NEW DELHI, 14 Dec: The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday made a clean sweep in the market association elections held in Delhi after setting aside BJP and Congress.
This was the first mandi election after the demonetisation and the results showed that demonetisation has affected people widely which forced people to set aside the BJP this time.
The Delhi govt called it a historic win “This is just a trailer of what is to come in the MCD elections next year, the way Congress and BJP were defeated in these elections the similar is going to be repeated in the civic body elections “ expressed Dilip Pandey, the convener Delhi unit of AAP.
Of the 17 number of total seats at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) the party managed to win on 14 seats. Labor Minister Gopal Rai termed the results against the central government’s demonetization policy.
The APMC polls to elect representatives of seven wholesale mandis are facilitated by the Delhi government through the Agricultural Marketing department. The elections are held every five years in Azadpur Mandi and every three years in the six other wholesale mandis.
While polls are slated to held in Azadpur Mandi in February, the terms of the remaining six mandis had expired in September. Hence, elections for all were conducted at the same time, a senior government official said. Though there are a total of 18 seats, one was left out as no candidate contested. Around 6,000 commission agents are enlisted as electors and each seat is contested by 10-15 commission agents.