AAP, BJP, Cong gear up for Delhi civic polls

AAP, BJP, Cong gear up for  Delhi civic polls

After the Mumbai civic polls, the national capital is set for a political showdown. The AAP, BJP and Congress are sharpening their knives for a fight-to-finish and cement their place in the three municipal corporations in the capital, when it is likely to go to polls in April. The North Delhi and South Delhi Municipal Corporations have 104 wards each, while there are 64 in East Delhi.

For the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, it would be an opportunity to prove that the electoral victory in the past two Assembly elections were not a one-off incident, while for the BJP and Congress, which once ruled the capital, it is a question of survival. The BJP had won just three seats of 70 in the 2015 Assembly polls, while the Congress lost all it contested.

With the Delhi government in its kitty, the AAP believes the Kejriwal government’s performance and anti-incumbency against the BJP, currently ruling the three corporations, will help it win the battle. The AAP on Friday announced the first list of 109 candidates of the total 272 in the three corporations.

The entry of JD(U), though not a big player in Delhi, could eat into the AAP’s electorate as they also target the same group of voters. Meanwhile, the saffron party is riding on a wave of confidence after it won the civic body polls in Maharashtra and Odisha this month.

The biggest challenge is for Congress as a victory or at least an impressive show will send out a positive signal that all has not been lost after the defeat in the 2014 elections.

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