Ornamental makeovers, putting icing on the sugar across the city by civic bodies is nothing new when elections are knocking at door. The same city that faces step children attitude due to apathy of municipal bodies in the states suddenly become spic and span as the civic polls are announced. This is exactly the situation in Delhi which is about to go to municipal elections. The dates are not yet announced but as per the speculations, the dates will be announced within a few days. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have fastened their seat-belts and engaging in daily brick-bating. The city politics has turned murkier with both BJP and AAP indulging into allegations and counter allegations.
The problem is city dwellers who have no say in these political cat-fights are the worst sufferers as who ever come to civic bodies totally turn a deaf ear and blind eye to the plight of the people. Water filling in the city or garbage is a perennial problem.
On Thursday today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with deputy Chief Minister manish Sisodia visited the Ghazipur landfill site and said the upcoming MCD polls will be fought on garbage issue. He assured the Delhi-ites that if AAP comes to power then Delhi will be clean city in five years. Immediately, BJP MP and former cricketer Gautam Gambhir said, he did not see AAP doing a bit to clean the city in past seven years.
Last week Union Home Minister Amit Shah while inaugurating the Tehkhand waste to energy plant at Tughlakabad said, Kejeriwal government showed a “step-motherly treatment” to erstwhile three Delhi civic bodies, and claimed that the AAP government owed them ₹40,000 crore. Shah took a pick at the AAP and said, “We want to make Delhi ‘atmanirbhar’ and Kejriwal wants Delhi to be ‘AAP nirbhar”.
The Union home ministry recently accepted the and notified the final delimitation commission report that was constituted by the Centre following the merger of the three civic bodies into a unified MCD through two notifications issued on October 17, paving the way for holding municipal elections in Delhi. The polls were abruptly cancelled in March when the Centre announced that the three civic bodies in the city will be merged. A unified MCD came into being in May.