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Will launch movement if BJP wins MCD poll: Kejriwal

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia with his family before casting vote in East Delhi Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia with his family before casting vote in East Delhi
Eleena Tovar | 26 Abril, 2017, 15:36

The India Today-Axis My India exit poll and ABP news exit poll on Sunday predicted a mammoth BJP victory in the MCD elections, minutes after the voting ended at around 5:30 PM.

Addressing a meeting of poll observers before the MCD votes get counted, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he would launch a movement if the exit poll results came true.

Congress leader Ajay Maken said the low turnout was an indication that Delhi's 10.2 million voters were "disenchanted with both Modi at the Centre and Kejriwal as Delhi chief minister".

The AAP and the Congress hope to wrest power from the BJP, which has governed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for the last two terms.

The Delhi Election Commission has set up over 13,000 polling booths, out of which over 3,000 have been identified as sensitive while around 1,500 as hypersensitive.

Out of the total 272 wards, the NDMC and the SDMC have 104 seats each while the EDMC has 64.

Mohit Sain from South Delhi told IBTimes India he tried to find the polling booth where he would cast his vote, but was informed that his name did not exist in the electoral tolls.

The election was postponed in two wards due to the death of candidates.

Former Delhi CM and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit showing her inked finger after casting her vote
Former Delhi CM and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit showing her inked finger after casting her vote

On Thursday, Kejriwal had said the people of Delhi would risk their children's lives if they voted for the BJP in the civic polls, during a Facebook Live event.

Among the three corporations, the highest turnout was for the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (56.08%), followed by 54.08% for South Delhi Municipal Corporation and 51.59% for North Delhi Municipal Corporation. (Photo: IANS) New Delhi: Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan shows his finger marked with phosphorus ink after casting vote during MDC elections in New Delhi on April 23, 2017.

The chief minister tweeted, "Reports from all over Delhi of EVM malfunction, people wid voter slips not allowed to vote". "What is the SEC doing?"

"Glitches in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were reported from nine polling stations".

Kejriwal said that the Congress is "dead" in Delhi and at the national level, and voting for them would mean "wasting your vote".

According to the State Election Commission, over 59.12 lakh votes were polled since the morning.

This was the first time that the MCD poll saw a three-cornered fight with the AAP contesting elections in all the seats for the first time.