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.
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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.
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.
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.”
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.