It is BJP Vs Congress in Delhi
OT, April 15, 2012 13:26 IST
Noushu Ali/Okhla Times Reporter
After the Assembly election debacle for both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) both these parties once again are pitched up against each other. This time the batter is being fought in Delhi, national capital. The ongoing Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election 2012 is important for both the parties.
The BJP that has been ruling the MCD by coming into majority in 2007 elections in the unified MCD with 168 seats is trying its best to retain most of its dominance in the trifurcated municipality. On the other hand, the Congress led by Sheila Dikshit that has been ruling Delhi in the Assembly for more than ten years is doing all it could to wrest power from BJP.
Since the date of the MCD election was announced, both the parties aggressively campaigned in the elections. If the BJP attacked the Congress over price rise and corruption the Congress lashed out at the BJP for doing little to provide basic service to residents. Many in the BJP even issued a statement that this election is referendum on the state government and a semi-final to the Assembly election that is to be held in 2013.
Delhi BJP chief Vijendra Gupta said: “We had won with a thumping majority and we are sure we will be voted to power.” Not to be left, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief J.P. Agarwal also thundered: “It was our party which led to the split of extremely large body which was known for haphazardness and corruption. Congress has always supported the idea of three civic agencies for the betterment of services. Congress is always for development and the city has witnessed major changes over the last ten years. We will win.”
It is too early to jump to any conclusion. Will the Samajwadi Party (SP) play the spoiler as it did in Uttar Pradesh? Both the SP and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party have fielded their candidates respectively in 99 and 215 wards. And chances are high that disgruntled voters may go for SP that was voted into power in the just concluded Assembly elections in 2012. Keeping all this in mind, the Congress issued statement in which it urged the Muslim voters to cast their votes carefully.
All said, the state is set and voters in three new municipal corporations of north, south and east Delhi are ready to decide the fate of 2,423 candidates in 272 wards.
For the first time women will be playing an important role after the Congress reserved half the seats for women. The North Delhi Corporation has the highest number of voters. 19. 70 lakh women will cast their votes in this ward, according to State election Commission. South Delhi Corporation has 24.37 lakh men voters and 18.79 lakh women. And East Delhi has 27,43,562 voters out of which 15.18 lakh are men and 12.24 lakh women.
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