BJP is set to sweep the polls to Delhi’s three municipal corporations – North, East and South. The counting of votes for the polls, which were held on Sunday, is underway. Of the 270 seats, BJP has so far won 129 seats, Aam Aadmi Party 32, and Congress 21. BJP is leading in 45, AAP in 17 and Congress in 5 wards.
Reacting to the poll results, senior BJP leader and Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said, the result is a message for AAP to give up negative politics and work for constructive politics. The Minister rejected AAP allegations of EVMs tempering terming them as wild and baseless. Union Minister Dr. Harshvardhan said, people have reposed faith in BJP’s policies and leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said, people of Delhi want BJP at the helm of affairs and the party’s win is the beginning of the end of AAP in the city.
AAP has blamed Electronic Voting Machines for the debacle of the party. Party leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, EVM tampering is a bitter truth and his party will continue to speak about it. Another party leader Gopal Rai said, BJP’s win is not Narendra Modi wave but EVM wave. Party leader Ashutosh dismissed the suggestions of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation over the party’s defeat. He blamed the party’s loss on alleged EVM tampering. AAP MLA Alka Lamba has also offered to resign from the assembly on party’s poor show.
Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken has also offered to resign from his position owning responsibility for party’s poor performance. Maken said, his party has performed better as compared to 2014 Lok Sabha and Delhi assembly polls. Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said Congress should have campaigned more aggressively in favour of their candidates. Chief of BJP’s Delhi Unit, Manoj Tiwari said the party has decided not to celebrate the victory in the wake of Sukma attack in which 25 CRPF personnel were martyred.