New Delhi: MCD voting is all set to take place today across the national capital. Voting to elect councilors from as many as 272 wards will be held today. Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi party (AAP), BJP, Congress and other big and small political parties are fighting in the election to showcase their power.
While the Amit Shah led BJP has gone on the offensive in the election and deployed top national level leadership in the capital, it got the biggest morale boost from its massive win in the Rajouri Garden byelection merely a week before the MCD election.
While the BJP candidate won comprehensively in the election, the Congress candidate was second placed and the Aam Aadmi Party candidate was placed a distant third with less than 3000 votes. It shows that the Arvind Kejriwal led party was not in the best health at the moment and that the spate of electoral losses has demoralized the three year old party.
BJP has worked hard to retain its stranglehold over the MCD. It deployed its national president Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, UP chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath and many top of the level party leaders. The Congress party is trying to become relevant in the city once again. The party which has failed to win a single seat in the last two elections held in Delhi, is banking on its 15-year long rule in the union territory between 1998 to 2013. Congress has already witnessed internal rebellion from senior leaders over the selection of candidates for the civic polls.
The MCD has been divided into three corporations including North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). Election to the three corporations will be held on April 23. While NDMC and SMDC have 104 seats each, the EDMC has only 64 seats. Polling is taking place today while counting of votes will take place on April 26.