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MCG election 2017: Citizens reject political parties, independents win 21 out of 35 seats
The results of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections 2017 have shown some hope and way forward in the current scenario of Indian politics.

The citizens of Gurgaon mostly rejected all political parties with independent candidates winning more than half the seats in the elections.

21 seats out of 35 have been won by independent candidates. Although the BJP won 13 seats, it is being seen as a failure of the party given the fact that it already is in power in the state and fielded its candidate in every ward. The one remaining seat was won by a candidate of the Indian National Lok Dal, which had fielded 20 candidates.

Also, out of the 35 victorious candidates, 15 are female. Out of these 15, while 5 were from the BJP, 10 were independent candidates.

The elections were a one-day affair with polling beginning at 7 am in the morning and concluding at 5 pm in the evening. Around 8 pm, the results of the elections were declared.

The only aspect that took the sheen away from these elections was the poor voter turn out that remained considerably low at 55.68 per cent, despite more than 500 polling booths having been set up actors the city. This is even lesser than the last municipal elections in Gurgaon which had witnessed a voter turnout of 63.3 per cent.

Political apathy in cities like Gurgaon has been increasing day-by-day with many feeling that their lives are independent of the government or the municipal council. A major factor to this has been privatisation of almost all services that municipal councils are expected to provide, be that colony roads or water supply.

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