Dec 7, 2022: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 134 seats in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections on Wednesday, led by Arvind Kejriwal.
Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi and party convenor, congratulated and thanked the people of Delhi.
Kejriwal told party workers at the headquarters, “Will try to live up to people’s expectations, urge parties to come together to improve Delhi.”
A party needs 126 votes to win in the MCD’s 250 wards.
The BJP will not control the MCD for the first time in 15 years, however, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not far behind, as it won 104 seats. Since 2007, the BJP has governed the civic body in Delhi.
MCD election took place on December 4 (Sunday), and the counting of votes began at 8 a.m. today to determine the winner of the high-stakes civic polls in which AAP, BJP, and Congress were all candidates. The Congress party received only nine seats. The MCD elections featured a total of 1,349 candidates.
Multiple exit polls predicted that AAP will sweep Delhi, with BJP a distant second and Congress receiving only a handful of seats. MCD is one of the world’s largest municipal bodies, serving over 11 million residents. It manages primary schools, dispensaries, waste management, roads, and sanitation in the capital of India. The MCD elections are also unique because they serve as a crossroads for the central and state governments.
The national capital witnessed high-decibel campaigning by the AAP and BJP, prompting top leaders, including Union ministers, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, and MPs, to take to the streets for door-to-door campaigning and public meetings.