New Delhi: In Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has once again got everyone’s support as it managed to secure win in four wards while Congress got one and BJP drew a blank in the municipal bypoll elections announced on Wednesday.
Voting was held in two wards, Rohini-C and Shalimar Bagh (North), in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), and three wards, Trilokpuri, Kalyanpuri and Chauhan Banger, in the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) on February 28 with 50.86 per cent voter turnout.
AAP retained two seats- Kalyanpuri and Trilokpuri – and won Rohini C, which was with BSP but was vacated when its councilor won a MLA election on an AAP ticket. It also won the Shalimar Bagh ward, which was earlier held by BJP.
Vijay Kumar from Trilokpuri defeated BJP’s Om Prakash by a margin of 4,986 votes; Dhirender Kumar won the Kalyanpuri ward by 7,043 votes; AAP’s Sunita Mishra defeated Surbhi Jaju of BJP in Shalimar Bagh ward by 2,705 votes; and Ram Chander of AAP defeated BJP candidate Rakesh Goyal by 2,985 votes in Rohini C.
Whereas, one of the most surprising results were from Chauhan Banger where Congress candidate Chaudhary Zubair Ahmad defeated AAP’s Mohammad Ishraq Khan by 10,642 votes.
Celebrating the big win, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, in a tweet, congratulated party workers for the victory and said people were fed up with BJP and would bring in Arvind Kejriwal’s politics of honesty and work in the MCD polls next year.
On the other hand, BJP Delhi chief Adesh Gupta was in a complete dismay and said the party would introspect what led to the losses. “Four seats were already with AAP, but losing Shalimar Bagh was disheartening,” he said.
Mr. Gupta further alleged that there was enough time to improve the party’s performance before the 2022 municipal polls.