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What’s next for Arvind Kejriwal if MCD exit poll results are true?

LiveMint logoLiveMint 24-04-2017 Pretika Khanna

New Delhi: The exit polls for the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) have predicted the worst for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which came to power in the national capital in 2015 with a thumping majority.

A win in the MCD is important for the AAP, led by national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, as it is being seen as a litmus test for the party.

“We have to keep Delhi clean and remove corruption from the corporations. Our message has reached the people. Each day is a referendum for the AAP,” senior AAP leader and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Sunday.

The civic polls came after AAP’s plan to expand its base beyond Delhi in the recent assembly elections failed. The party didn’t secure a single seat in the Goa assembly and managed to get only 20 seats in the 117-seat Punjab assembly.

However, leaders in the party point out that it is important to wait for the final results of the civic polls which will be declared on Wednesday.

According to two exit polls, the civic bodies could see the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) return to power for the third consecutive time. The India Today-Axis exit poll has predicted a sweep for the BJP with 202 to 220 seats. According to India Today-Axis, the AAP and the Congress will secure around 23-35 and 19-31 seats, respectively. The CVoter-ABP exit poll also predicted that the BJP is likely to sweep Delhi with 218 seats, limiting the AAP and the Congress to less than 25 seats each.

Seems people's disillusionment with AAP govt far stronger than their disapproval of BJP led MCD

— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav)

“Seems people’s disillusionment with AAP government far stronger than their disapproval of BJP-led MCD,” Yogendra Yadav, president of Swaraj India, which also contested these civic polls, said on Twitter.

This was the first time that the MCD poll saw a three-cornered fight with the AAP contesting elections in all the seats for the first time. The BJP has been in majority in the three civic bodies since 2007. There are 272 seats in the three bodies—North Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and East Delhi Municipal Corporation.

On Sunday, polling was held in 270 of the 272 seats in the civic bodies. In two seats, polling was postponed due to the death of candidates.

PTI contributed to the story

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