The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won the elections for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) but the real battle for the party has just begun. It will have to hammer out solutions to problems that proved to be the Congress’ undoing — issues like sealing, price rise and inflated electricity bills.
The Hindustan Times spoke to senior BJP leaders who are likely to hold key positions in the Corporation, on how their party planned to handle these burning issues.
BJP leader and councillor Subhash Arya said that the party would push for a one-time amnesty scheme. “We have been saying for a long time that the Master Plan drafted by the Congress will not fulfil the development needs of the city. We will set a cut-off date for regularising all shops in residential areas on as-is where-is basis. We will also create pressure on the Centre to clear the scheme,” he said.
The rise in prices has also played a major role in deciding the BJP’s electoral fortunes. Although the issue does not pertain to the MCD, Arya said that the BJP would pressure the central government to check inflation.
Another key candidate, Vijender Gupta said that the party’s priority would be to unseal the 10,000-odd shops that have been permitted to operate under the Master Plan for Delhi (MPD) 2021. “We will undertake a comprehensive survey of all the shops in the city and categorise them according to the extent of irregularities. The Congress did not do any such survey and notified the Master Plan in a hurry that led to harassment of traders at the administrative level,” he said.
Kasturba Nagar councillor Jagdish Mamgain said that the party would fulfil its promise of bringing out a one-time amnesty scheme. “The area Station House Officer (SHO) and the engineers will be held responsible if there is further commercialisation of the area once the scheme is in place,” he said.
Mamgain also said that the BJP wanted the Congress to realise the level of unrest among the citizens of Delhi against its policies.