New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has amazed everyone by releasing its first list of candidates for MCD election 2017. The party that has been ruling Delhi for the last two years, is hoping to capture the three local bodies in the capital.
The party, in the eye of criticism for lack of development work and slow reforms in the metropolis, has always claimed that it suffers from the fact that local bodies are not under it and that the Central government is non-cooperative.
It is expecting to ride on the subsidies it is offering in Delhi. It is giving fifty percent subsidy of electricity bills upto 400 units per month and substantial subsidy on water. While many people are happy with it, others remember Congress government under Shiela Dixit and claim that law and order was a lot better during her rule.
Nonetheless, many others express happiness over the performance of the AAP government in the state, saying that it has brought a far more transparent government than previous governments in the state.
To make a head-start over other parties, the party has named 109 candidates. The Delhi municipal elections have not been announced as of now. It is expected the elections may happen in April this year. Apart from the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Aam Aadmi Party also has Yogendra Yadav’s Swaraj India competing in the important civic polls.
Corruption is going to be the main agenda of the AAP. A local AAP leader, Dilip Pandey, says,
“There was a flyover planned by North MCD to connect on Pusa Road and North Delhi, to be situated on Rani Jhanshi Marg. This amazing flyover has been under construction since 20 years, and, the 70 crore budget for this flyover has risen to 700 crore. BJP asks for votes on the name of development, is this development?…The corrupt corporators and officials of North MCD have made this never to be finished flyover a never-ending machine of making money. The BJP cannot even use land issues as an excuse because for the last 3 years there is their own BJP Government in the Centre which controls all the land here”.