New Delhi: Celebrations outside the counting centre at Rajouri as the BJP scored a massive win in the bypoll in west Delhi defeating its nearest rival Congress. BJP candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa won by a margin of over 51 per cent.
The bypoll, which is being seen as a precursor to the MCD polls scheduled for April 23, comes as a huge 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 even lost his deposit.
BJP’s winning candidate Majinder Singh Sirsa said the results showed 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.