While there is confusion among the councillors, over the trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), there is one area where it is pretty clear about what they want.
With 50% of the seats being reserved for women in the next elections to be held in April 2012, councillors want the seat to stay within the family and are, therefore, busy projecting their spouses as potential candidates.
Under the new arrangement, 150 of the present 272 seats will witness a change. While some seats will see a female councillor being replaced by a male, many will see vice-versa.
A senior member of the MCD said with the elections nearing, some BJP and Congress councillors have started promoting their spouses. “It started during Diwali, when councillors put up hoardings to greet the residents. They placed pictures of their spouses alongside theirs to promote them. During the recent rallies of the BJP and Congress, councillors again put up posters of their spouses beside themselves,” he said.
The trend has left female party workers annoyed as they feel they deserve tickets instead of the wives of councillors, who have no experience in party work.
A BJP worker who did not want to be named said, “Politicians do not want to let go of the seat, so they are projecting their wives and sometimes daughters as potential candidates. It is unfair for those who have been working hard for the party”. BJP councillor from Kotla, Jagdish Mamgain, said the party should give opportunities to new faces. “The party should come up with a policy that says tickets will not be distributed to spouses and children of councillors because they end up becoming dummies whose reins lie with the actual politician in the family,” he said.