MCD polls: AAP edges past BJP in neck-and-neck contest

7 December, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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According to early trends in the counting of votes for the Delhi local body polls, AAP has established an advantage over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a neck-and-neck race.

According to early trends in the counting of votes for the Delhi local body polls today, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has established an advantage over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a neck-and-neck race.

Official figures from the Election Commission as of 10 a.m. stated that the AAP, which had been lagging since counting began at 8 a.m., has acquired a lead over the ruling BJP. According to the most recent figures, the AAP leads in 114 municipal wards, while the BJP leads in 110.

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As early polls reveal a neck-and-neck contest, the AAP headquarters in New Delhi has erected a victory billboard.

Congress, which has been in third place since the morning, has maintained its position with a lead in 11 wards, while the BSP has a lead in one ward. Four independents are also in the lead.

The high-decibel struggle that took place in the election campaign ahead of the polls on December 4, witnessed both parties’ (BJP, AAP) claims and counter-claims of winning the elections, but it all comes down to December 7, when the election results will be disclosed.

Earlier on December 4, polls for 250 wards of the national capital were held, with around 50% voter turnout and a total of 1,349 candidates in the running. However, with exit polls forecasting an AAP victory in the MCD polls, the low voter participation may not be a sign of pro-incumbency.

The Congress party, which is primarily concerned with the success of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, was not expected to be a major opponent in the latest polling. The party is expected to win barely a few seats.

However, the high-stakes municipal elections are often viewed as a three-way race between the BJP, the AAP, and the Congress.