After UP, it's the Capital: BJP sweeps Delhi Civic Polls, Jolt for AAP

Modi expresses gratitude at Delhites for victory, Shah snaps at Oppn for negative politics
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NEW DELHI
26 Apr 2017

The BJP today scored a hat-trick in the Delhi civic polls as it comfortably retained control of the three municipal corporations, dealing a severe blow to the AAP and dashing the Congress' hope of a revival. Winning 181 out of 270 wards where elections were held, the saffron party added muscle to its decade-long domination of the corporations effortlessly bucking anti-incumbency by riding on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP's corporation-wise tally is: SDMC - 70, NDMC - 64 and EDMC -47 as against AAP's tally of 16, 21 and 11 respectively. Congress finished last with 12, 15 and 3 wards. The BJP had won 138 wards in the last election. Modi expressed his gratitude to the people of Delhi for reposing faith in the BJP and ensuring its resounding victory in the polls. "I laud the hard work of team @BJP4Delhi which made the resounding MCD win possible," he tweeted. In his first reaction, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promised all cooperation to the civic bodies and refrained from commenting on EVMs, the alleged manipulation" of which has been identified by him as the reason behind AAP's string of poll upsets. "I congratulate BJP on their victory in all 3 MCDs. My govt looks forward to working wid MCDs for the betterment of Delhi (sic),'' Kejriwal, who went into a huddle with top leaders of the AAP as the results trickled in early in the day, tweeted.The victory is especially sweet for the BJP as it comes two years after it suffered a shock defeat in the Assembly polls where a near-absolute majority had catapulted the AAP to the national stage. For the AAP, the rout comes after successive jolts in Punjab and Goaassembly polls and the Rajouri Garden Assembly bypoll here and has ledto murmurs of discontent in the party becoming louder. The opposition called it a "referendum" on the Kejriwal government and demanded that the CM resign. The Congress, which was hoping to bounce back in Delhi by putting up acreditable show, has been resigned to political wilderness. Ajay Maken, who has steered the party's local unit over the last two years, has resigned as the Delhi Pradesh Congress chief. In Kolkata  BJP president Amit Shah said the people of Delhi had rejected negative politics and put their seal of approval on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Sabka saath, sabka vikas' programme. "This is an unprecedented win for the BJP. I express my gratitude to the people of Delhi. This is the victory of Modiji's leadership. The people of Delhi have rejected the negative politics andthe politics of excuses and helped Modiji's 'vijay rath' to move forward. " Shah said at a media meet in Kolkata while reacting to the BJP's victory in the MCD polls. However the Congress today pitched for opposition unity, saying regional parties should realise that "blind anti- Congressism" will not work. AICC incharge of communications department Randeep Surjewala said parties must put the country first in the "battle of ideologies", remarks which come in the backdrop of attempts by leaders like JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee to rally anti-BJP forces to stop the saffron juggernaut. He also congratulated the BJP for its emphatic victory in Delhi MCD elections, in which Congress had been relegated to the third spot, and hoped it would work for a clean, corruption-free and development driven Delhi. "Hope all regional parties will now realise that blind anti-Congressism is not the way. Country must come first in the battle of ideologies," Surjewala said on twitter.(PTI)