MCD elections: 10 important issues, pledges, and numbers
4 December, 2022 | Riya Girdhar
More than 1.45 crore electors are eligible to vote in the MCD elections 2022.
On Sunday, the BJP, AAP, and Congress will compete in a triangular struggle spanning 250 words in Delhi’s civic elections. The MCD elections are being held for the first time since three civic bodies were consolidated into one. More than 1.45 crore electors in the national capital are eligible to vote in the election, which has over 1,300 candidates. The city has seen repeated clashes between Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP and the BJP, which has ruled the local body for 15 years, in the run-up to the elections. The MCD, which is thought to employ over 15,000 people, has an annual budget of Rs 15,2000 crore, according to sources.
- The stakes are high for all three sides in the triangle competition. While the AAP seeks to sweep the civic elections for the first time after winning 48 of the 272 wards in 2017, the BJP is trying to keep the MCD. The Congress, which has been out of power in both government and civic organisations, aims to resurrect its electoral fortunes.
- Despite being the national capital, Delhi is plagued by civic challenges. The AAP and the BJP have sparred several times over people’ issues ranging from drainage to highways and dump sites. Air pollution is another concern that has been added to the list, with the city experiencing decreasing AQI (air quality index) every winter.
- The BJP has a 12-point programme for the civic elections in which it promises to abolish trade, health, and industry licences as well as create pucca dwellings for slum people. Another promise is the city’s ‘jan rasois,’ or women-run kitchen, which will serve meals at 5.
- Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP has vowed in its 10-point platform to flatten the city’s landfills and clean up the rubbish issue. In keeping with what has been marketed as the party’s founding ideal, it has also stated that it will root out corruption. Other features of the manifesto include a focus on municipal schools and hospitals, as well as a reduction in the number of communal dogs by encouraging individuals to adopt strays.
- Will the Congress make an impression in these polls? The grand old party has to have a positive response for itself at a time when its former president, Rahul Gandhi, is leading a 3,500 kilometre countrywide foot march in preparation for the 2024 national elections.
- Entitled “Congress Vision MCD-Meri Chamakti Delhi,” the party platform dates back to Dixit’s stint as Prime Minister. Among the primary target areas are environmental control, financial self-sufficiency, and rubbish landfill elimination.
- A number of scandals have emerged as the AAP is positioned against the BJP in the vital votes, which are being held in the same week as the key Gujarat elections.
- The recordings from Tihar of imprisoned Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, claims related to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in the excise policy case by the BJP, and the expected reaction are some of the scandals that have led to a deadlock between the two parties.
- The BJP has branded Arvind Kejriwal’s pledge to RWAs (Resident Welfare Associations) to award them the status of mini-councillors if his party wins the MCD elections a “trick.”
- The BJP launched a high-profile campaign, with union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Jyotiraditya Scindia, as well as chief ministers Jai Ram Thakur (Himachal Pradesh), Pushkar Singh Dhami (Uttarakhand), and Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), asking voters to return the party to office. While the Congress campaign was uninteresting, the AAP’s leaders juggled between two states, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, where state elections were place, and Delhi.