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MCD polls: analysis BJP and Congress

While BJP is rejoicing publicly, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) is celebrating the occasion privately, reports Amitabh Shukla.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 21:17 IST

The opposition BJP has received a shot in the arm following the High Court order on holding the MCD elections on time. While BJP is rejoicing publicly, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) is celebrating the occasion privately. The DPCC leaders too feared that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit might try to postpone the elections on the pretext of delimitation of the municipal wards.

"The Delhi High Court has checked the attempt by the Congress to run away from the elections by foiling its conspiracy to postpone the MCD elections. This  is a great victory for the people of Delhi and the BJP. The journey of the defeat of the Congress has started," said state BJP president Harsh Vardhan.

Terming the order as "victory of truth and justice", Harsh Vardhan said the work of delimitation of MCD seats was going on for the last five months. "The Congress was silent on it but when the time came for holding the elections before April 7, they found a new excuse and passed the MCD Amendment Bill in the House," he said. The BJP said the High Court has foiled all such attempts now.

DPCC president Ram Babu Sharma said the party always wanted to hold the elections on time. "We are prepared for the polls and have always held that people should exercise their democratic rights on time," he said.

The MCD has become a bone of contention between the rival factions of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and DPCC president Sharma. While Sharma draws his political strength from the civic body and wants status quo, Dikshit has held that MCD is one of the "urban ills plaguing Delhi" and needs to be restructured.

It was Dikshit's political acumen which saw a delimitation of the MCD wards. She took prior permission from the Urban Development Ministry, the Home Ministry, PMO and the Congress president before moving the Bill in the assembly. Her rivals in the party had no idea of what was happening. Now the agenda of the Delhi government is simple — divide the MCD in 3 or 4 parts and bring it under the control of the state government after the municipal polls in the last week of March. Some of the major functions of the civic body are likely to be transferred to the Delhi government after the polls in the process of restructuring.

Email Amitabh Shukla: ashukla@hindustantimes.com

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