Only 50% voter turnout was recorded in Delhi in the first civic polls since the merger of the three erstwhile municipal corporations — North, South and East — in May, and after the total number of municipal wards were reduced to 250 from the previous total of 272..
The high-stakes poll is largely being perceived as a two-way contest between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), while the Congress looks to throw a surprise or two.
The run-up to the polls witnessed large-scale aggressive campaigns which included numerous roadshows and nukkad sabhas by both AAP as well as the BJP, which concluded on Sunday.
The BJP consistently deployed big names from its national and State leadership – the likes of party national president J.P. Nadda and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma – to levy allegations of corruption, paired with theatrics, against AAP.
AAP has maintained its stance of being “ kattar imandaar” (honest to the core) and mounted its campaign on civic issues revolving around waste management, the city’s three landfills and the MCD’s poor finances that they claim were largely ignored by the BJP during the latter’s 15-year term in the civic body.
Here are the updates:
Delhi Congress chief unable to vote after finding name missing from electoral rolls
Delhi Congress president Anil Kumar Chaudhary could not cast his vote in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections on Sunday after finding out that his name was missing from the electoral rolls.
While a delegation of Delhi Congress leaders filed a complaint with the State Election Commission alleging foul play, authorities said the electoral rolls are prepared by the Election Commission of India and the Delhi State Election Commission has no jurisdiction to make any additions or deletions.
“My name is neither on the voters’ list nor on the deleted list. My wife has voted,” Mr. Kumar said at a polling booth in east Delhi’s Dallupura.
Mr. Kumar, a former MLA, went to cast his vote at Ward No 193-Kondly, and found his name missing from the electoral roll.
The complaint submitted by the Delhi Congress alleged that Mr. Chaudhary’s name was “intentionally” removed from the electoral roll, but not deleted which points towards foul play.
“The BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party have tried to destroy the democratic system of a citizen’s right to vote and elect a democratic government.
“We demand that a thorough probe be ordered against the Returning Officer and suitable action should be taken against the erring officers,” the complaint said.- PTI
Around 50% voting recorded till 5.30 p.m.
Around 50% voter turnout was recorded till 5:30 pm in the high-stakes election to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Sunday.
Voting is, however, going on at many polling stations where voters reported just before 5:30 pm, authorities said, adding that the polling percentage is likely to go up.
Voting concluded at 5.30 pm.
While the turnout at 12.30 pm was 18%, it rose to 30% by 2.30 PM. Over 45% voter turnout was recorded till 4 pm.
The previous civic body polls in 2017 had recorded 53% voting.
The counting of votes will take place on December 7.- PTI
AAP, BJP trade charges of violation of model code on polling day
The BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party accused each other of violating model code of conduct during voting in municipal polls in Delhi on Sunday.
Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor alleged that recorded messages of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealing people to vote for the AAP were received by lakhs of people on the day of polling.
He said it was a violation of model code of conduct and lodged a complaint with the State Election Commission.
The party also lodged a complaint against AAP MLA Durgesh Pathak and another party leader Vijendra Garg.
In his complaint, Delhi BJP’s Legal cell co-convener Sanket Gupta alleged that both Mr. Pathak and Mr. Garg violated model code of conduct by campaigning on the night of December 3 which was “silence period” before voting.
The complaint also cited a viral social media video of the two AAP leaders allegedly campaigning.
The party demanded the Election Commission to direct police to register an FIR against Mr. Pathak and Mr. Garg.
No reaction was available from the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) over the BJP’s allegations despite repeated efforts to reach its leaders.
North East Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari also alleged that names of hundreds of voters in Yamuna Vihar and other parts of his North East Delhi constituency were deleted at the behest of AAP government.
“I talked to the State Election Commissioner Vijay Dev and lodged my complaint with him. We will demand cancellation of polls in these area, if needed,” Mr. Tiwari told reporters.
AAP MLA Dilip Pandey told reporters people are going to punish the BJP for its 15 years’ misrule of the civic bodies. and Mr. Tiwari should “stop crying foul”.
