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Delhi MCD Election 2017 Results highlights: Counting complete in all 272 wards; BJP wins 184 seats, AAP gets 46

'I am sure we will win. I have no doubt about it,' BJP leader Manoj Tiwari told the media, as counting of votes began

FP Politics April 26, 2017 16:00:30 IST
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Delhi MCD Election 2017 Results highlights: Counting complete in all 272 wards; BJP wins 184 seats, AAP gets 46

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Apr 26, 2017 - 16:03 (IST)

After AAP's defeat, politics of Arvind Kejriwal need to be questioned

Who is to blame for the situation? It has to be Kejriwal himself. He is the party supremo, calling the shots in all matters, organisational and political. He has been more of a non-resident chief minister ever since assumed power, consumed by the desire to expand his party’s footprint beyond Delhi. That itself would not be a problem if he had focused attention on Delhi’s problems too. His only response to the problems has been terse, at times less than civil, social media attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Apr 26, 2017 - 15:56 (IST)

Naqvi slams AAP as party claims rigged EVM behind BJP clean sweep

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday said BJP's impressive show in the MCD polls is a lesson for those crying foul over EVMs and asked it to respect people's mandate. Naqvi, without naming any of the opposition parties, also added that the saffron party's victory is a "clean sweep" against politics of "anarchy and arrogance". The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has been at the forefront of opposition parties complaining of EVMs tampering. "Lesson & message for 'EVM Vilaap Mandli'- Instead of blaming EVM, respect people's mandate & do introspection.

"#DelhiMCDpolls-Clean sweep against politics of anarchy, arrogance. Results reflect people's passion for inclusive growth, good-governance," Naqvi tweeted.

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Apr 26, 2017 - 15:51 (IST)

Kejriwal should end EVM blamegame, learn from Shiv Sena on being better loser

No doubt, the Delhi chief minister is a bad loser. He just can’t accept defeat gracefully. Chances are that he, who had descended on the Indian political scene like a chivalrous-knight-in-shining-armour in the wake of the Anna Hazare movement and was, as a result, rewarded with a sweeping mandate to rule over Delhi about two years ago, might now fade away for all political purposes like a Prafulla Kumar Mahanta — another product of a mass movement.

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Apr 26, 2017 - 15:40 (IST)

Massive victory highlights BJP’s new strategy to tackle anti-incumbency

People in any election vote on the basis of party, candidate, leader or a combination of these factors. BJP president Amit Shah was fully aware of this fact, and developed a blueprint to neutralise the anti-incumbency wave against party candidates. The party denied tickets to all sitting councillors. To neutralise the displeasure with the state leadership, it replaced Satish Upadhyay with Manoj Tiwari. The party, at its peak of popularity, knows that there will be no dearth of candidates and that people would be scrambling to get a ticket for its seats. Through this strategy, it passed on the failure of its government in MCD onto incompetent councillors and leaders. New candidates bring in fresh enthusiasm with no political baggage. People then evaluate the new candidate on merit, forgetting about the failures of the previous BJP candidates.

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Apr 26, 2017 - 15:33 (IST)

Arvind Kejriwal's penchant for cheap populism, cronyism led to downfall

The road to Kejriwal's redemption looks difficult. In Indian politics, once a politician falls from grace, betrays his core constituency, his revival becomes next to impossible. VP Singh, Morarji Desai and Rajiv Gandhi are poignant reminders of the fact that when voters feel let down, they stop at nothing to avenge their betrayal.

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Apr 26, 2017 - 15:18 (IST)

AAP blames EVMs for rout; Ajay Maken quits as Congress state head

While the victorious BJP credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the win, the Aam Aadmi Party blamed malfunctioning EVMs for its defeat, saying the machines were tampered with. Congress leaders PC Chacko and Ajay Maken have both tendered their resignations as well.

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Apr 26, 2017 - 14:56 (IST)

EVM tampering a bitter truth of the country's democracy: Sisodia

Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has called EVM tampering a "bitter truth" in India. "One can crack jokes on us initially, but fearing being made fun of, we cannot refrain from speaking the truth," Sisodia said.

Apr 26, 2017 - 14:45 (IST)

Congress' Delhi in-charge PC Chacko offers to resign

Apr 26, 2017 - 14:27 (IST)

Modi thanks people of Delhi for BJP's win

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed gratitude to the people of Delhi for reposing faith in the BJP and ensuring its resounding victory in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls. "Grateful to the people of Delhi for the faith in BJP. I laud the hardwork of team BJP which made the resounding MCD win possible," he said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Apr 26, 2017 - 14:24 (IST)

Arvind Kejriwal, AAP should take lessons from Prafulla Mahanta and AGP

AAP displays arrogance for it believes that no matter what wrong it commits, no matter how its supremo conducts himself and no matter how he gives a go by to governance and sets constitutional norms as Delhi chief minister, no matter how he promotes nepotism and favouritism, no matter how he spends public money on self-promotion through advertisement campaigns in all parts of the country, no matter how brazenly he defends his decision to make tax payers in Delhi pay crores of fees for Ram Jethmalani in the civil and criminal defamation case filed by Arun Jaitley, Kejriwal believes he has an infallible charisma and people would ever be obliged to vote for him and his party.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was leading in 160 wards, the Congress in 45 and the AAP in 16 wards in the Delhi civic polls, according to early counting trends, election officials said on Wednesday.

"I am sure we will win. I have no doubt about it," Tiwari told the media, as counting of votes began.

He said the BJP would make Delhi a "clean city" and free it from all sorts of diseases after the party "wins" the municipal elections.

Voting for 270 of the total 272 wards of the three municipal corporations saw around 54 per cent balloting on Sunday.

Election was countermanded in two wards following the death of candidates.

Over 2,500 candidates contested the elections to North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (104 seats each) and East Delhi Municipal Congress (64 seats).

With inputs from IANS

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