The Modi wave seemed to have worked wonders for the BJP, as the saffron party on Wednesday swept all the three municipal corporations in Delhi with a huge margin. The early trends of Delhi MCD election results showed BJP way ahead of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress.
The Delhi MCD elections were held in the national capital on Sunday. Initially, the Congress was ahead of AAP at number 2 position following which it claimed a comeback. However, soon, it fell and was behind the AAP at number 3 in all the municipalities.
Accepting the defeat, Congress Delhi chief Ajay Maken resigned, while AAP has alleged EVM tampering.
Here are the 10 key points:
1. The BJP is leading in 65 of 103 wards in MCD North, 67 of 103 in MCD South and 49 of 63 in MCD East. The figures are more than halfway in all the three. Overall, out of total 272 wards, BJP is ahead in 181, AAP in 46 and Congress in 29.
2. The BJP’s performance in each municipality is better in comparison to last time. It is up 7 wards in MCD North, 12 wards in MCD South and 14 in MCD East. In 2012, the MCD was split into three municipalities.
3. "I thank Delhi's voters for the BJP's win," said BJP chief Amit Shah. He credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governance for the victory. "The people of Delhi have rejected negative politics, the politics of excuses," Shah said.
4. AAP’s Delhi minister Gopal Rai alleged that the EVMs were tampered to help BJP win the MCD polls. "This is an EVM wave not a Modi wave," he said. "BJP's win was impossible without EVM tampering," Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
5. "Kejriwal is a drama queen," said the BJP's Shazia Ilmi, a former member of AAP. "Kejriwal thought he would become PM after becoming CM of Delhi. He is losing the election just because of his aggression," said BJP's Sambit Patra.
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6. This loss in Delhi MCD polls means a political wipe-out for AAP as the Kejriwal-led party has already faced humiliating defeat in the Punjab and Goa assembly elections last month.
7. Ajay Maken stepped down as the Congress Delhi Chief, saying he would not hold any party post for a year.
8. Some top Delhi Congress leaders had quit the party to join BJP just ahead of the MCD polls.
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9. The MCD election win is an important feather in the cap of BJP this year.
10. Making a strategic move, the BJP had fielding new faces in 267 wards of the total 272 wards in a bid to eliminate all chances of an anti-incumbency sentiment.