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Delhi MCD Elections, Exit Polls Highlights: Exit polls predict AAP sweep in Delhi

Delhi MCD Polls 2022 News Highlights, December 5 and December 6, 2022: Around 50 per cent voting was recorded till 5.30 pm on Sunday in the election to the 250 municipal wards in Delhi

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: December 6, 2022 14:09 IST
Delhi MCD Elections 2022 Live Updates: Citizens stand in queues to cast their votes for the MCD elections, at Shri Ram Colony in New Delhi, December 4, 2022. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Delhi MCD Elections Exit Polls 2022 Highlights: Ahead of the MCD elections results on Wednesday (December 7), exit polls have started projecting an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) sweep in Delhi. Total seats in MCD are 250, and the majority mark is 126. This is predicted to be the first defeat of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in MCD elections in 15 years.

Around 50 per cent voting was recorded till 5.30 pm on Sunday in the election to the 250 municipal wards in Delhi, with main rivals BJP and AAP claiming victory in the high-stakes contest. No major glitches in electronic voting machines were reported and the voting passed off peacefully with high security observed at the 3,360 critical booths in 493 locations where more than 25,000 police personnel, nearly 13,000 home guards and 100 companies of paramilitary forces were deployed, officials said. Several people in North-East Delhi and some other areas complained that their names were missing from the voters’ lists. The figure is likely to rise as many people who reported before 5.30 pm and were queued up at the polling booths were casting their votes.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cast his vote in the MCD polls and had appealed to the public to vote for a party that works for people rather than creating hurdles. “People should vote for the party that’s honest and works. For those who focus on the cleanliness of the city and not those who keep creating hurdles,” he told reporters, PTI reported.

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Delhi MCD Elections Highlights: Exit polls on India Today, Times Now, News X predict an AAP sweep in MCD; MCD has 250 seats, majority mark 126.

14:06 (IST)06 Dec 2022
After exit polls predict AAP victory in MCD polls, Kejriwal thanks Delhiites for believing in party

A day after exit polls predicted a sweep by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the MCD elections, the party’s National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Tuesday he is hopeful of a win in the civic body polls.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls were held Sunday across all 250 wards after they were merged earlier this year. The exit polls, which were released ahead of the MCD election results Wednesday, showed a clean sweep by the AAP, with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a distant second. In the last MCD polls in 2017, the BJP won 181 of the 272 seats, the AAP got 48, and Congress managed 30 seats. Read more.

08:25 (IST)06 Dec 2022
MCD polls: Upscale areas in South Delhi saw low turnout, rural areas highest

Upscale neighbourhoods of South Delhi saw the lowest voter turnout in Sunday’s municipal polls, while rural pockets and parts of Northeast Delhi saw the highest polling percentages, data shared by the Delhi State Election Commission shows.

The city reported a turnout of around 50%, lower than that in 2017 and 2012 (around 54%). Read more.

19:02 (IST)05 Dec 2022
News X exit poll predicts an AAP clean sweep

News X — Jan ki Baat MCD elections 2022 exit poll projects AAP as the clear winner.

AAP —159 to 175
BJP — 70 to 92
Congress — 4 to 7  
Others — 1

18:14 (IST)05 Dec 2022
Times Now Exit polls projects AAP victory in MCD polls

Times Now ETG MCD 2022 Exit Polls predicted an AAP sweep in Delhi.

AAP — 146 to 156 
BJP — 84 to 94 
Congress — 6 to 10 
Others — 0 to 4

18:13 (IST)05 Dec 2022
Exit polls have started predicting an AAP sweep in Delhi

India Today Axis My India Exit poll for MCD 2022 elections predicts an AAP sweep in Delhi
Total seats — 250 

Aam Aadmi Party — 149 to 171 
Bharatiya Janata Party — 69 to 91 
Congress — 3 to 7 
Others — 5 to 9

11:30 (IST)05 Dec 2022
In Pics: Delhiites cast vote for MCD elections on Sunday
11:23 (IST)05 Dec 2022
MCD polls: AAP MLA claims 668 not allowed to vote at polling booth as names missing from voters' list

The Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday alleged that 668 voters were not allowed to cast their vote at a polling booth in Karol Bagh here in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections as their names were not on the electoral list. The party's MLA from Karol Bagh, Vishesh Ravi, demanded re-election at the booth and strict action against the officials for the 'mess'.

