threatens to start a ‘movement’
On Monday, AAP chief Kejriwal surprised many by saying he would launch a “movement” if the exit polls, that predicted a massive victory for the BJP in MCD election 2017, became true. “If such results come then it proves that manipulation has happened, like in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Pune, Mumbai, Bhind and Dholpur. We are the product of a movement. We are not here to enjoy the pleasures of power. We will return to movement,” Kejriwal said.
10. BJP wins all three civic corporations of Delhi
Trampling AAP and Congress, BJP won the three civic corporations of Delhi with a massive number of seats for the third consecutive term.
(With PTI inputs)