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Delhi MCD Elections: Clean Sweep For BJP in All 3 Corporations, AAP Decimated

It was a high-octane campaigning by the three major players and various other smaller parties and the voter turnout was 53.58 per cent, a shade higher than the 2012 MCD elections.

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Updated:April 26, 2017, 9:40 PM IST
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Delhi MCD Elections: Clean Sweep For BJP in All 3 Corporations, AAP Decimated
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New Delhi: The BJP has emerged the clear winner in all the three corporations at the MCD elections with the Aam Aadmi Party pipping the Congress in the fight for a distant second spot.

The BJP has won 66 seats in the North and 70 seats in the South out of a total of 104 each while the AAP, which was debuting in the MCD polls after its sterling show in last year's Assembly election, managed only less than 50 seats. Congress came in a poor third and its party president in Delhi, Ajay Maken, resigned over the results.

CNN-News18's Bhupendra Chaubey called the poll for the BJP at 9:22 am, well ahead of other television networks.

Delhi BJP unit chief Manoj Tiwari thanked Delhiites for the victory. “We dedicate this win to the martyrs of Sukma. For the next few months, a clean and healthy Delhi is our mission.” The party has said it will not celebrate the win in view of the Sukma attack in which 25 CRPF jawans were killed.

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AAP has asked questions over the election results saying the electronic voting machines were rigged - a charge it had first raised after the recent state elections which were swept by the BJP. "This is not a Modi wave, this is an EM wave," Delhi Rural Development Minister Gopal Rai said.

In 2012, the BJP all the three corporations - North, South and East- were won by the BJP. Exit polls this time had predicted a win for the party in more than 200 out of the 270 wards, going by latest indications it was set to meet that target.

The elections, which witnessed a fierce battle of ballots among the ruling BJP, the Congress and the AAP, were held on Sunday and the results and are likely to have political ramifications beyond the national capital's borders.

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It was a high-octane campaigning by the three major players and various other smaller parties and the voter turnout was 53.58 per cent, a shade higher than the 2012 MCD elections.

The verdict is expected to reshape the political equations in the country's power capital. The result could be an indicator on whether the sway of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, which had stunned all by bagging 67 seats out of 70 in the Delhi Assembly polls, still holds.

The Congress which was wiped out in the 2015 Assembly elections was hoping for a comeback this time, but by all indications its progress seemed marginal.

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Kejriwal had on Monday warned of launching a "movement" if the BJP swept the polls as the exit polls predicted.

| Edited by: Swati Sharma
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