Modi wave wiped out the Kejriwal magic as the trends on Wednesday showed a clear-cut and huge win for the BJP in Delhi MCD elections. The BJP was way ahead of AAP and Congress, which were in a close fight for the second position.
As soon as the trends revealed a clear win for BJP, the blame game began with AAP leaders alleging that the EVMs were tampered and hence the votes went to BJP. They also taunted that it was 'EVM wave' not 'Modi wave' that led the BJP to massive victory. On the other hand, the BJP credited PM Narendra Modi's hard work for the triumph.
After a fierce triangular battle in the Delhi MCD elections, the counting of votes for the crucial municipal polls began on Wednesday amid tight security across the 35 counting centres in the national capital.
The trends clearly show that Delhiites have turned away from Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, which had won the assembly elections two years ago. To win the Delhi MCD polls was important for AAP to remain politically relevant after losing the Punjab and Goa assembly elections last month.
The high-stakes MCD polls were held on April 23. The polls witnessed a voter turnout of 53.58%, a shade higher than in the 2012 elections.
Polling was held in 270 of the 272 wards of the three municipal corporations. The election to two wards has been postponed due to the death of candidates. Delhi State Election Commission has set up 35 counting centres across the national capital. Heavy security was put in place outside the 35 counting centers across the national capital and the areas were cordoned off.
Both of us (Chacko and Maken) in a way failed in our responsibility, party should have opportunity to put things in order & improve situation: PC Chacko
PC Chacko offers to resign as Congress Delhi in-charge
Grateful to the people of Delhi for the faith in BJP. I laud the hardwork of team @BJP4Delhi which made the resounding MCD win possible.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 26, 2017
I laud the hardwork of BJP which made the resounding MCD win possible. Grateful to the people of Delhi for the faith in BJP, tweets PM Modi
Notable difference between words and action: Anna Hazare on AAP's defeat
BJP Delhi Chief Manoj Tiwari addresses media:
-We dedicate this win to CRPF jawans who lost their lives in Sukma attack
President should dismiss Delhi Govt & order fresh elections.AAP support has evaporated. It was done in 1977,SC also upheld it: Subramanian Swamy
Taking responsibility for defeat in all 3 wards, I offer to resign as MLA and from all party posts: Alka Lamba, AAP
Kejriwal was elected with the same EVM in 2015: Amit Shah
Independent candidate Arti Yadav wins from Kapasheda by 420 votes
BJP candidate Kailash Saankala wins from Punjabi Bagh (002-S) by 3,203 votes
BJP's Suman Dagar wins from Isapur (045-S) by 2,860
Samajwadi Party's Deepak Mehra wins from Ghuman Hera
BJP candidate Kiran Chopra wins from Hari Nagar by 1536 votes
BJP candidate Parvesh Sharma wins from Ram Nagar by 4,594 votes
BJP candidate Reena Maheshwari wins from Ashok Nagar by 5,728 votes
BJP's Sushma Mishra wins from Sonia Vihar by 2,647 votes
BJP candidate Neema Bhagat wins from Geeta Colony by 2,869 votes
BJP candidate Nandini Sharma wins from Ward No 63 od Malviya Nagar
BJP candidate Anil Sharma wins from Ward No 62 of Hauj Khas
BJP candidate Rekha wins from Anarkali (022-E)
AAP candidate Manoj Kumar Tyagi wins from Khajuri Khas (0-63E)
BJP won because of PM Modi's policies and Amit Shah's strategy: Sambit Patra
We dedicate this win to the soldiers martyred in Sukma attack: Sambit Patra
Congress' Mandeep Shaukeen wins from Lakshmi Park
BJP candidate Sunita wins from Karampura
Ajay Maken resigns as Delhi Congress president. Here is what all he said:
-Take responsibility for defeat and I am going to resign as Delhi Congress President
-For 1 year I will not take up any post in the party, will work as a party worker
-We have made a reasonable comeback, but I had hoped to do better
-Election Commission should probe EVM issue. If we can't trust EVM, we must trust EC: Ajay Maken
People of Delhi have rejected the politics of accusations and negativity, says Amit Shah
This win is a testimony that people believe in PM modi's pro-poor schemes and the slogan "Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas," says Amit Shah
I appreciate the people of Delhi for choosing BJP: Amit Shah
I congratulate Manoj Towari for massive win in Delhi civic polls, says Amit Shah
EVM tampering is a bitter truth in our democracy which can be mocked early on but we cannot stop talking truth on it, says Manish Sisodia
Neither they did research on EVMs but their leaders GBL Narsimha Rao and LK Advani have also written books on it: Manish Sisodia
After losing 2009 elections, BJP did research on EVMs for five years and they are winning elections because of it, Manish Sisodia
AAP candidate Sanjey Puri loses from Janakpuri West
Party emerged winner because of PM Modi's hard work: BJP
We will not celebrate the win in wake of Sukma attack: BJP
Kamaljeet Sehrawat, BJP candidate from Dwarka-B, wins by 14,613 votes
Here's what AAP leaders said:
-Ashutosh: Difficult to digest that people haven't voted AAP despite halving electricity rates, giving free water, improving schools and hoispitals.
