On Wednesday, the BJP continued its winning momentum and once again won Delhi civic polls registering a hat-trick.
The party bucked a 10-year anti-incumbency to retain its hold on Delhi’s Municipal corporations for the third time in a row. It made huge gains in the civic bodies of North, South and East Delhi, winning as many as 185 of the 270 seats that were contested.
The Aam aadmi Party came a distant second with just 46 seats, and the Congress managed just 28 seats.
In the North MCD, of the 103 seats the BJP bagged 65 while the Aam Aadmi Party took 22 seats. The Congress won only 13.
In the 63 East municipal corporation seats, the BJP won 49 wards, while the AAP took 9 of them. The Congress managed only 3 seats. In the South MCD, out of the 104 seats, the BJP won 71 wards, the AAP and the Congress bagged 15 and 12 seats respectively.
“The people of Delhi have rejected the negative politics and the politics of excuses and helped Modiji’s ‘vijay rath’ to move forward. It is recognition of Modiji’s leadership,” said BJP President Amit Shah.
BJP’s emphatic victory came as a complete shock for the ruling Aam Admi Party, which is witnessing a massive erosion of support since its clean sweep in the 2015 assembly polls. The party attributed its loss to what it called “EVM wave”.
“This is not a Modi wave, but an EVM wave,” Delhi Labour Minister and senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said while alleging EVM tampering.
The Congress too indulged in blame game even though it regained some lost ground. Even then the party stood at a dismal third place.
Accepting defeat, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken, Delhi in-charge PC Chacko and & AICC General Secretary Gurudas Kamat resigned from their posts.
“The party was not able top reach out (to voters) the way we should have. Any excuse can be given when you don’t want to do anything. The decision has to be taken by the high command. The leadership needs to introspect,” said former Congress CM Sheila Dikshit.
The high stakes municipal elections that were held on April 23 April saw a voter turnout of 53.58%. 2,537 candidates were in the fray for the three corporations.