After organising various awareness campaigns to ensure a better voter turnout, residents’ welfare associations (RWA) have come up with another bright idea.
United Residents Joint Action (URJA) — an umbrella body of RWAs across the city — has started a ‘meet your candidate’ campaign, in which they are arranging meetings between residents and candidates of their areas. “We have been organising meeting with candidates from all political parties. These meetings will continue till Saturday, a day before the elections. After they meet the candidates, it becomes much easier for residents to choose one,” said Ashutosh Dixit, from
People’s Action, parent body of URJA.
At 42.78%, the last municipal elections in Delhi had witnessed one of the lowest voter turnouts. RWAs are hopeful that their efforts will help turn the situation around this year.
“We hope that after these steps, residents will go out and vote. The meeting will also help candidates understand the exact problems persisting in their areas,” said Anita Bhargava from ‘Lets do it Delhi’, who is working with Punjabi Bagh RWA.
So are these meetings really helping residents make an informed decision?
“The meetings are really motivating. We have been discussing all our problems with the candidates. We know they cannot give us a solution immediately, but at least we get to judge their reactions,” said Kailash Katyal, a resident of Malviya Nagar.
Till now, areas such as Greater Kailash, Rohini, Alaknanda, Rajinder Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave, Mayur Vihar Phase 1, Preet Vihar, Malviya Nagar, Saket have been covered.