Municipal polls in Delhi today

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Civic elections in Delhi have usually gone unnoticed in the past, generating little or no interest among the people.

Over 1.32 crore city voters will exercise their franchise to choose their representatives to the south, north and east Delhi municipal corporations on Sunday.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader said in an interview that issues affecting people were more important than the simple coming together of political forces during elections. The results would be declared on April 26.

Rajnath, speaking at the rallies, had said that the Modi government took tough decisions in the past year, including surgical strike and demonetisation and got massive support of people.

Stray dogs, clogged sewers, mosquitoes and garbage dumps, different localities in Delhi have had their fair share of civic woes in the last ten years under the BJP governed municipal corporation. It had scored a stunning victory in the 2015 Delhi assembly polls by winning 67 of 70 seats.

The AAP, which rules Delhi, is one of the key contenders in the municipal polls, the other two being the BJP and Congress. It was a cordial visit but discussed some things, Pinarayi told reporters after holding talks with Kejriwal.

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The BSP and the JD (U) have fielded 211 and 95 candidates while the SP has entered the fray with 28.

This election, a lot is also at stake for the regional parties as they want to make an impact in national capital's politics.

Pinarayi Vijayan is very good human being and a statesman. They first agreed to let us check the EVMs before the Delhi polls. Everyone has seen Congress Delhi former chief joining BJP.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal were among the first to cast their votes. This was followed by its humiliating defeat in the Rajouri Garden bye-poll, where its candidate not only lost his deposit but placed third after the BJP and the Congress.

The polling will be spread over 13,000 booths spanning 272 wards of three MCD civic bodies.