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AAP leaders discuss party performance in MCD polls

AAP leaders discuss party performance in MCD polls

The election to two wards has been postponed due to the death of candidates. Kejriwal called the election a referendum on the BJP's decade-long work in municipal bodies.

According to exit poll results, the BJP is going to get over 200 wards and will win handsomely. While the BJP is upbeat after its victory, the Congress is happy with its increased vote share there.

Kejriwal, accompanied by his parents, wife and daughter, reached a polling booth in North Delhi's Civil Lines area to cast vote. "Reports from across Delhi of EVM malfunction; people with voter slips were not allowed to vote".

The AAP has fielded candidates on all 272 wards while the Congress has 271 candidates in the fray.

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While incumbent BJP is contesting the elections to maintain its 10-year supremacy in the municipal corporation, AAP is looking at retaining its political relevance after the drubbing it received in the Punjab and Goa assembly elections. Two years ago, AAP had won the state election dramatically, losing just three of Delhi's 70 seats - all to BJP.

In South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the exit poll put the tally at 83 of the total 104 seats. In previous several elections, the party's vote share had remained between 30 and 35 per cent in the national Capital.

Kejriwal appealed the people to come out in large numbers and vote for a "Dengue and Chikungunya free" Delhi.

Voting for 270 seats across the North, South and East municipal corporations came to an end at 5.30 pm. This time, the counting will be held on April 26. Like the last MCD elections, the turnout was low in the morning and it picked up in the evening with the closing time stretching to nearly 8 PM in a few localities.

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While the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress are major players, Swaraj India, a party floated by former AAP leaders, has also made sustained efforts to get its message across in its debut election.

Dilip Pandey, the party's Delhi convener, suggested the voting machines had been manipulated and "fake exit polls" conducted to prepare the ground for rigged results.

"We do not give any importance to exit poll results".

In North Delhi, 73,051 votes out of 49.55 lakh were polled with the voting percentage being 1.47. Although the party did not given any tickets to sitting corporators in an effort to appear to be heralding change, it is to be seen if the city's residents have bought the argument, or are keen for the party to pay for the misgovernance and corruption in the civic bodies.

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