New Delhi, April 13: Expressing confidence after  Manjinder Singh Sirsa won the Rajouri Garden Assembly bypoll by over 14,500 votes, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said that the party will win a clear majority in MCD Elections 2017 and will secure 220+ votes in Delhi civic polls, scheduled for April 23. The Congress party secured the second spot while Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which had won it back in 2015 finished at the third spot.

The Rajouri Garden seat belonged to the Aam Aadmi Party after the party’s massive victory in the Delhi Assembly Elections 2015. Jarnail Singh had won the seat over Sirsa by over 10,000 votes in 2015. However, last year, Jarnail Singh left the constituency to fight the Punjab Assembly elections earlier this year leaving it vacant. The AAP decided to field him from the Lambi seat in Punjab but  he lost not just the seat, but his deposit too, as he could not garner one-sixth of the votes polled at the Lambi seat.

Following the defeat in Punjab Assembly Polls, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP chose to to field a fresh face instead of Jarnail Singh.

As the results started pouring in for the bye-elections, BJP came out as a clear winner in the bypolls for the seats that had remained vacant. The BJP maintained lead in 6 out of 10 assembly seats. BJP candidate Shobha Rani Kushwaha was leading by 12,427 votes after five rounds of counting in the Dholpur Assembly bypoll in Rajasthan, BJP’s Ranoj Pegu wins Assam’s Dhemaji bypolls, and BJP’s Anil Dhiman won Bhoranj (Himachal Pradesh) assembly bypoll by a margin of 8290 votes.

Losing Rajouri Garden could be a huge setback for Aam Aadmi Party as it had earlier held that seat. In a short period of time, the people of Rajouri has made it clear that while AAP was a favourite, it now is BJP. It might affect AAP’s chances in the upcoming MCD Elections 2017.

While the MCD Elections would be a litmus test for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as it will be contesting in the Delhi municipal corporation elections for the first time, it would be a case of saving prestige for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has held control over the MCD for 10 years.

While losing the Rajouri Garden seat won’t change much of political landscape for AAP in Delhi as the party swiped a total of 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi assembly polls, it definitely is a big blow as it has already lost in Goa and Punjab assembly polls. The biggest question that now arises is if it will be able to hold the reins of municipal corporations in Delhi.