-Gopal Rai: This is no 'Modi wave', but 'EVM wave'
-Raghav Chadha: AAP has a bright future. It took BJP an entire decade to win its first state
AAP candidate Asit Kumar loses from Burari in MCD North
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Congress candidate Anisha Gupta loses from Mubarak Pur Dabas in MCD North
Winning and losing is a part of democracy, one must accept mandate of the people with maturity: Nitin Gadkari
Congress lacked aggressive campaigning for MCD polls: Sheila Dikshit
I was not called for campaining for Congress. The campaigning was not done properly: Shiela Dikshit
Congress candidate wins from Mangolpuri 55-B
Congress' Saroj Bala wins from Rohini East
-BJP candidate wins from Keshavpur
-BJP candidate wins from Madanpur Khadar East
-BJP candidate wins from Bawana
-BJP candidate wins from Sonia Vihar
-BJP candidate wins from Dariyaganj
-BJP candidate wins from Mohan Garden
-BJP wins from Madhu Vihar
-BJP's Suresh Kumar Gupta wins from Khanpur
-BJP's Narendra Chawla wins from Janakpuri West
Difficult to digest that despite halving electricity rates, giving water for free, improving schools and hospitals, people haven't voted for AAP: AAP leader Ashutosh
People are happy with the performance of AAP-led Delhi government: Ashutosh
All EVMs are faulty which is why all votes are going to BJP: Ashutosh
BJP only viable option available to voter today & that is why BJP given mandate at every level; thank voter of Delhi: J Singh, Union Minister
This is not Modi lehar but EVM lehar: AAP's Gopal Rai
Nagendar Sharma Delhi Govt PRO tweets: "Sweeping Delhi MCD polls without sweeping Delhi's streets for a decade. When machines are with you human will is of no relevance."
Sweeping Delhi MCD polls without sweeping Delhi's streets for a decade. When machines are with you human will is of no relevance.— Nagendar Sharma (@sharmanagendar) April 26, 2017
First results: BJP wins from Janakpuri West and Janakpuri East
BJP's Suresh Kumar Gupta wins from Khanpur seat
NJP's Narendra Chawla wins from Janakpuri West seat
BJP's Veena Sharma wins Janakpuri South seat
BJP's Subhash Nagar wins from Madangir
BSP's Shakila Begam wins Seelampur seat
BJP wins Janakpuri West, Janakpuri South seats
BJP leading in Seelampur, Jaffrabad, Ballimaran
BJP wins Madangir, Sonia Vihar seats
BJP wins Dariyaganj, Madhu Vihar and Khanpur seats
Trends look in tune with what I saw during campaigning. People have faith in policies of BJP & leadership of PM: Dr Harsh Vardhan
BJP leading in Mandavali, Mayur Vihar, GTB Nagar, Saraswati Vihar, Rohini, Pashchim Vihar
GTB Nagar - BJP's Raja Iqbal leads, Saraswati Vihar: BJP leading, Rohini: BJP's Ritu Goel leading, Paschim Vihar: BJP's Vinit Vohra ahead, Saraswati Vihar: BJP's Neeraj Kumar ahead
BJP is ahead in 158 wards of MCD, AAP is leading in 28 wards, Congress in 54
There is no doubt BJP is going to have mayors in all 3 municipalities: Delhi BJP vice president Raj Babbar
Early trends show BJP ahead, Congress second and AAP a close third
"We won't get more votes...This election for us was about laying the foundation. I am a person of zero expectation," says Swaraj India's Yogendra Yadav
BJP is leading in early trends
Counting of votes for crucial civic body polls begins
Heavy security put in place outside counting stations
Counting of votes to began at 8 AM
High-stake triangular battle
The vote counting for 270 wards of three municipal corporations began at 35 centres across the city at 8 AM. Trends were availble for 104 seats. The BJP was leading in all the three-North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations.
The party was leading in 31 wards while Congress and AAP on 6 and 1 wards respectively in North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) in the beginning of counting. The civic body has a total of 104 wards.In South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), BJP was ahead of rivals in 29 of the 44 wards for which initial trends were available by 8.40 AM. SDMC too has 104 wards.
The Congress was leading in 8 wards while AAP in 6 wards, respectively. BJP has also maintained lead in counting of votes for East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) wards. The total number of wards in EDMC is 64.
BJP was leading in Ghumanhera, Roshanpura,, Hauz Khas, Malkaganj, Kadipur Sriram Colony, Geeta Colony and Krishna Nagar wards. Congress was leading in Hari Nagar, Kondli, Bhajanpur and Subhash Nagar wards.
The AAP candidates were leading in Vinod Nagar, Ballimaran, Paharganj, Kishanganj and Mongolpuri wards.
Voting for 270 of the total 272 municpal wards was held on April 23. Two wards where candidates died, voting was cancelled.
(With inputs from agencies)