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BJP sweeps a big victory in Delhi civic polls, setback for Kejriwal


New Delhi: The counting of votes for the Delhi Municipal Corporation (MCD) elections is underway and BJP has yet again made a clean sweep in Delhi civic polls.

Votes for the elections will be counted at 35 centers across the city. Of these, 16 are in North Delhi, 13 in the South, and six in East Delhi.

A total of 2,537 candidates were in the fray for the 104 seats each of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 64 seats of the East Delhi Municipal Congress. The three civic bodies cover 68 of the 70 constituencies of the Delhi assembly. Two other smaller civic bodies are the Delhi Cantonment Board and the New Delhi Municipal Council.

As many as 90,000 security personnel of Delhi Police, paramilitary forces and Home Guards have been deployed at the counting centres.

Here are LIVE updates:

Key Takeaways from Delhi Civic Polls:

11:35: “Delhi MCD results are vote against negative politics and politics of excuses,” says Amit Shah

11:30: Ajay Maken resigns as Delhi Congress chief

09:38: The BJP wins two wards in South MCD — Janakpuri west by 1347, Janakpuri south by 5362 votes.

09:37: Yogendra Yadav said:

“People have ended up rejecting the CM (Chief Minister) and electing the PM”. Yadav, who now leads the Swaraj India, had earlier written an open letter to Kejriwal and challenged him to win at least 50% in the civic polls or step down.

09:32: The BJP reaches the magic number in East, too — leading in 35 seats.

09:26: The BJP reaches the magic number in north MCD — leading in 52 wards.

08:58 am:

South MCD: BJP: 35; AAP: 10; Congress: 10; INLD: 1.

East MCD: BJP: 13; AAP: 3; BSP: 1; Congress: 7.

BJP: 37; AAP: 11; Independent: 2; Congress: 5

08:48: BJP leading in 73 wards, Congress in 16 and AAP in 13. For the Congress, a good performance in the civic polls will mean a political revival in Delhi after the party failed to win a single seat in the last assembly polls.

08:46: BJP is leading in all the three MCDs. Counting of two rounds has been completed.

08:40: South Delhi Municipal Corporation (78/104):

BJP: 54

Congress: 18

AAP: 6

Others: 0

08.12: In the Dwarka ward in south MCD, the BJP is leading by 599 votes after first round.

08.11: In south MCD, BJP is leading on three seats, BSP on one.

08.10: First trends from East MCD yet to come. The AAP takes lead at one ward in north MCD.

08.08: BJP is leading in three seats in north MCD. Congress on one.

08:00: Counting of votes begins.

07:51: BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari offers prayers ahead of counting of votes.



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