Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party are seeking to revive its fortune in the upcoming MCD Elections 2017. CM Kejriwal also wants to make a statement that his party is still a pivotal player in Delhi. To win any elections, candidates fielded by the concerned party do make a difference. AAP has opted for surprise choice. The party’s candidate from ward 1 E (Mayur Vihar Phase I), Anita Ujjainwal, had contested the 2013 Assembly election against the party chief Kejriwal. Ujjainwal is a social activist. She was one of the Independent candidates in the fray against Kejriwal and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit. Then her supporters had coined a slogan, ‘Na Sheila Na Kejriwal, ab ki baar Ujjainwal’, that she is still unable to shrug off, according to The Indian Express report.
“My aim was to defeat Sheila Dikshit. She had served as chief minister thrice and done nothing for women or slum dwellers. I just wanted to divert all her votes,” said Ujjainwal. “In fact, my candidature helped AAP, a bit,” the report said. It has been learned that Ujjainwal joined the AAP in 2014 and has been working to strengthen the party’s women’s wing in Trilokpuri, Kondli, Patparganj, Okhla and Jungpura. “I have great regard for Kejriwal and it was only because of him that I joined the party. Seeing my work as the women’s wing district president, Kejriwal gave me a ticket in the municipal elections and I will not let him down,” Ujjainwal said.
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Meanwhile, it has been learned that as many as 697 or 30 per cent of the 2,315 candidates in the Delhi municipal election are crorepatis and seven per cent of them have criminal cases against them, says a report. While 163 or 64 per cent of the 256 candidates fielded by the Congress are crorepatis, the BJP has 141 (54 per cent) crorepatis of the 260 nominees and the AAP has 104 (42 per cent) crorepatis out of 250 candidates.
Besides, nine candidates (24 per cent) of the 38 from the NCP are crorepatis, while 41 nominees (22 per cent) of the 191 from the BSP and 1 (8 per cent) out of 12 candidates of the CPI have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore. The National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the affidavits of 2,315 out of the total 2,537 candidates from 18 political parties who are contesting the MCD polls.
“Out of the 2,315 candidates analysed, 697 (30 per cent) are crorepatis,” the report said.
As per the report, the average assets per candidate contesting in MCD polls is Rs 1.61 crore. Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for the BJP is Rs 2.89 crore, Congress Rs 4.36 crore, AAP Rs 1.65 crore, BSP Rs 89.59 lakh and the NCP Rs 92.38 lakh.
Besides, 16 candidates of the CPI(M) have average assets worth Rs 19.20 lakh while 12 CPI candidates have assets worth Rs 23.04 lakh. Also, 1,051 independent candidates contesting the poll have declared average assets of Rs 97.79 lakh. Of the 2,315 candidates analysed, 173 (7 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves, while 116 (5 per cent) have serious criminal registered against themselves.
26 (10 pc) candidates from the BJP, 35 (14 pc) from the Congress, 21 (8 pc) from the AAP, 13 (7 pc) from the BSP, 3 (8 pc) from the NCP, 1 (6 per cent) from the CPI(M) and 1 (8 per cent) from the CPI have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits. 13 (5 pc) from the BJP, 22 (9 pc) from the Congress, 15(6 pc) from the AAP, 10 (5 pc) from the BSP, 2 (5 pc) from the NCP, 1 (6 pc) from the CPI(M) and 1 (8 pc) from the CPI have serious criminal cases against them.
Election to the three municipal corporations of Delhi will be held on April 23. The erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi was trifurcated into North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations in 2012. Out of the total 272 wards, NDMC and SDMC have 104 seats each while EDMC has 64. The MCD has been ruled by the BJP for the last 10 years.
(With agency inputs)