Delhi MCD Election 2017: All you need to know about April 23 polls

The upcoming MCD elections will be a litmus test for the BJP, AAP and Congress.

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New Delhi, April 11: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) held elections on April 23 and the results were declared on April 26. Three key players- BJP, AAP and Congress left no stone unturned in wooing Delhi voters. Other parties include Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj India, JD(U), Samajwadi Party, BSP and Independents were also in the fray.

For the first time in MCD elections, 'None Of The Above (NOTA)' option was available. Let's understand what all you need to know about Delhi civic polls.

MCD Elections 2017: BJP vs AAP vs Congress

Total number of wards- 272

The entire MCD area is divided into 12 zones spread across 3 smaller municipal corporations- NDMC, SDMC and EDMC. Over 1.10 lakh people are eligible to exercise their franchise for the first time in the polls.

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Total electorate: 1,32,10,206 [Males- 73,15,915; Females- 58,93,418; Transgenders- 793]

As many as 71,39,994 votes were polled on April 23. South Delhi polled maximum 26,87,685 votes, followed by North Delhi at 26,80,011. East Delhi polled 17,72,298 votes. Over 1.32 crore electorate were eligible to vote in the polls.

While the male vote share stood at 54.04 per cent, the figure for women was pegged at 53.02. 93 votes were polled by people belonging to the other category. North Delhi Municipal Corporation's Bakhtawarpur ward recorded the highest voter turnout at over 68 per cent, while south Delhi's Lado Sarai registered the least turnout at 39 per cent.

BJP

This time, the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided not to field sitting councillors but it has projected new faces. The BJP has been ruling the MCD since over a deacde.

AAP

The ruling Aam Aaadmi Party (AAP)-led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced 262 candidates. AAP has reportedly given 145 tickets to women candidates.

Congress

The Congress has announced 267 candidates.

Swaraj India Party

The Swaraj India Party was founded by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on October 2, 2016, after the duo had a fallout with the AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal. SIP has so far announced 109 candidates.

Key issues

Corruption, Cleanliness, Sanitation, Roads, Environment, Health and Education.

MCD bypoll 2016 tally [on 13 seats]

The AAP had made an impressive debut in the MCD in May 2016 bypolls on 13 seats, when AAP had won 5 seats, Congress- 4, BJP- 3 and Independent- 1 seat.

Before bypolls, the BJP held 7 wards, 1- RLD and 5- Independents out of the 13 wards.

MCD Election 2012 Results

The BJP had won 142 seats, while the Congress had bagged 77 seats in 2012 MCD elections.

The BJP won a majority in the north and east and was the largest party in MCD south. The Congress had trailed in second place in all three. The MCD polls in 2012 had seen a turnout of 54%.

About MCD

The MCD  was trifurcated in 2012 and has been under the BJP for the last decade. Delhi MCD is divided into three zones- East, North and South and total number of wards is 272.

NDMC areas- Karol Bagh, Sadar Paharganj, Civil Lines, Rohini, Narela

SDMC areas- Central Delhi, South Delhi, West Delhi, Najafgarh

EDMC areas- Shadara South, Shahdara North

NDMC and SDMC have 104 seats each while EDMC has 64 seats.

NDMC and SDMC have 104 seats each while EDMC has 64 seats.The MCD elections will be held on April 23 and results will be announced on April 26.

Analysis:

The upcoming MCD elections will be a litmus test for the BJP, AAP and Congress.

The BJP has been ruling the MCD since more than 14 years and this time too, the party rides high on Modi factor and is focusing on key agendas like Swacch Bharat and development. To send out a strong message to its bitter rival AAP, the BJP must put its best foot forward, to retain the power.

The ruling AAP looks confident after winning 67 out of 70 seats in last assembly elections in Delhi. It is also targeting the BJP on alleged financial irregularities and is promising clean Delhi. However it's poor performance in the recently held bypoll in Rajouri Garden and Punjab and Goa assembly elections may take a toll in the MCD polls.

For the Congress, it will be yet another chance for the party to prove its existence and to revive its fortune in the national capital, after recent debacle in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly elections.

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