The BJP won the elections for the Delhi Cantonment, the results of which were declared on Monday. Of the eight seats, the BJP won five, while the Congress managed only two seats and an Independent candidate got one seat.
With the Assembly elections due in the first week of December, both the main parties closely monitored the Cantonment election results. They had campaigned vigorously and had involved all senior leaders keeping in mind the fact that the results would help public opinion in the run up to the Assembly polls. This is the second consecutive loss for the Congress in the city after the MCD elections in April last year.
Senior BJP leader V.K. Malhotra and Delhi BJP state president Harsh Vardhan said the party’s victory was against the misrule of the Congress, price spiral, terrorism and corruption. “The results of the elections have proved that the Congress has lost the trust of the people. It has no moral right to remain in power,” said Harsh Vardhan, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
The Congress, on the other hand, said Delhi Cantt does not reflect the whole of Delhi and nothing much can be read from the results. “Less than one per cent of the polling booths are located in Cantt and the voter turnout too was low. In such a situation, the outcome has no bearing on the Assembly polls later this year,” Delhi Congress President J.P. Aggarwal said.
Aggarwal said while the victory margin in a couple of seats was over 100, around 500 votes were declared invalid. “Most of these votes have been given to the Congress but rejected due to technical reasons in the ballot papers,” the local Congress chief said. He said the party would challenge the elections in court and ask why electronic voting machines were not used.
A senior Congress leader said the result is a “bold and loud warning” for the party