The AAP today formally ended its nearly three-month-long campaign for the crucial MCD polls with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launching a stinging attack on the BJP and the Congress and holding a road show. He said that the people of Delhi would risk their children’s lives if they voted for the BJP in the polls to the three civic bodies on April 23. “If you vote for the BJP and if your child falls prey to chikungunya or dengue, you are responsible for it. I can offer free treatment to your child in (the Delhi government) hospitals, but what led to him contracting dengue. “If someone in your home falls ill then you are responsible because you voted for the party which is synonymous to chikungunya, malaria, dengue and garbage,” Kejriwal said.
His statement was later criticised by the party. The AAP also tried to corner the BJP over its manifesto and said it is yet to fulfil several of its promises it had made during the 2012 municipal polls. “The BJP knows that it has already lost plot in the MCD polls and this is why it had to cancel the rally of its party President Amit Shah,” AAP Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey claimed. The AAP had declared its first list of 109 candidates on February 24, about two months before the polls. Interestingly, it has changed candidates in more than 15 wards.
The elections for the 272 wards of North, East and South municipal corporations of Delhi will be held on April 23. A win in the MCD polls is extremely crucial for the AAP to give its volunteers much-needed ammunitions to keep going after the party’s poor show in Punjab and Goa and the defeat in bypoll to Rajouri Garden assmebly seat. The victory in the local body polls would also boost the much needed confidence of the party as it plans to contest the Gujarat assmebly polls to be held later this year.
Kejriwal himself addressed more than two dozen rallies in an attempt to woo the voters. The AAP chief announced soaps for different sections of the society, if it came to power, especially abolition of residential house tax. He has also promised to put an end to the garbage woes in Delhi within a year and control the vector-borne diseases in three years.