Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has won in 104 wards and leading in 31; BJP could grab 83 seats and leading in 19 while Congress could get only 5 and leading in 5 wards as counting ia underway
NEW DELHI — The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) crossed 100-mark as the counting of votes for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls is underway. The party has won in 104 wards and leading in 31 others, according to official trend till 12.30 pm on Wednesday.
The BJP, even after being at the helm for the past 15 years in the MCD, could grab 83 seats and leads in 19 as the counting is underway amid tight security in 42 centres for the December 4 polls.
The Congress has won in five wards so far and is leading in five others.
A total of 126 seats are needed to win the elections. Counting for the 250 wards of the civic agency began at 8 a.m. on Wednesday amid tight security arrangements at 42 centres.
There are a total of 1,349 candidates in the fray.
The All India Majli-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leading on one seat while one independent candidate registered his victory.
The ruling BJP could not stop the AAP from entering the MCD in a big way even as senior leaders of the saffron party campaigned in the elections.
On the eve of the MCD election results, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, on Tuesday, had predicted a landslide victory for the AAP.
“This mandate will be a signal from Delhi to the entire country that the AAP is a fiercely-honest party. The BJP levelled fake allegations against me, ran a witch-hunt against Satyendar Jain. But the people of Delhi have proven with their mandate that there was no scam in Delhi and all the allegations levelled by the BJP were false, motivated by conspiracy and dirty politics,” Sisodia said, according to reports.
He added that the people of Delhi will reject the BJP’s lies, conspiracy and dishonesty, and choose CM Arvind Kejriwal’s honesty and work-based politics.
However, BJP maintained that it will get the numbers in the end as counting is underway.
Ajay Sehrawat, Delhi BJP Spokesperson, while speaking to IANS, said “The actual results are disagreeing with the exit polls. Trends are going in our favour. AAP, which was claiming to win till today morning is getting their answers and we are confident to win MCD.” (With agency inputs)
Photo: Counting officer’s count vote on EVMs at Counting Centre ITI Nand Nagri in New Delhi. — IANS