AAP candidate from Pushp Vihar in South Delhi, Arun Nawariya alleged BJP workers distributed money to influence voters.
“The SHO of Ambedkar Nagar police station checked the complaint by visiting the place referred by the AAP candidate. One person was found there but he was not worker of any party. The enquiry revealed that the complaint was bogus,” said a police officer.- PTI
Jahangirpuri votes for peace, harmony and cleanliness
The residents of Northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri have cast their votes for peace, communal harmony and cleanliness in this Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.
The market area in Jahangirpuri which had come to a standstill in April due to clashes between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession was bustling on Sunday as people went out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.
The clash that erupted on April 16 left eight police personnel and a local resident injured.
Although the situation returned to normalcy months ago, the security in the market area was slightly beefed up with the deployment of police and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel every 200 metres.- PTI
Waterlogging, poor roads in mind as voters in Delhi’s rural areas turn up in large numbers
Grappling with issues such as waterlogging, poor roads and lack of education facilities, people in the rural areas of Delhi’s Rohini and Badli turned up in large numbers on Sunday to vote in the Delhi municipal elections.
Waiting in a long queue outside a polling booth in Rohini sector 18, 86-year-old Shanti Devi told PTI that better drainage facilities and roads are needed in her locality.
“The main point is corruption should be rooted from the MCD. We need better facilities here. There are problems pertaining to potable water, broken roads and clogged drains. MCD officials often come and dig up the roads around without even thinking about the issues faced by residents because of this,” she alleged.
Somesh Puri, who also lives in the same area, said residents have to face knee-deep water on the roads every monsoon. He also claimed that water supplied to the households is often unfit for consumption.
“Residents cannot step out of their houses during the monsoon because of water-logged roads. The drains remain clogged throughout the year and the sewage water spills onto the roads during the rainy season. The water that we get in our household is contaminated and unfit for consumption,” the 60-year-old said.
Slum dwellers in Delhi are a major segment of voters and can decide the fate of candidates in many wards. While the BJP has promised to provide them proper houses with help from the Centre if voted to power again, the AAP has been able to create a strong support base in these areas, as evidenced by its back-to-back victories in the assembly polls.- PTI
45% voter turnout recorded till 4 p.m.
Over 45% voter turnout was recorded till 4 p.m. in the high-stakes election to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Sunday.
While the turnout at 12.30 pm was 18%, it rose to 30% by 2.30 p.m. Voting will conclude at 5.30 p.m.
The previous civic body polls in 2017 had recorded 53% voting.
The counting of votes will take place on December 7.- PTI
Several left disappointed after their names missing from voters’ list; BJP complains with SEC
People in North-East Delhi and several other areas complained that their names were not mentioned in the voters’ lists. Anil Kumar, the Delhi Congress president, was among those who could not vote after their name was missing from the list.
“My name is neither on the voters’ list nor on the deleted list. My wife has voted,” Mr. Kumar said at a polling booth in Dallupura in East Delhi.
Several queries sent to State Election Commission officials on the issue did not elicit any response.
BJP Manoj Tiwari alleged that the names of several hundred voters were deleted in Mauj Pur and Yamuna Vihar areas in his North East Delhi constituency at the behest of the ruling AAP.
“I have talked to State Election Commissioner and lodged a complaint with him. We will seek cancellation of the polls here if needed,” Mr. Tiwari told reporters at a Maujpur ward, adding that he will also explore legal options.- PTI
First-time voters bat for clean Delhi, better civic amenities
First-time voters batted for a spick and span Delhi with better civic amenities as they queued up for the MCD elections on Sunday.
Of the 1.45 crore voters in Delhi, 95,0000 are first-time voters.
Coming out of a polling station set up at ITI Malviya Nagar, 18-year-old Namita said her vote was for cleanliness, better education, better parking facilities and against encroachment. -PTI
Voters travel from far to cast votes
Despite having moved from the area, Bharat Gupta and Ranjana Gupta came back to Kotla Mubarakpur to cast their votes as they point out some of the main problems in the locality.
