Published On: Wed, Apr 26th, 2017

BJP sweeps Delhi civic polls, AAP alleges EVM tampering

New Delhi: Riding on a Modi wave, the BJP was on Wednesday made a clean sweep of the Delhi civic polls by retaining the three municipal corporations for the third term in a row.

The poll win is the latest in a series of BJP election victories

Instead of showing humility by accepting their defeat gracefully, the AAP preferred to allege widespread tampering of EVMs in favour of the BJP.

As counting progressed, the Bharatiya Janata Party, victory of the BJP became evident with every passing hour and by the time most of the results pured in the BJP had registred victory on 184 of the 270 that went to polls on April 23.

The AAP, as projected in the exit polls was at a distant second, and the Congress was ahead in 28 wards.

The AAP’s defeat comes more than two years after the Delhi Assembly elections when the fledgling political outfit humiliated the BJP winning 67 of the 70 Delhi assembly polls when it got a huge 54 per cent of the votes. The BJP won three seats that year but registered 33 per cent of the vote share.

The poll win is the latest in a series of BJP election victories credited largely to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, credited for the party’s win, said the AAP’s defeat reflected how the party had “failed the people of Delhi”. He sought the resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and promised that the new elected civic body would “clean the city in four months”.

“We will make Delhi a clean city in the next four months. It will be a hygienic, dirt and disease free city,” Tiwari said.

Expressing surprise over its defeat in the civic polls, the AAP alleged that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were rigged in favour of the BJP — an accusation it has been levelling since its defeat in Punjab and Goa assembly polls.

“Without rigging, such a massive win is not possible,” AAP leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters.

He said it was “unbelievable” that the BJP could return to power in the civic bodies with such a massive win even as the MCD in the last 10 years had failed to maintain the upkeep of the city.

“They gave the city nothing but chikungunya and dengue,” he said.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken took moral responsibility for the party’s poor show and announced he was resigning from his post.

“I will submit my resignation to the Congress President and Vice-President shortly,” Maken told reporters.

The win in Delhi’s civic polls has boosted the BJP’s prospects for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections after the party scored major electoral victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The party also formed new governments in Goa and Manipur.

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