1. MCD Elections 2017: Why Delhi civic polls matter more than Assembly, Lok Sabha elections

MCD Elections 2017: Why Delhi civic polls matter more than Assembly, Lok Sabha elections

Delhi MCD elections will be held on April 22.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 22, 2017 4:39 PM
Delhi MCD elections will be held on April 22.

Delhi MCD elections will be held on April 22. The elections are crucial because it will provide a direct access to households of national capital, something which even Lok Sabha and Assembly elections won’t be able to do. During the civic body polls, AAP, BJP, Congress and other political parties are having first hand experiences of day-to-day requirements of common people. While NDMC and SMDC have 104 seats each, EDMC has 64 seats. Being the capital of India, Delhi attracts maximum eyeballs. So, any development done on the infrastructure and amenities fronts in Delhi generally speaks for the overall growth of the country. The results will come out on April 25.

The civic bodies generally affect our lives more than Assembly and Parliament. We have a few numbers that will tell the actual story.

Number of schools

A total number of 1,509 schools are being run by three municipal corporations in Delhi. Notably, free text books and uniforms are also provided to students, according to HT report.

Number of Parks

The authority concerned of NDMC, SDMC and EDMC maintain 13,915 parks in Delhi.

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Community halls

A total number of 284 community halls are being run by the municipal corporations. However, allegations are raised that many of these community halls lack facilities.

Parking lots

276 parking lots are run by corporations in Delhi.

Roads

Civic bodies maintain about 28,000 km of roads.

Pension

A pension Rs 1,000 per month is given to elderly persons in Delhi. A councilor can nominate 750 people from his/her ward. There are 272 wards in the city.

Crematoriums

NDMC, SDMC and EDMC run a total of 20 crematoriums in Delhi.

It has been learned that AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal is all set to address many rallies in the national capital ahead of the MCD polls. A senior party leader said Kejriwal will begin campaigning from March 31 for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, which are slated for April 22. Apart from Kejriwal, other senior party leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will also begin campaigning from the end of this month. The party fared badly in the recently held Assembly elections in Punjab and Goa, where it drew a blank. AAP was expecting that a win in either of the states will bolster its ambitions for a nationwide reach, and give a major push to its prospects in the Delhi MCD polls and the Gujarat Assembly elections, which are to be held later this year. However, the poor showing has demoralised the party workers in the national capital. A win in its home turf would surely give a boost to the party in the upcoming Gujarat polls, according to PTI report.

With their terms set to end soon, BJP councillors of the three municipal corporations today met at the Civic Centre amid speculation that some of them may desert the party ahead of the MCD polls.

Though a senior BJP leader said the meeting was a “get together” of outgoing councillors, sources indicated that many representatives from rural wards were mulling fighting the upcoming MCD polls as Independents.

(With agency inputs)

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