New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday appeared set to capture the three newly-created municipal corporations in the capital, one with help from others, as Congress fell way behind the saffron party in the civic body polls.
While it was poised to win North and East Corporations comfortably, the BJP looks to be emerging as the single largest party in the South and is confident of getting the support of independents to cross the midway mark.
Of the 206 results declared by State Election Commission out of 272 wards in all three corporations, BJP has bagged 106 while Congress has won 60 seats.
BSP has bagged 14 seats, RLD three, NCP and SP two each and JD(U) and INLD one each while 17 Independents have also won.
In South Delhi Corporation which has a total of 104 wards, BJP has won or is leading in as many as 43 out of the 104 wards while Congress was ahead in 30 seats. Interestingly, others are leading in 26 seats.
In North Delhi Corporation, which has 104 seats, BJP is ahead in 61 seats while Congress is leading in 16 seats. Others are leading in four wards.
In East Delhi Corporation having 64 seats, BJP is leading in 34 seats while Congress is ahead in 26 seats.
Stakes are high for both the national parties in the municipal polls, considered as a semi-final ahead of the Assembly elections next year.
In the 2007 polls to the undivided Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), BJP had bagged 36.17 per cent of the around 42.35 lakh votes polled while Congress got 29.17 per cent. BSP's vote share was 9.87 per cent.
BJP has 164 councillors in the undivided MCD against Congress' 67 and BSP's 17. Congress sought to downplay the results with party spokesperson Rashid Alvi saying that MCD polls should be seen only as civic polls. BJP's M Venkaiah Naidu said BJP's good governance in MCD and Congress' corruption resulted in the good show of his party.
We see MCD polls as civic polls, nothing else: Congress
New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Congress today sought to downplay the surge of BJP in the Delhi municipal elections saying it should be seen only as civic polls, while the saffron party said corruption and price rise helped them.
"Last time BJP had won the MCD polls but Congress came to power in Assembly. Congress even went on to win all the seven Parliament seats. MCD polls should be seen only as MCD polls," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said.
BJP National Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, however, said corruption and price rise were the main reasons for Congress' rout and his party's victory.
"It is a BJP win. Good governance of BJP in MCD polls, corruption by Congress and price rise are the three main issues for the rout of Congress party," Naidu said.