The BJP could be headed for a landslide victory in the Delhi municipal polls with two exit polls predicting the party finishing way ahead of the AAP and the Congress with over 200 of the 270 wards where polling was held today.
Going by the projected figures, the AAP could well be staring at a rout on its home turf, barely two years into its rise to power bagging a staggering 67 of the 70 Assembly seats, while the Congress’ attempt to regain ground may come a cropper.
According to the India Today-Axis exit poll, the BJP may bag anything between 202 and 220 seats, while the AAP and the Congress will score something around 23-35 and 19-31 respectively.
The CVoter-ABP exit poll claimed the BJP was likely to sweep Delhi with 218 seats, limiting the AAP and the Congress to 24 and 22 seats respectively.
Polling was held in 270 wards of the three municipal corporations. The election to two wards has been postponed due to the death of candidates.
Meanwhile, irked over the delay in sending polling percentages by the officials concerned, the State Election Commission (SEC) has decided to issue memos to them.
SEC officials had a hard time compiling the polling percentages at regular intervals as there was a delay in receiving the data from the polling centres.
“There was a delay on the part of the officials concerned in sending the polling percentage data to the control room set up at the SEC headquarters. It has been decided to issue memos to those responsible for it,” said an official.
SEC officials suspect that poor Internet connectivity at the polling centres led to the delay in transmitting the data to the control room.
“There could have been issues with the Internet at the returning officers’ end. Such a problem had never surfaced before,” said an official.
Voting to elect the municipal councillors commenced at over 13,000 polling stations across the national capital at 8 AM amid tight security arrangements.
Of the 13,022 polling stations, the police had declared 3,284 as ‘sensitive’ and 1,464 as ‘hyper-sensitive’.
For the first time, the ‘None Of The Above’ (NOTA) option was made available in the MCD polls.
A total of 1,32,10,206 voters, including over 1.1 lakh first-time voters, were entitled to exercise their franchise to elect councillors for the 270 wards under the three civic bodies — NDMC (103 wards), SDMC (104) and EDMC (63).
Voting officially ended at 5.30 PM, although those who had queued up in front of the polling booths by that time were allowed to cast their votes.