New Delhi: The counting of votes polled in Delhi municipal elections began at 8am today, with the results likely to have political ramifications beyond the national capital.
“We are all working as per the schedule. All the EVMs have been deposited with due seal and counting will begin at 8am. There are 35 counting centres and we are all geared up,” Delhi state election commissioner S.K. Srivastava said on Tuesday.
The high-stakes elections to Delhi Municipal Corporations (MCD) were held on 23 April and witnessed a voter turnout of 53.58%, a shade higher than that recorded in 2012.
The three main players—the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress—had campaigned intensely ahead of MCD elections and all of them are expecting a favourable mandate, even as an exit poll has predicted a “landslide victory” for the saffron party.
Here are the live updates to MCD election results:
8.40am: Trends show BJP increasing its lead in MCD North to 31 seats, MCD South to 30 seats and MCD East to 12 seats. In second position, AAP maintains its leads in North in 6 seats. Congress is leading in 13 seats in South and 6 seats in East.
8.30am: After the first half an hour of counting, BJP has taken a lead in 16 seats in MCD North, 19 seats in MCD South and 6 seats in MCD East. While the Congress is trailing second in South and East, AAP is second in North.
8.25am: Congress takes lead in South Delhi’s Zakir Nagar. BJP leads in North Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar and Sonia Vihar MCD East as early trends come in.
8.20am: After early trends showed a lead for BJP, Manoj Tewari said, “AAP has conceded defeat. Hope to win all 270 seats.”
8.10am: Early results show BJP leading in 2 seats in MCD North, Congress leading 2 in MCD South and BJP leading 3 in MCD East.
8am: Election Commission (EC) begins counting of votes at 35 centres in Delhi.
Source – Live mint