Non-BJP, non-Congress parties couldn’t have had it better.
The smaller parties, along with independent candidates, have won 57 seats, almost 20 % of the total seats, this municipal election compared to 41 seats in the 2007 elections.
Though the state election commission could not compute the total vote share of different parties till late Tuesday, analysts said the results showed these parties got 5% to 6% more votes this time.
“Not only smaller parties won 57 seats, they gave a tough competition to Congress and the BJP on at least 40 more seats. There were certain seats where these parties were a close third and managed to get 20-25 % of the total votes,” said a BSP leader.
The two biggest gainers in these elections among the smaller parties are Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). While the RLD not just opened its account but went on to win five seats, the NCP consolidated on its last election’s performance and won six seats. It had won two seats in the 2007 elections.
“Ajit Singh’s RLD gave tickets to Muslim candidates from the Walled City and the move paid. Though more than the party, it is the candidate who won, it is a victory nonetheless,” said a Congress leader.
NCP, led by Delhi’s old warhorse Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, too, put up a good show. The party’s candidates won all four municipal wards under Badarpur assembly segment and also won in Mehrauli ward. Though the BSP won two seats less than 2007 elections, this time the party put up a good show in a number of other seats.
“Dailt voters have now started voting for the BSP, which is a good sign. Barring 2009 parliamentary election, when the party could muster just about 5% votes, its vote share is increasing,” said a party leader.
The SP performed well in some Muslim dominated pockets by winning two seats.