New Delhi: Assuring a win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, Congress turncoat Arvinder Singh Lovely on Wednesday said that it is their duty to provide a fresh Corporation to the people of Delhi based on the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The BJP leader said that despite the negative campaign by Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, the BJP is set to retain power in the civic polls.
"It becomes our responsibility that we provide a clean corporation and apply Prime Minister's vision in Delhi. I would like to thank the people of Delhi who expressed faith in us, now it is our turn to rise to their expectations. People of Delhi are sensible. You cannot fool them for long. There is no one more efficient than the BKP to provide Delhi a clean and better cooperation," he said
"The Congress is not making any progress and AAP is declining. Fight between both of them is that who is more useless? The one who is more useless between the two will get less votes than the other," he added.
Meanwhile, the early trend of the counting for MCD, which began earlier on Wednesday, shows the BJP in the lead, followed by the ruling AAP at second place and the Congress party at third.
The initial figures show that the BJP is leading in 109 wards, the AAP in 28 and the Congress in 22.
The fierce triangular competition has put the reputation of the three major parties on stake.
Where the BJP will be fighting against anti-incumbency, the Congress will be jostling for a comeback and for AAP, it will save its image post Goa and Punjab poll debacle.
Pollsters have predicted a big win for the BJP, while the AAP and the Congress have been shown competing for a distant second spot.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari earlier in the day expressed confidence of a 'landslide victory' in the MCD elections.
The Congress party also seemed sure about winning the civic polls and said that it would teach the BJP a lesson.
The counting of votes for the Delhi Municipal Corporation (MCD) elections began at 8 AM today.
Votes for the elections will be counted at 35 centers across the city. Of these, 16 are in North Delhi, 13 in the South, and six in East Delhi.
As many as 90,000 security personnel of Delhi Police, paramilitary forces and Home Guards have been deployed at the counting centres.
The counting will go on till late in the day, but initial trends are expected to come in by 11 a.m.
Voting to pick three new municipal corporations in Delhi took place on Sunday, in which 54 percent of the 1.32 crore electorates exercised their franchise till 5.30 p.m.when polling ended in 270 out of the 272 wards of the three municipal corporations.