In a major boost to the ruling Congress party, which is battling against price rise and corruption charges, the party won the by-election of MCD Ward No. 78, Majnu Ka Tila (SC) held on Sunday. The victory in the by-election came as a big relief to the ruling Congress party which is facing adverse condition in and outside the Assembly over the issues of security, inflation and corruption. Notably, the Budget Session of the Delhi Assembly is scheduled to commence from March 15.
However, the Opposition BJP which is all set to corner the Government over these issues, failed to win the seat.
Expressing happiness over winning the seat, North-east Delhi MP and Delhi Congress president Jai Prakash Agarwal said the victory reflected the confidence of the voters in the Congress. “The victory shows the distrust of public in the BJP which is ruling in the MCD. The people have reposed their faith in the Congress which has successively been ruling the State for 12 years. Besides his padyatra has also helped to mobilise the voters against corruption in MCD,” Agarwal said.
According to the Returning Officer there were two candidates in the fray and 45.57 per cent votes were polled.
Congress candidate Vikash won by margin of 768 votes defeating his nearest rival Satish Kumar of BJP. Vikash secured 7,406 votes whereas Satish Kumar secured 6,638 votes out of 14,044 total votes polled. Notably, the bypoll was conducted after Delhi High Court had directed the Election Commission to conduct fresh election in the ward declaring it as vacant. The seat was otherwise being represented by Satish Kumar who was declared winner after the Congress candidate was found to have contested the poll fraudulently.