BJP, Cong confident, BSP hopes to improve tally
A day before the counting of votes, the two major political parties of Delhi — Congress and the BJP — claimed that their parties will sweep the municipal polls.delhi Updated: Apr 17, 2012 00:59 IST
A day before the counting of votes, the two major political parties of Delhi — Congress and the BJP — claimed that their parties will sweep the municipal polls.
After the state election commission came out with voting percentages of different wards, senior leaders of both the parties held closed door meetings to analyse their chances.
While senior BJP leaders said they will win all three corporations and estimated that at least 150 seats were theirs. Congress leaders too made similar claims and said they were confident of winning 140-145 of the 272 seats.
Senior BJP leaders including Delhi in-charge Venkiah Naidu, Delhi state president Vijender Gupta and Delhi leaders like Aarti Mehra and Vijay jolly among others met at the Delhi BJP office.
“Our district and zonal heads have analysed the voting pattern. We will have a comfortable win in all the three corporations. Even in east Delhi, where the party is being considered weak, we expect to win 50 per cent of the 64 seats,” Delhi BJP spokesperson Vijay Jolly said.
“Price rise and corruption were the too big issues of this election and people have voted for the BJP in huge numbers,” Jolly added.
More than 55 per cent Delhiites exercised their franchise this year. In 2007, only 42.78% had cast votes. While the BJP had won 164 seats, the Congress had managed to secure 67.
Senior Congress leaders, however, claimed that there was a huge undercurrent against the ruling BJP this time and that the Congress was sure to come to power in the MCD.
“The people of Delhi have voted for development. They have understood that Congress is the only party that can bring development to them,” a senior Congress leader said.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the only party to have won a fair number seats in the 2007 municipal elections, also expects to get sizeable votes this time.
“A large number of people have come out and voted in areas where we have good presence. We will certainly win more seats than the last municipal polls,” said a BSP leader.