Two years ago the AAP under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal registered historic victory in Delhi by winning 67 seats out of 70. Over years there were expectations that its popularity would wean away but not so.
The case in point is the interest shown by political aspirants to contest on AAP tickets as Delhi prepares for the civic agencies contest in a few weeks time on the 272 seats.
According to report, more than 10,097 aspirants have declared their desire to contest on party tickets. Of these, 3,522 are from North MCD, 3,673 from South and 2,902 from East MCD. How many have shown interest from Okhla is not known but going by the posterbazi in the locality it appears that there is a mad rush to get AAP ticket so as to become councilors.
The fate of many such political aspirants will be decided by the month-end when AAP is to finalise the first list.
“Sanitation will be our major focus in the MCD polls as it is their primary duty to ensure cleanliness in the city. Delhi saw an outbreak of vector-borne diseases as the MCDs failed in their duty,” AAP’s Delhi unit convener Dilip Pandey said.
The BJP is in power in the three civic bodies and it would be interesting to see whether the AAP succeeds in wresting power from it.
“We should come up with the first list of candidates by the month-end. The review process is on and names will be given to the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) which will take a final call on this,” Pandey added.