“Even though our business is still here, we moved to Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram about a month ago for better facilities and living conditions. There is no parking space in the area, roads have knee-deep water logged during rains, and there are not many trees around here,” says Ms. Gupta
Mr. Gupta says that their son, Sujal, is voting for the first time and is very excited about it. - The Hindu
Age is no deterrent: Centenarians cast vote with enthusiasm in MCD poll
Accompanied by her daughter, 106-year-old Shanti Bala Vaidya reached a polling station in the Bara Hindu Rao area in north Delhi to cast her vote in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) poll on Sunday morning. “She has not missed a single election since she started voting,” her 40-year-old daughter Kamla said.
Police personnel deployed at Deputy Ganj polling station also helped Vaidya in casting her vote. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi said police also have a responsibility towards voters, especially senior citizens. “Our personnel at polling booths have been briefed and sensitised to assist anyone who needs help,” he said. -PTI
National capital sees 30% voter turnout till 2.30 p.m.
At least thirty per cent voter turnout was recorded till 2.30 p.m. in the high stakes election to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
While the turnout at 12.30 p.m. was 18%, the polling picked pace as the day progressed and will continue till 5.30 p.m.
The counting of votes will take place on December 7.
“The polling till 2 p.m. is around 30 percent for all 250 wards in Delhi. The process is going on smoothly in all the wards. No untoward incident has been reported so far,” a senior official of the State Election Commission (SEC) said. -PTI
Kejriwal taking credit for MCD’s work: Gautam Gambhir
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Gautam Gambhir on Sunday said that the party has “genuinely worked” for the people of Delhi in the last 15 years it has been in power at the city’s civic body.
Gambhir also slammed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for ‘taking credit’ for the work done by the MCD.
Speaking to the reporters after casting his vote in Old Rajender Nagar, Gambhir said, “The MCD has fought against Dengue. MCD is working in all three landfills. I am not an astrologer like the Chief Minister, that I can say about the number of seats that we will win. I can tell the reality. The reality is that we have genuinely worked for the people of Delhi in the last 15 years. We have not made false advertisements. MCD fought against Dengue and the Delhi Chief Minister takes credit for it.”
Gambhir further took on Kejriwal over the landfill issue and said that the Chief Minister did not work to finish it.
“He has not visited the landfill in the past 8 years, and he says that he is finishing the landfill. Investing thousands of crores in advertising will not do good to the people of Delhi,” he said. — ANI
Feel empowered after voting, say differently-abled voters
Being wheelchair-bound or walking with crutches was not a deterrent for differently-abled Delhi residents who enthusiastically arrived at the polling booths on Sunday to make their vote count for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election.
36-year-old differently-abled voter of Kotla Mubarakpur ward, Sheikh Azad, says that he cast his vote for better roads and solution to the problem of water-logging in his area. “Roads in my lane and nearby market are in very bad condition making it difficult to use the wheelchair. Water-logging and overflowing of sewer are also prominent here,” says Azad, a tailor by profession.
Azad says that since the polling booth was on the ground floor, he did not have a problem casting his vote. “Some officials had asking if I wanted a pickup to the booth, but I told them it was close to my house and I will manage,” he adds.—The Hindu
Names of 450 voters deleted from list because they support BJP, claims Manoj Tiwari
The names of 450 voters in Subash Mohalla ward in the national capital have been deleted from the voters’ list because they support BJP, claimed BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Sunday and demanded cancellation and re-election of the polls in the ward.
He was speaking to media persons at the Yamuna Vihar polling booth, Subhash Mohalla ward.
The BJP MP further alleged that this is a big conspiracy by the Delhi government
“In the Subash Mohalla ward, the names of 450 voters have been deleted from the voters’ list because they support BJP. This is a big conspiracy by the Delhi government. I will complain against this and appeal for cancellation of this polls and re-election,” said Mr. Tiwari.— ANI
18% voter turnout recorded till 12 p.m.
