Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: BJP monolithic win from Delhi Rajaouri bypoll on Thursday defeated its nearest rival from congress by 14,000 votes.
The by poll shows forerunner to the MCD polls which is scheduled for 23 rd April, came as a blow for AAP which could only get 10,000 votes securing a distant third position. The AAP candidate secured only 14% the votes polled and lost deposit.
The winning candidate of BJP Majinder Singh Sirsa said the result cleared that people had rejected AAP. "This is the end of AAP-led government in Delhi," Sirsa said.
AAP, however, denied that the result could have an impact on the MCD polls. "AAP loss in Rajouri bypoll won't impact MCD elections. Performance of our govt will ensure AAP's victory in civic polls," Manish Sisodia said on Thursday. He added that the party had lost the bypoll as people were unhappy with Jarnail Singh's decision to go to Punjab and contest election.
The seat was held by AAP's Jarnail Singh, who resigned to fight elections in Punjab. The party had swept Delhi with 67 out of 70 seats in the assembly elections in 2012 and is attempting to wrest all three municipal councils in the Capital from the BJP.
As per the final tally, BJP got 40,602 votes. Congress, which came in second secured 25,950 while AAP could get only 10,243 votes.
As the 13-phase counting opened early on Thursday, BJP consistently maintained lead. The nearly 3,000 vote lead widened after 10 rounds landing the party a 14,000 vote margin.
With victory looking certain after the fourteenth round, BJP supporters outside the counting venue started chanting 'Modi-Yogi' and broke into celebration. Delhi BJP vice-president Rajiv Babbar said that the results should be a lesson for Arvind Kejriwal.