BJP will win civic polls, AAP second, says survey
The ABP News C-Voter MCD Tracker Poll released on Thursday predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win 179 of 272 seats in the three corporations with the AAP expected to get 45 and the Congress only 26 seats.
The survey said the BJP is expected to get a clear majority in all three corporations — East Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and North Delhi Municipal Corporation.
The survey said the BJP is expected to register its best performance in North Delhi corporation winning 76 of 104 seats. It predicted that the AAP will get 13 and the Congress 8 seats.
In East Delhi corporation that has 64 seats, the survey showed the BJP getting 43, AAP 11 and the Congress 8 seats. It said in South Delhi corporation with 104 seats, the BJP was poised to get 60, AAP 21 and the Congress 10 seats.
The survey said in terms of vote percentage, the BJP was expected to get 41.9 per cent, AAP 27.5 per cent and the Congress 20 per cent of the total votes cast.
The BJP has been ruling the MCD for last 10 years and had bagged 138 seats in the 2012 municipal elections. The Congress had finished second in the last polls with 77 seats.
The AAP was not in the fray during the last election as it was formed after the polls in November 2012.
The poll survey predicted that the Bahujan Samaj Party’s tally would go down from 15 seats in 2012 to 7 and “others” would win 15 seats compared to 38 they won in the last polls.
According to a release, the survey was conducted in the third week of April among 6,374 voters selected randomly across all the wards.
The survey said the respondents identified electricity as the most important issue while also picking up drinking water, roads, government schools, government hospitals and cleanliness as other significant issues.
It said majority of people in east and north municipal corporations expressed dissatisfaction with the work of their sitting corporators.