Counting of votes is underway in the 13 wards of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to which byelections were held. The results of the elections are likely to have a bearing on the 2017 municipal elections.
45.9 per cent of the 6,68,870 eligible voters exercised their franchise in the high-stake bypolls for the wards falling under three corporations – SDMC (7), NDMC (4) and EDMC (2), being billed as a litmus test for popularity of the AAP government.
Both BJP and Congress have exuded confidence of impressive performance at the civic hustings.
The 13 wards which went to the bypolls are Quamruddin Nagar, Shalimar Bagh (North), Ballimaran, Nawada, Vikas Nagar, Matiala, Nanakpura, Munirka, Bhati, Tehkhand, Khichripur, Jhilmil and Wazirpur.
Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken tells ANI: “Seats where Congress has been traditionally weak, if we’ve been able to win those, its a big achievement. I want to thank Rahul Gandhiji as well for taking an initiative to address problems of people in slums.”
So Congress technically has won 5 wards as the Independent candidate who won the Bhati ward has reunited with the party.