'According to the electoral roll and the Nagar Nigam Chunav app, a total of 668 voters from SP Mukherjee Market, Faiz Road were supposed to cast their vote in booth no. 118, Ward-82, AC-23 at the polling station - Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya Plot No.6 Jhandewalan. But from the morning the voters were made to run from pillar to post as this booth didn't have the list of voters.

'The RO office had given an electoral roll for each polling booth for the MCD election. When the voters of SP Mukherjee Market, Faiz Road went to booth no. 118, they were not allowed to vote,' he alleged.

After learning about the matter, Ravi said he reached out to the presiding officer in the polling booth who claimed that the said voters are not on his list.

'After multiple calls and writing an email to the State Election Commissioner, we finally received a call from the DM Central. Though they promised to resolve the problem, no resolution was provided. At last, at 4 pm, the RO communicated that due to confusion in his office, the people could not cast their votes,' the MLA claimed. (PTI)

09:17 (IST)05 Dec 2022
MCD polls: Names ‘missing’ from list, claim several voters

On Sunday, Gudiya Devi made the rounds of three polling centres in Mandawali’s E, D and C blocks to check if her name was on the MCD election voters’ list – to no avail. “I visited three centres during the day, struggling to find my name but turned back. I have voted before as well but never faced any issue,” she said.

The 45-year-old was among several residents in Mandawali who claimed their names had been “deleted” from the voter list despite having updated voter ID cards. The residents claimed the election commission’s server could not fetch their names and the electoral list at various polling centres near their homes too did not show their names. (Read More)

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09:12 (IST)05 Dec 2022
MCD polls: As Delhi goes out to vote, AAP and BJP take swipes at each other

Even as the MCD election was underway on Sunday, the AAP and the BJP took a dig at each other – AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged people to vote for an “honest party” that does not litter the city, while BJP MP Manoj Tiwari accused the AAP of allegedly deleting names from voter lists.

After casting his vote along with his family at a polling centre in Civil Lines, Kejriwal said, “Today, I went with my whole family and voted to form an honest government in the municipal corporation. Today is a holiday… You all must go and vote with your family. Ask your neighbours and acquaintances also to vote. Together, we will make Delhi clean and beautiful.” (Read More)

09:01 (IST)05 Dec 2022
Low turnout as Delhi votes in MCD polls; BJP, AAP express confidence

The elections to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was held on Sunday, with around 50.47 per cent of those eligible turning out to vote until 5.30 pm.

The BJP and the AAP expressed confidence that they would get the majority of seats, while the Congress said the low turnout meant that the people were disappointed in both those parties.

The AAP had failed to get a majority in any of the three corporations (North, East and South) in 2017, just two years after it won 67 out of 70 Assembly seats. A win in the MCD election would give it greater control of the city. Since Delhi is a Union Territory with special powers, the AAP government does not have control of the civic bodies, land, law and order, and police. (Read More)

08:37 (IST)05 Dec 2022
In backdrop of 2020 riots, Northeast Delhi goes out to vote

For some residents of Northeast Delhi, the 2020 riots and the responses to it were on top of their minds when they voted in the MCD election on Sunday. Others, however, said local issues are a more pressing concern.

Brijpuri resident Haji Gul Mohammad (52), a railway employee at the Old Delhi Railway Station, rued what he claimed was a lack of help from the AAP during the riots and said he would steadfastly remain behind the Congress despite several issues remaining unresolved in the locality in the past few years. “The drains are overflowing and there is garbage everywhere. There is garbage clogging the drains. Former MLA Hasan Ahmed (who represented the Mustafabad constituency) had done some work, but not much happened after that,” he added. (Read More)

08:36 (IST)05 Dec 2022
For many, hyperlocal issues a top concern

The sight of roads dug up, smell of garbage putrefying on their streets and endless knocks at a councillor’s door leading to bitter disappointment weighed on the minds of voters who headed out to cast their vote for a new, reunified MCD on Sunday.

Most voters The Indian Express spoke to listed a series of hyperlocal aspirations, all centering around the cleanliness of their localities. Many also expressed anger and disappointment at current incumbents for not doing enough.

