MCD polls: Lt Governor, Kejriwal cast their votes

However, AAP leader and Delhi's deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said after the party's loss in the Rajouri Garden bypoll that the people of the area were unhappy with Jarnail Singh's decision to quit the seat and move to Punjab for assembly elections. More than 2,500 candidates are in the fray.

"This MCD election is very important in terms of creating a world-class city in Delhi and people should vote on that behalf and not in terms of political bickering that is now being seen".

Attacking the BJP which has ruled the municipal corporations for ten years, he said, "If people are fed up with filth, dumps of garbage, corruption, people should vote against them".

After casting his vote, he said the people of Delhi should come out of their houses and exercise their franchise for "dengue and chikungunya-free Delhi". More than 1.3 crore people are eligible to vote in the civic elections, spread over 13,000 polling stations across the national capital. Delhi State Election Commission has announced bypolls in Maujpur in east Delhi on May 14 and Sarai Pipal Thala in north Delhi on May 21.

"The MCD election is a big battle for the future of Delhi".

Voting began this morning for the Delhi municipal polls to 272 wards in which the ruling BJP is locked in a triangular battle with the Congress and the AAP.

Voting was the slowest in East Delhi where out of a total of 31,60,325, only 24,759 votes were polled.

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Interestingly, the civic election is being perceived as much a referendum on AAP's record in office as it is about BJP in the backdrop of an acrimonious row over funding and powers of civic bodies.

Even as the polling was on, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said reports of EVM malfunctioning came from all over the capital.

A Maharashtra Congress leader, Shehzad Poonawala, tweeted about the EVMs in Delhi: "Better we call them (E) xtremely (V) ulnerable (M) achines".

"The BJP has done enough damage for 10 years. I will go later to cast my vote", Lovely said.

Delhi Election Commission has set up over 13,000 polling booths out of which over 3,000 have been identified as sensitive while around 1,500 booths are hypersensitive.

Over 56,000 Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel are on guard at the polling booths, while an additional 20,000 home guards have been deployed to ensure law and order in the city.

The results for the MCD polls will be declared on April 26.

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