BJP’s Muslim Candidates Draw a Blank in Delhi’s MCD Polls

The BJP had fielded six candidates from the Muslim community for the MCD elections.

The BJP may have registered a stunning victory in polls to the three municipal corporations in Delhi but all its five Muslim candidates lost in their respective wards.

Except BJP candidate Rubeena Begum from Quraish Nagar, the four remaining Muslim candidates of the party finished a distant third.

The BJP had fielded six candidates from the Muslim community for the MCD elections, but the nomination of one candidate was later cancelled by the Delhi State Election Commission.

In North Delhi's Quraish Nagar ward, Aam Aadmi Party candidate Shaheen defeated BJP nominee Rubeena by 2,579 votes. Shaheen polled 9,409 votes while Rubeena received 6,830 votes in the area.

In the other four wards, BJP candidates finished a lowly third.

BJP candidate Kunwar Rafi from Zakir Nagar ward was defeated by both AAP and Congress. Kunwar lost to Shoaib Danish who won the Zakir Nagar ward for the third time.

A total of 14 Muslim candidates have won in all three municipal corporations.

In South Delhi, two Muslim candidates won while six each emerged victorious in the North and East Municipal Corporations.