In Shaheen Bagh, a sea of garbage cutting across the entrance of a polling centre reminded voters of what they were voting for. Rajda Khan, a 37-year-old resident, is voting for change as she said, “Previous officials have not had success”. She hopes to see proper garbage disposal. (Read More)

08:32 (IST)05 Dec 2022
MCD polls: Sanitation to toilets, here’s what women voted for
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As she walked towards the polling station on Sunday morning, Rajni Paswan, a domestic worker residing in South Delhi’s Zamrudpur, was still not sure who she should cast her vote for. At the age of 46, she was going to vote for the first time. She looked towards her son Rahul (20), who had helped her register to vote. “I think whoever comes should do good work, like the Kejriwal government. They really improved my school and made it very good. But it’s ultimately up to her to decide,” he said. “I think I’ll only make up my mind when I’m inside the booth,” she finally said.

Elsewhere, in Batla House, Hafeez Ahman (34) also helped his mother Jameela Begum (80) cast her vote. “The sewage pipelines in my lane were laid just a few days ago. But our roads are still in a pathetic state and they keep promising to widen them. We just want proper disposal of garbage and roads to be widened in our lanes,” Begum said. (Read More)

22:13 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Voters greeted with flowers at polling booth in Fatehpuri

Voters were greeted with flowers at a polling booth in Chandni Chowk's Fatehpuri as they voted in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls on Sunday. 

Police personnel stationed at the booth in Galli Haider Quli handed over rose and marigold flowers to those who came to vote at 8 am, when the voting began. "We gave flowers to those who arrived at 8 am to exercise their right. This was our way of saying thank you to them," said a police personnel stationed there.

Voting began for the high-stakes civic polls in Delhi at 8 am on Sunday. The election is largely being seen as a three-way contest among the AAP, BJP and the Congress. (PTI)

20:20 (IST)04 Dec 2022
MCD polls: Heightened security at 3,360 critical booths

Security was heightened at 3,360 critical booths spanned 493 locations with the deployment of 25,000 police personnel, nearly 13,000 home guards and about 100 companies of paramilitary forces to ensure smooth conduct of the MCD polls on Sunday, officials said. 

Sixty drones were used to especially maintain law and order in critical or sensitive booths, they said.

In north Delhi, to closely supervise the polling process and to motivate the staff on the ground, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Dependra Pathak and Additional Commissioner of Police (Central Zone) Suman Goyal visited several areas of the district, including Civil Lines police station and Timarpur sub-division. Extensive foot-patrolling in various areas, including Chandni Chowk, was ensured, the officials said. (PTI)

20:20 (IST)04 Dec 2022
MCD elections boycott: Polling booth at Bawana's Katewara wears deserted look

The polling stations in Bawana's Katewara village wore a deserted look as its residents boycotted the MCD elections on Sunday, alleging negligence from the civic body.

"The whole village unanimously decided to boycott the elections. The civic body as well as the Delhi government always neglected people here, so why should we cast our votes?" said Krishna Vats, a resident of the village. As a result, no one turned up at the polling booths in Nangal Thakran ward of Bawana assembly constituency, he said. "Main roads are broken, drains are clogged and MCD schools are in pathetic conditions here," Vats told PTI.

Another resident Rohit Kaushik claimed that three roads leading to the village are completely broken, because of which road accidents happen frequently in the area. Kaushik said despite submitting 200 to 250 written complaints to the civic body administration, no action has been taken so far. (PTI)

20:18 (IST)04 Dec 2022
On Dec 7, we will see who will be swept off: BJP's ex-mayor on MCD polls

Senior BJP leader and former mayor of North Delhi Avtar Singh claimed on Sunday that his party was "ahead" of its rivals in the MCD polls, and accused the AAP of making "false claims to hide its failures".

The AAP has been attacking the BJP during the campaign phase, alleging that the saffron party, which has been in power in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for the last 15 years, has "turned the city into a filthy mess" due to its "failure" in governance.

"We are asking for votes only on basis of our work. BJP running at number one right now, and we are ahead of our rivals. And, we are going to form our government after winning the polls. We were there and we will maintain our rule in the MCD," Singh claimed.

He was interacting with PTI after casting his vote at a polling station set up in the premises of the State Election Commission here. The senior BJP leader was elected as North Delhi mayor in 2019. (PTI)

19:15 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Safety, security, sanitation major issues for northeast Delhi residents

Amid beefed-up security, the residents of Delhi's northeast exercised their franchise in a civic poll for the first time since the infamous 2020 riots, hoping for a safer future. Polling was held on 250 wards of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Sunday. As per data shared by officials, 3,360 booths, spanning 493 locations, were identified in critical or sensitive categories.

