- The BJP won 181 of the total 272 wards across 3 municipal bodies
- BJP chief Amit Shah said the win was the 'foundation' for next elections
- The BJP won only 3 seats in the 2015 Delhi assembly election
Delhi was won for the BJP by its booth-level workers, Mr Shah said at a celebration of his party's win with party workers and new corporators in the capital. The BJP has won 181 of 272 seats in three corporations. AAP could win only 48.
"Kejriwal-ji might blame EVMs for our victory, but to know the real reason, meet our booth in-charge," said Mr Shah, whose winning strategy in Delhi included sacking most sitting corporators to beat any anti-incumbency sentiment after 10 years of the BJP dominating the Municipal Corporation of Delhi or MCD.
Mr Kejriwal has since embarked on an organisational shake-up and outreach at the grassroots to rebuild his party, which is reeling from multiple election defeats. Earlier this year, it failed make a dent in Punjab, where Mr Kejriwal had expected to establish a second AAP government after Delhi. In Goa, the party could not win a single seat.
Mr Shah said today that the BJP's victory was the "foundation" for the next assembly elections in Delhi. "The mandate of the national capital is the nation's mandate. It establishes once again that the people of India are firmly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi," he added.
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