Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:28:08 GMT

Delhi votes BJP back to power in civic polls

New Delhi: A triumphant Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday retained control over Delhi's civic administration, with the results of elections to the trifurcated Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) coming as a shot in the arm for the party ahead of the 2013 Delhi assembly polls.

Delhi votes BJP back to power in civic polls

The BJP won 138 seats of the 272 wards in the trifurcated civic body. The Congress secured 78 seats in the polls. While the BJP lost 26 seats as compared to 2007 when it had won 164 seats, the Congress's tally went up from 64 to 78 seats.

Of the smaller parties, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) bagged 15 seats, Nationalist Congress Party and Samajwadi Party secured two seats each, while Independents bagged 24 seats. The issue of corruption and price rise played hard on the minds of voters who let local issues take a backseat, said BJP leaders as the results started pouring in.

The Congress said the election centred on local issues. "These are local elections, local issues. People who work for the people, these are qualities that count. In every election, there is a winner and a loser. One has to accept it with good grace," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told reporters here on the sidelines of a function.

With 97 percent of the national capital under the MCD, people have pinned hopes on the three new civic bodies to deliver a hassle-free and efficient functioning of the civic infrastructure and public amenities in the city of 16.7 million. The remaining three percent is under the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the Delhi Cantonment Board.

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