BJP set to challenge Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP govt to bring progress to Delhi; get Narendra Modi govt to scrap MCD tri-furcation

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New Delhi | Published: February 26, 2017 1:33:27 PM

The BJP will explore ways to bypass the Delhi government to push development in the national capital as it accused the AAP dispensation of stalling the city's progress.

The BJP will fight the civic polls in the name of Delhi’s development and against the state government, says Shyam Jaju. (AP)

The BJP will explore ways to bypass the Delhi government to push development in the national capital as it accused the AAP dispensation of stalling the city’s progress. BJP vice president and in-charge of the party’s affairs in Delhi Shyam Jaju said that the Centre may also review the tri-furcation of the city’s municipal corporation and whether the unitary structure can be revived.

He made these remarks to the PTI in an interview as the party finalises its strategy to fight the impending election to the city’s three municipal corporations, all being ruled by it.The BJP, which is in power at the Centre, has been ruling the local bodies for the last 10 years. “The Centre cannot give direct aid to the municipal corporations. It has to go through the state government. The kind of attitude this state government has shown, it has stalled Delhi’s development.

“If the Delhi government continues this way, then how we can bypass it to give prominence to Delhi’s development is something we will think about,” he said.

The BJP will fight the civic polls “in the name of Delhi’s development and against the state government”. Asked about its key campaign theme, he said it will be ‘Sarkar ke khilaf, Delhi ka vikas’ (Against the government, for Delhi’s development).

Asked if his party will consider reviving the earlier single municipal corporation, he said a debate has already started whether the earlier structure should be revived.

He, however, added that any such decision should be taken by a committee. “Just because a politician or government thought so, the municipal corporation was broken into three and now a debate has started whether one structure should be revived. Whether the purpose for which it was done was met or not.

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“You cannot take such a decision in haste. It has long-term consequences. A committee should be there to evaluate all this. There can be a rethink,” he said.Election to the three municipal corporations in Delhi (MCDs) — East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation – is likely to be held in April.

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