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Fall in vote share taints BJP's rosy picture

The BJP might have termed its victory in two of the three corporations as a "clear-cut referendum" of people's support but a closer inspection of the vote percentage tells a different story.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2012 01:03 IST

The BJP might have termed its victory in two of the three corporations as a "clear-cut referendum" of people's support but a closer inspection of the vote percentage tells a different story.

Information provided by the Delhi State Election Commission has revealed that a number of prominent BJP leaders could not garner even 50% of the total votes polled.

Yogender Chandolia, chairman of the high-powered standing committee, has received only 42% of the total votes; Bhim Singh Sharma, a three-time councillor, has got 27% votes and Meera Aggarwal, whose name is doing rounds for the coveted post of MCD mayor, has managed to get only 35% of the votes.

The situation is no different in South Delhi Corporation, where Sarita Chaudhary, who served as the deputy chairperson of MCD's standing committee, scored only 29% of the votes. She, too, is one of the many being considered for the post of mayor.

According to party workers, there was tough competition on these seats and it resulted in their candidates bagging lower percentage of votes.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/4/19_04_12-metro4.jpg

Trying to justify the fall in the number of votes, a senior BJP leader said: "There are more than six-seven candidates on these seats, so obviously, votes get distributed."

But sources said there are many reasons for the poor show, including the role of rebel candidates. For instance, in south Delhi Corporation where Sarita Chaudhary contested from, there were a lot of BJP rebels working against the party.

However, leader of MCD House Subhash Arya, Mayor Rajni Abbi and Shobha Vijender have managed to get good percentage of votes at 62%, 59% and 71%, respectively. But in all the three corporations, the Congress gave a tough competition to BJP; they missed out on winning by a very small margin.