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MCD election 2017: Kejriwal to launch ‘movement’ if exit poll forecast come true

Exit polls have predicted that the BJP will retain Delhi’s three municipal corporations. The counting for the 270 wards across the three civic bodies is on April 26 for the election billed by rivals as a referendum on two years of the Arvind Kerjriwal government.

delhi Updated: May 05, 2017 10:50 IST
Vishal Kant
Vishal Kant
New Delhi, Hindustan Times
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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at a polling booth to cast his vote for the MCD elections 2017.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

After pollsters predicted rout for the Aam Aadmi Party in municipal elections, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal warned of launching a “movement” if the exit polls forecasting a BJP sweep come true.

Addressing a gathering of poll observers at his residence on Monday --- two days before the counting, Kejriwal said AAP workers and elected representatives are ‘connected’ with people on a daily basis and they know the ground reality.

“Agar phir bhi aise result aate hain... agar result kal jaise aate hain to hum eent se eent baja denge (If the final results are same as predicted yesterday (Sunday), will launch a movement,” Kejriwal is heard saying in a video that emerged on social media.

What the Axis India-Today exit poll predicts
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What the ABP News C-Voter exit poll predicts
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Senior AAP leaders, including Kumar Vishwas who was said to be unhappy with the party leadership, is also seen in the video, with Ashutosh and other party legislators.

AAP has been raising the issue of EVM tampering since it failed to win in Punjab assembly elections. The party had also raised questions on EVMs without VVPAT being used in MCD polls and demanded state election commission to hold polls through paper ballot. The party had also approached Delhi HC.

Delhi labour minister Gopal Rai said: “EVMs would be the sole reason for the kind of result being predicted by pollsters.”

Speaking to reporters outside Kejriwal’s residence, Rai said if EVMs were at play then these surveys are 100% correct. AAP can be decimated further. But if the polls were fair, then AAP will number one.

The chorus against EVMs has gained momentum after the recently held assembly elections in five states, with Kejriwal’s AAP and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party spearheading a campaign on the issue. The Election Commission, however, has said the machines can’t be tampered with.

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First Published: Apr 25, 2017 10:25 IST