AAP's broom sweeps away BJP mayors, councillors
Municipal councillors in the BJP-led corporations suffered a rude shock on Tuesday after AAP juggernaut steamrolled the saffron party though they had fought the Delhi elections on the plank of civic issues.
New Delhi: Municipal councillors in the BJP-led corporations suffered a rude shock on Tuesday after AAP juggernaut steamrolled the saffron party though they had fought the Delhi elections on the plank of civic issues.
At least 10 councillors, including a current mayor and three former mayors, tested their fortune in what was billed to be a keenly-fought contest between the spirited BJP and a resurgent AAP, but polling results proved otherwise.
While the AAP's broom swept a massive mandate of 67 seats, BJP, which was seeking to recapture power in the national capital after a gap of 16 years, totalled an abysmal three in the 70-member House.
While eight of the BJP councillors finished second, three Congress corporators had to content with the third or fourth position.
North Delhi Mayor Yogender Chandolia, who was fighting from Karol Bagh, was confident of pulling off a victory, but AAP's Vishesh Ravi trounced him, with a huge margin of over 30,000 votes.
While Ravi received 67,429 votes, Chandolia got 34,549 votes and Congress' Madan Khorwal finished third with mere 9,144 votes.
Former North Delhi Mayor Azad Singh, who had contested Mundka seat in 2013 polls, faced defeat again, finishing second with 53,380 seats, behind AAP's Sukhvir Singh, who got 94,206 votes.
NDMC's Standing Committee Deputy Chairman Rekha Gupta lost from Shalimar Bagh, receiving 51,678 votes against Bandana Kumari of AAP, who amassed a staggering 62,656.
Former Delhi Mayor Rajni Abbi, who was the last mayor of the erstwhile unified municipal corporation of Delhi, too couldn't bank on her municipal experience and lost to Pankaj Pushkar of AAP.
While Pushkar got 64,477 votes, Abbi got 43,830.
Congress councillor and Leader of Opposition in NDMC Mukesh Goel was placed third, while the top slot was occupied by AAP's Pawan Kumar Sharma. BJP's Ram Kishan Singhal, the sitting MLA, finished second.