New Delhi: At a time when the Congress and the BJP are facing troubles to deal with rebel local leaders ahead of MCD elections, the BSP has emerged as a tough contender. Though the BJP and the Congress are the major stakeholders in the civic polls, BSP’s presence will make the MCD polls three cornered.

In 2007 MCD elections, BSP fielded 224 candidates on 272 seats.  The party managed to grab 17 seats and on nearly 50 seats the BSP candidates gave tough challenge to the BJP.

According to experts, with the increase in the number of MCD seats from 134 to 272 in 2007, the BSP was the only party to gain benefit from it. For the first time, the party marked its presence in the urban local body elections with 17 seats in its share. Considering the party’ poll prospects in the national capital, many Congress workers joined the BSP camp.

Experts believe that the BSP failed to achieve success in the Delhi assembly polls because of the large scale competition and it did not had enough candidates to fight with the Congress nominees. As a matter of fact, the increase in BSP vote base for the forthcoming municipal polls is the challenge for the Congress. In 2007 elections, the BSP poll percentage was 9.87 percent. It had only 10 percent voting difference with the Congress which will play a crucial role in the poll results this year.