New Delhi4 hours ago
The exit polls for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections have started pouring in. In the initial trends, the power of one of the world’s largest corporation MCD seems to be slipping from the hands of the BJP to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after 15 years.
According to the exit polls of India Today-Axis My India and Times Now-ETG, the AAP government is likely to be formed with a thumping majority in the MCD. BJP second and Congress seems to be almost completely wiped out.
According to the India Today-Axis My India survey, AAP is likely to get 149 to 171, BJP 69 to 91 and Congress 3 to 7 out of the total 250 seats in the MCD. AAP’s figure is much higher than the figure of majority i.e. 126 seats.
Congress does not have a single seat in the Lok Sabha-Assembly
The BJP had won all the seven seats in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, while the Congress and the AAP could not even open their accounts. In the 2020 assembly elections, out of 70 seats, AAP got 62 seats and BJP got 8 seats, whereas in 2015 assembly elections, AAP got 67 seats and BJP got 3 seats. Congress did not get a single seat in the 2020 and 2015 assembly elections.
1,349 candidates entered the fray
1349 candidates are in the fray for the MCD elections 2022. Of these, 709 were women candidates. BJP and AAP fielded their candidates in all 250 seats, while 247 candidates of Congress contested. JDU fielded candidates on 23 seats, while AIMIM fielded candidates on 15 seats.
BSP fielded 174 candidates, NCP 29, Indian Muslim League 12, Communist Party of India (CPI) 3, All India Forward Bloc 4 and SP, Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) one seat each. Apart from this, there were 382 independent candidates.
Voting at 13,638 polling stations
The Election Commission had set up 13,638 polling stations across Delhi. About 1 lakh employees were deployed in these. For the convenience of voters, 68 model polling stations and 68 pink polling stations were set up. A total of 40 thousand jawans were deployed at these polling booths. 56,000 EVM machines were used in the election. The Election Commission had installed CCTVs at the booths for transparent voting.
How does MCD work?
Conflict between MCD and Delhi government over these rights
Both the MCD and the Government of Delhi are involved in the field of education. The MCD is entrusted with the responsibility of primary schools, while the Delhi government has to look after higher secondary schools as well as colleges.
The MCD is responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of roads smaller than 60 feet. On the other hand, the Delhi government has to maintain roads that are more than 60 feet wide.
The MCD collects revenue from tolls, property and professional tax as well as advertisements, while the Delhi government collects value-added tax, service tax and excise duty. This is how the budget of the city is prepared.
Why is MCD so important in Delhi politics?
There are three power centers of Delhi’s power. Delhi Government, Central Government and MCD. The powers of the central government will remain with him only. Now suppose there are governments of opposition parties in Delhi and in the center, then the ruling party in the center wants the MCD to remain with it and it can regulate Delhi according to its own. On the other hand, the Delhi government wants that if the MCD also comes under its control, it will be able to develop more freely and on its own terms.