The voter turnout recorded till 12 p.m. across the 250 municipal wards in the Capital stood at 18%. — The Hindu
Confusion of names missing from the voters list seen at Chirag Delhi ward
A newspaper distributor, Babu Das, says his and his sister’s names were missing from the list. “I have checked two polling stations and have roamed around to confirm with polling agents as well,” he says.
Mr. Das, after checking his name online, says, “The polling agents said my name has been removed from the list. They did not tell any reason.”
The 47-year-old says that he had shifted his house some years ago. “We got out address updated when the officials came a couple of months ago. But now our names are not in either of the areas. Officials inside the booth asked me to get it checked online.”
In the last corporation elections, Shah Pur Jat area was part of the Greater Kailash ward, and was shifted to Chirag Delhi after the fresh delimitation exercise. —The Hindu
“Don’t vote for those who are corrupt...”, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal after he casts vote
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal voted along with his family on Sunday at a polling booth in Civil Lines for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections and urged people not to vote for those who are corrupt.
While speaking to media persons after casting his vote, the Delhi Chief Minister said that the election is an opportunity to clean Delhi.
“I appeal to people to vote in large numbers. We can see there is garbage everywhere. It is an opportunity to clean Delhi. Vote for the party which does development work, not vote for such a party that stops the work of Delhi. Vote for the honest party. Don’t vote for those who are corrupt. Vote for good people and not for those who do gundaism, corruption and use abusive language. We have to clean Delhi in the next 5 years,” said the Delhi Chief Minister. — ANI
9% voter turnout recorded until 10.30 a.m.
9% voter turnout recorded until 10.30 a.m., according to State Election Commission Delhi.
BJP has taken country to new heights, I hope people will vote accordingly in MCD polls: Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Former Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Sunday cast his vote for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections at a polling booth in Krishna Nagar and said hoped that people vote accordingly stating that the BJP has taken the country to new heights.
The former health minister said that he has confidence that a large number of people from Delhi will cast their votes.
“I have full confidence that a large number of people from Delhi will cast their votes. Under the leadership of PM Modi, BJP has taken the country to new heights, I hope people vote accordingly. Delhi has seen the work of BJP in the last 15 years,” said Mr. Vardhan. — ANI
Confusion ensues as voters unable to find designated polling booths
Multiple electors from the Civil Lines ward, in north Delhi, were confused and unable to find the designated polling booths to cast their votes.
35-year-old Mahesh has roamed across three polling stations to cast his vote, but none seem to have his name on the list.
He added, ”No one at polling booth is able to tell me as to which station I should go to. The ward number has changed and i found out only today.”
Echoing a similar view is Anil, who has been frantically hopping from one polling station to another, since 8 a.m.
“My vote now falls in the civil lines ward, but I can’t seem to find my booth. Its very confusing,” said the 33-year-old.
The total number of municipal wards in Delhi were reduced to 250 — from the previous total of 272 wards — through a Delimitation excercise that was completed in mid-October. This redrawing of ward boundaries has also led to many voters realising that their areas have been shifted to neighbouring wards. — The Hindu
“They have a habit of lying”: BJP’s Parvesh Verma attacks AAP, as Delhiites vote for MCD
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Parvesh Verma on Sunday attacked the Aam Aadmi Party by stating that it has a “habit of lying” and exuded confidence that they will get more than 80 per seats in the ongoing Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.
“AAP was claiming to form government in Goa, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh but people know that they have a habit of lying. During the COVID, no one from AAP was seen working for the people. Only MCD workers were standing with them,” Parvesh Verma said after casting his vote along with his wife at a polling booth in Matiala village.
He further said that the party will get around 210 seats in the currently underway polls. “We are getting around 210 seats out of 250 in the MCD polls,” Parvesh Verma said.— ANI
First-time voters cast their vote for cleaner city, better roads
Three first-time voters say they have cast their votes for the betterment of their roads, parks, and garbage condition in their Begumpur village of Malviya Nagar ward.
