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MCD elections: Exit polls predict clean sweep by BJP


If we are to believe the exit polls for MCD elections BJP is the clear winner, and in all probability will retain Delhi for the third consecutive term. Though the counting of the votes will be done on April 26, most of the exit polls have predicted a clean sweep for BJP.

According to Hindustan Times, an exit poll by India Today gives about 80 seats each to the party in north and south corporations and 50 in the east corporation. The AAP is predicted to be far behind in the second place in all three corporations, marginally ahead of the Congress.

ABP News, too, has forecast a big victory for BJP, with AAP a distant second. It gives the BJP 88 of 104 seats in the north, 83 of 104 in the south and 47 of 64 in the east. In total, the poll gives BJP 218 seats, AAP 24 and Congress 22.

The voters’ turnout was almost as good as the previous election. In 2012, 53. 23% voters cast their vote and in 2017 the number was 53.6%. The East ward recorded highest turnout of around 55%, followed by North and South ward.

State election commissioner SK Srivastava was quoted by Hindustan Times saying, “We were targeting a turnout of 60%. We made all efforts to encourage the voters, but the heat seems to have pulled down the numbers. But even 54% is a good turnout.”

Hindustan Times has reported that the state election commission did receive 18 complaints of glitches during the elections as far as EVMs are concerned. The poll panel, however, said it received 18 complaints of glitches, which was “normal”, and those were rectified immediately.

Of the 18 complaints, five were received from north Delhi, eight from the south and five from the east, state election commissioner SK Srivastava said. Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and expressed his concern about the EVM machines as he continues to be upset about EVM machines and he also alleged that the people with voter slips were not allowed to cast the vote. “Reports from all over Delhi of EVM malfunction, people with voter slips not allowed to vote. What is State EC doing?” Kejriwal tweeted.