Two days before MCD poll verdict, AAP smells rat

Residents reported "low" voting in many areas but in many others there were long queues of men and women keen to pick three wings of a municipal corporation that covers nearly the whole of Delhi.

"Reports from all over Delhi of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) malfunction, people with voter slips not allowed to vote. I am sure their votes will play a major role in our victory in some seats".

Bouyed by the exit polls results, aired by two news channels, forecasting the victory of BJP in around 220 wards, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said he has witnessed unparallelled support of people during his campaigns in almost 250 wards in South, North and East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas. The Election Commission says it will do so only under court orders.

AAP's Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan sent out texts to party supporters and locals on Monday afternoon, alleging that BJP was slated to win in places where it wasn't even in the fight.

More than 1 crore 30 lakhs people, including 1 lakh 10 thousand people who voted for the first time, were expected to vote for 272 wards in the MCD polls.

An application by Congress leaders Sharmistha Mukherjee and Aman Panwar said that this "grossly violates the concept of a free and fair elections which the foundation of our democracy".

Polling to elect Delhi's municipal councillors ended at 5.30 PM in Delhi on Sunday.

The opposition, particularly the BJP, which has been on a dogged pursuit for control of Delhi, had described the election as a referendum on two years of the Arvind Kerjriwal Government.

The elections to two wards were postponed due to the death of the candidates, so voting was held in only 270 wards.

"Around 46 per cent of the total votes have been polled".

Sisodia also said, "The BJP has done enough damage for 10 years". The Congress trashed the exit poll results that predicted a win for the party in around 31 wards.

"There were few complaints of the malfunctioning of the EVMs at Burari and Kapashera, which were rectified", an official source said.

The exit polls for the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) have predicted the worst for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which came to power in the national capital in 2015 with a thumping majority.

In 2012, BJP had won 59 seats in North Delhi, 44 in South Delhi and 39 seats in North Delhi.

  • Zachary Reyes