New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headed for a big lead in the Delhi
civic polls with 22 of its candidates winning and the party also
clocking leads in 80 of 141 wards while the Congress trailed with
30, election officials said Tuesday.
In the first three hours of counting till 11 a.m., 22 members of
the incumbent BJP had secured their seats with huge margins. The
Congress had secured only four seats in the early trends
available. One independent candidate Reeta had also won from north
BJP leader Vijender Gupta's wife Shobha Vijender Gupta defeated
Congress' Monika Puri by a margin of 7,065 votes in Rohini central
ward no 50. In east Delhi's ward no 237, BJP candidate Balbir
Singh defeated Congress' Jagdish.
The BJP led with 40 seats in north Delhi, while the Congress
followed with 10 seats.
South Delhi continued to witness a neck-and-neck fight between the
political majors with the BJP leading on 26 seats and the Congress
putting up with 16 seats.
BJP and Congress led in 14 and four seats in east Delhi
In the recently trifurcated civic body, there are 104 each wards
in south and north corporations and 64 in the east, of which 138
seats are reserved for women. South Delhi has the highest number
of 904 candidates followed by north (885) and east (634).
Counting for 272 wards across 32 centres is taking place amid
tight security and the results are expected to come by 3 p.m. The
polls will decide the fate of 2,423 candidates contesting the
The BJP, which had 164 councillors in the undivided MCD against
Congress' 67 and Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) 17, had highlighted
issues of corruption and price rise by the Delhi government led by
Among the BJP candidates who won were Pravesh Wahi from Rohini's
ward no 21, Shanta Jain from Rithala's ward no 22, Gopal Singh
from Prem Nagar ward no 36, Raj Kumar from Kalyan Puri ward no 213
and Mukta Nagpal from Subhash Nagar in west Delhi. Among the
Congress candidates who won were Raj Kumari from Hari Nagar ward
111 and Azad Singh from outer Delhi's Mundka.