AAP's sweeping victory ends BJP's 15-year hold of Delhi MCDtext_fields
New Delhi: The sweeping victory of Aam Aadmy Party (AAP) in the Delhi MCD polls ends the 15-year rule of BJP in the city.
AAP crosses the 126-seat mark which is the majority required in the house of 250, and is still leading on eight seats.
The BJP is stuck on 97 but leading in six wards as counting is underway in 42 centres.
Congress won seven wards and is leading in three others, while three independent candidates have also managed to win.
Counting for the 250 wards of the civic agency began at 8 a.m. on Wednesday amid tight security arrangements at 42 centres. There are a total of 1,349 candidates in the fray.
This was the first election after the MCD was reunified earlier this year. The polls had witnessed a voter turnout of only 50.48 per cent, just over 73 lakh people from the total of 1.45 crore eligible voters.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting with his deputy Manish Sisodia and other senior AAP leaders, at his residence.
Also in attendance were senior party leader Raghav Chaddha, as well as Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.
Addressing the media at the party headquarters, spokesperson Sanjeev Jha said that the Mayor will be from AAP.
"The BJP has covered Delhi in garbage, it'll be cleaned and Arvind Kejriwal's government will be formed in MCD. People of Delhi had decided to bring AAP in MCD so that Delhi becomes clean and beautiful," said the AAP spokesperson.