At a polling station in Khajuri Khas, ACP Niraj Tokas said 21 police personnel have been deputed to look after the security at the booth. "One ACP-rank officer, one superintendent of police, one sub-inspector, four ASI and 14 constables have been deputed to secure the area. The voting went well. Nothing untoward happened," Tokas told PTI.

In Bajanpura, Sub-Inspector Gyan Prakash said 40 personnel have been deployed at the polling booth. "The safety of everyone has been ensured and the polls were conducted peacefully," he told PTI.

Policemen at the gate of the booth ensured that no gathering took place and allowed a limited number of people inside. (PTI)

18:59 (IST)04 Dec 2022
AAP, BJP trade charges of violation of model code on polling day

The BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party accused each other of violating model code of conduct during voting in municipal polls in Delhi on Sunday.

Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor alleged that recorded messages of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealing people to vote for the AAP were received by lakhs of people on the day of polling. He said it was a violation of model code of conduct and lodged a complaint with the State Election Commission. The party also lodged a complaint against AAP MLA Durgesh Pathak and another party leader Vijendra Garg.

In his complaint, Delhi BJP's Legal cell co-convener sanket Gupta alleged that both Pathak and Garg violated model code of conduct by campaigning on the night of December 3 which was "silence period" before voting. The complaint also cited a viral social media video of the two AAP leaders allegedly campaigning. The party demanded the Election Commission to direct police to register an FIR against Pathak and Garg. (PTI)

18:29 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Violence-hit Jahangirpuri votes for peace, harmony and cleanliness

The residents of Northwest Delhi's Jahangirpuri have cast their votes for peace, communal harmony and cleanliness in this Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.

The market area in Jahangirpuri which had come to a standstill in April due to clashes between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession was bustling on Sunday as people went out in large numbers to exercise their franchise. The clash that erupted on April 16 left eight police personnel and a local resident injured.

Although the situation returned to normalcy months ago, the security in the market area was slightly beefed up with the deployment of police and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel every 200 metres.

Tajman Bibi, one of the Jahangirpuri voters, said he wants the upcoming MCD regime to focus on peace and communal harmony, which are his primary concerns. (PTI)

Over the past few weeks in the run-up to Sunday’s MCD elections, major political parties tried to outdo each with stickers, flags, and placards for their campaign, but one strategy was common — roping in autorickshaws. Fitted with loudspeakers, the vehicles blared campaign songs and slogans from dawn to dusk. While campaigning for the polls ended on Friday, The Indian Express spoke to a few auto drivers across the city to find out what the job involved. In South Delhi’s Kalkaji, Govind Barman said he showed up for work around 8 am and drove his auto till around 9 pm, even as its speakers broadcasted the chant, “MCD mein bhi Kejriwal.”

READ | Decked with flags and loudspeakers, how Delhi’s autos joined the MCD poll campaign

Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur was among senior BJP leaders who made a pitch for BJP candidates Friday, the last day of campaigning for the MCD polls. Thakur, who campaigned in parts of East Patel Nagar, Naraina, Mangolpuri and Ranjit Nagar, said: “Arvind Kejriwal came to power by talking of politics of change. For them, the meaning of changing politics was to openly give protection to rioters and the corrupt. Today, rioters, corrupt and criminals from Delhi to Punjab have open protection of Kejriwal. These are the same people who did the work of throwing… Delhi into riots on the arrival of the President of US to India. Petrol bombs and stones were recovered from houses of AAP leaders and Kejriwal was saving these rioters, giving them a clean chit.”

This will be first election after the MCD was reunified earlier this year. Earlier, the corporation was divided into three – South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), North Delhi Municipal Corporation (North MCD) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC). The elections are seeing a tight contest between the BJP, which currently holds the power of the civic bodies in Delhi, and the AAP, apart from the Congress. The BJP has ruled the MCD for 15 years and is now seeking its fourth term. According to officials, 1.46 crore voters are eligible to cast their vote. “A total of 68 model polling stations and 68 pink stations have been set up across all constituencies. Arrangements for the deployment of security forces has been done. The commission has made elaborate arrangements for a safe, secure, and pleasant voting experience,” said State Election Commissioner Vijay Dev.

READ | Changing politics for AAP means giving protection to rioters, corrupt: BJP’s Thakur

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First published on: 04-12-2022 at 07:07 IST
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