Akanksha, who is an engineering student, says, “Look at this broken road and the garbage on the side. It has been there for years and nobody bothers to look at it.”
“We have also seen who has worked in our area. There are some candidates who don’t even know the area properly,” says a vocal Akanksha and adds that she was sure who to vote for this time.
Kunal, a journalism student at Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication, says, “I have been talking to people and local leaders in my area as it’s our time to observe things around us. We have voted for the better candidate this time and will see now how the person works.” — The Hindu
Delhi Congress chief claims his name missing from voters’ list at polling booth
Delhi Congress president Anil Chaudhary claimed that he found his name missing from the voters’ list when he arrived at the polling booth to cast his vote for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections on Sunday.
Mr. Chaudhary claimed that his name is neither in the voters list nor in the deleted list.“My name is neither in the voter list nor in the deleted list. My wife has voted. Officials are checking it,” said the Delhi Congress president who arrived at a polling booth in Dallupura to cast his vote.
Congress leader Alka Lamba urges people to vote for change
Congress leader Alka Lamba on Sunday urged people of the national capital to vote for change in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.
The Congress leader exercised her franchise at a polling booth in Raghuveer Nagar.
“I appeal to people to come out of their homes and vote. People should vote for change,” she said after casting her vote.— ANI
Dirty streets, drains, and 2020 riots are the main deciding factor, says East Delhi’s Jafrabad resident
Mohammad Alimuddin, 42, a resident of Jafrabad in North East Delhi said that dirty streets and drains are the main issues of the area.
Pointing to open drains clogged with waste and plastic he said, “The situation has been like this for the past five years. Though both councillor and MLA were from the AAP, they did not do anything. Last time I voted for AAP, but this time I didn’t.”
North East witnessed communal riots in 2020 in which at least 53 people were killed and this is the first election in the area since then.
“The riots is in everyone’s mind still. It’s not the sole deciding factor of who I vote for, but it’s still a main factor,” he added.— The Hindu
BJP failed miserably to work for Delhi people, says Manish Sisodia
As voting is underway for Delhi MCD elections on Sunday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accused BJP of not doing anything for Delhi for the last 15 years and said that it has failed miserably to work for the people of the city.
Mr. Sisodia appealed to the people of the national capital to vote in record numbers and to make the city clean.
“1.5 crore people are going to vote in Municipal Corporation polls today. I appeal to people to keep in my mind that MCD’s priority is to keep Delhi clean, sanitation issues, landfill, corruption, parking mess, stray animals and to build schools and hospitals among others. everyone to think before voting and vote for keeping Delhi clean. Vote for a garbage-free Delhi,” he said.— ANI
Vote for making Delhi clean, beautiful city: CM Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday urged people in the city to exercise their franchise for setting up an honest and performing establishment in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).
“Today is voting for making a neat and clean and beautiful Delhi, voting for forming a corruption free government (establishment) at the municipal corporation. I appeal all the Delhi citizen to do go for voting to form an honest and performing government at the MCD,” Mr. Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi. — ANI
Tight security in view of the polls in Delhi
Around 40,000 police personnel, 20,000 home guards as well as 108 companies of paramilitary and state armed police forces will be deployed to ensure smooth conduct of the MCD election, officials said.
Sixty drones will also be used to ensure law and order in sensitive areas, they said. — PTI
Voting begins for 250 municipal wards in the national Capital
Delhi gears up to elect 250 municipal wards from 1349 candidates on a chilly winter morning. Voting started at 8 a.m. and will continue till 5.30 p.m.
After days of high-decibel campaigning by what is being seen as a two-way contest between AAP and BJP, the people of Delhi vote in the first civic polls since the merger of the three erstwhile municipal corporations.
Wholesale, retail markets to remain closed on December 4, says CTI
All wholesale and retail markets in the national capital will remain closed on December 4 in view of the civic body polls here, a traders’ body said on Saturday.
The Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) said popular markets, including Lajpat Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Kamala Nagar, Karol Bagh, Laxmi Nagar among others will remain close. — PTI
(With inputs from Agencies)