MCD election results 2017: Will teach BJP lesson, says Congress

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], April 26, ANI: With the counting of votes for the Delhi Municipal Corporation (MCD) elections underway, Congress on Wednesday expressed confidence about winning the civic polls while saying that it would teach the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a lesson. "We have really worked hard and I do hope that we will do very well in this election.The grassroot workers are with us.We will teach opposition parties a lesson this time," Congress leader Sharmishtha Mukherjee told ANI. Meanwhile, Congress leader Kiran Walia asserted that her party would accept the result, whatever it may come, adding that the saffron party is getting the votes only because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "This is a very big jump for Congress. We will accept the exit polls' result. I do agree that there is a wave of BJP. People are giving votes to BJP just because of Modi Ji," Walia told ANI. Votes for the elections will be counted at 35 centers across the city. Of these, 16 are in North Delhi, 13 in the South, and six in East Delhi. As many as 90,000 security personnel of Delhi Police, paramilitary forces and Home Guards have been deployed at the counting centres. The counting will go on till late in the day, but initial trends are expected to come in by 11 a.m. Voting to pick three new municipal corporations in Delhi took place on Sunday, in which 54 percent of the 1.32 crore electorates exercised their franchise till 5.30 p.m. However, the polling did not take place in two wards, Maujpur in east Delhi and Sarai Pipal Thala in north Delhi where a candidate each of the Samajwadi Party died. The BJP, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were the three main contenders in the fray. A total of 2,537 candidates were in the fray for the 104 seats each of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the South Delhi Muncipal Corporation, and 64 seats of the East Delhi Municipal Congress. For the first time in the MCD elections, the None Of The Above (NOTA) option has been made available.(ANI)