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Delhi Civic Polls: AAP, Congress tie with 5 seats each; BJP loses ground

On Tuesday, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won in five out of the 13 wards of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for which bypolls were held on 15 May. However, big news of the day was that the Congress with four seats and the support of an independent candidate ? who won in one ward ? tied with the AAP.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the big loser as the party lost its decade-old hold over the MCD to AAP which made its debut in Delhi civic elections.

The results are a big ego boost for Congress which tied with AAP, considering the disastrous performance of the party in the 2015 Delhi elections. The AAP had registered a historic win in 2015 by demolishing the long-standing Sheila Dixit-led Congress government.

The bypolls had to be held as sitting councillors got elected to Delhi Assembly in 2013 and 2015.

45.9 percent of the 6,68,870 eligible voters came out to vote in the civic polls. For a decade, the MCD which was trifurcated in 2012, has been ruled by the BJP.