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Voting for high-stakes Delhi civic polls begins

New Delhi: Voting for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election began at 8 am today and will continue till 5:30 pm. In the high-stakes polls for greater control in the national capital, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party is looking to wrest power from the BJP which is eyeing its fourth consecutive tenure at the civic body.

The Congress, which has suffered a back-to-back drubbing in the national capital since 2015 in parliamentary, assembly, and municipal corporations polls, will try to win back some ground.

“Voting is being held today to make Delhi clean and beautiful, and to bring a corruption-free government at the Municipal Corporation. My appeal to all Delhi residents – cast your vote today to form an honest government that works for the people, in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.”

“People asked questions about what the BJP did in 15 years. They said they released 10 videos of (Arvind) Kejriwal and so on. Will that solve the garbage problem? People will now bring Kejriwal ji to power in the MCD.”

“I appeal to voters to vote while keeping in mind the necessity to end corruption and make Delhi clean. With your help, we will make Delhi clean. Only through your votes, Delhi will become clean. People ultimately want their lanes clean. BJP has failed in doing that in the last 15 years. They did negative campaigning because they had no answers to questions over what work they did.”

All the markets will be closed in the national capital today, in view of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, the Chamber of Trade and Industries (CTI) informed. More details here

Nearly 1.5 crore people are eligible to vote in the 250 wards, elections to which come as the three MCDs – formed area-wise in 2011 – were reunified and the wards redrawn after the last term of the BJP ended early this year. Metro rail services have a 4 am start, two hours earlier than usual, on voting day. December 7 is result day.

The residents of Delhi are set to vote for the Municipal Corporation election today. The polling will be held from 8 am till 5:30 pm. With garbage as a central issue, the AAP is targeting greater control in the national capital while the BJP is confident of extending its reign at the civic body. Meanwhile, the Congress hopes to win back some ground.