Exit polls indicate a landslide victory for BJP in MCD elections

- Pranjal Joshi   25-04-2017

          


Exit polls of the MCD elections predict a landslide win for the BJP in the MCD elections in Delhi, indicating that BJP will win more than 200 of the 270 seats, as voting was held on Sunday, 23 April 2017. The overall voter turnout stood at 54 percent; almost same as that 2012 when 53.9 per cent polling was witnessed. It was due to intense summer heat and faulty Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) that the turnout was low and did not pick up. East Delhi recorded the highest turnout in the elections. Upscale and middle class localities had few voters at the polling booths in comparison to the high turnouts in low-income areas during the whole day. Like the last MCD elections, the turnout was low in the morning and it picked up in the evening with the closing time stretching to almost 8 PM in a few localities. It was chiefly due to scorching heat that many people could not go out to vote.

Sheila Dikshit said that the MCD polls were not a referendum on the 2 years of Arvind Kejriwal's government in Delhi but on BJP’s last 2 terms in the MCDs. It is unfair to say that these elections are a referendum on the state AAP government. Former Delhi Chief minister and Congress veteran Sheila Dixit said that the moving away of Arvinder Singh Lovely to the BJP and the exit of Barkha Singh will have limited effect in the areas they belong to, she also acknowledged that Arvinder Singh Lovely was a good leader and had a good impact on the sizeable Sikh community in Delhi. Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken, who casted his vote at in Rajouri Garden's polling booth, said that this election is all about good governance symbolized by the Congress and the 'war of words' between the AAP and the BJP.Ajay felt that people will vote for the Congress because of its good track record. He added to it by saying that the BJP's 10 year rule in Delhi MCD has ruined the state.

City’s Sangam Vihar area has a lot of problems which were used by parties but they have failed to tackle its problems. Sangam Vihar, is near the posh and super elite Sainik Farm — where bungalows start from a price of at least 5 crores, and super luxurious sedans and SUVs are always parked outside. Once you reach Sangam Vihar, you find roads with boulders and potholes, and sewage water flowing everywhere. The unbearable stench of overflowing drains, with flies and mosquitoes swarming all over, the area stinks so much that people have to close their nose while crossing the area.

 

More than 1 crore 30 lakhs people, including 1 lakh 10 thousand people who voted for the first time, were expected to vote for 272 wards in the MCD polls. The polling was held across 13,022 booths in 770 premises. For the first time, None of the above (NOTA) option was made available to voters. Over 56,000 Delhi police personnel were deployed across the state to ensure that operations do well.