Delhi votes BJP back to power in civic polls
triumphant Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday retained control
over Delhi's civic administration, with the results of elections
to the trifurcated Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) coming as
A day after the results of elections to the trifurcated Municipal
Corporation of Delhi (MCD) were announced, the Residents' Welfare
Associations (RWAs) of Delhi say that the indifferent attitude
towards problems of residents and unaccountability made the
Congress lose in the civic polls.
"Inflation, increase of milk prices every second day, power tariff
hike, poor roads and sewage system worked against the Delhi
government. RWAs, Muslims and other voters' support, on which the
Delhi government used to rely, is over. The government should
rethink its anti-people policies and work for better Delhi for
coming Lok Sabha and assembly elections," said Anil Bajpai,
president of Delhi Residents' Forum and the RWA Federation of East
The RWAs cited the increased power tariff and unannounced increase
in water bills as one of the main reasons for the Congress's
defeat in the civic polls.
"Various representations and objections to the government and the
Delhi Electricity Regulatory Authority (DERC) against power tariff
hike were thrown into waste basket. Congress sided with the
private power distributors. Similarly, water tariff was increased
unannounced, burdening the citizens. Earlier, RWAs and other
forums were consulted and their suggestions were incorporated by
the Sheila government," Bajpai said.
The RWAs also said that the 'Bhagidari', the partnership between
the citizen groups and the state government, is almost over across
the city. Only a chosen few and favourites of the Delhi government
among the RWAs were being looked after, they alleged.
"Earlier, an email to the Chief Minister's Office was enough from
the RWA. The CM herself used to take interest and intervene. Now,
there is no citizens complaint cell in place. Delhiites are on
their own and have to find their own way," added Bajpai.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained control of Delhi's civic
body, securing 138 of the 272 seats of the three newly created
municipal corporations in the city, while the Congress improved
its last time's tally of 64 and ended up with 77 seats.