Tuesday, May 17, 2016
APP and Cong upbeat over MCD victory
Despite the ruling Aam Aadmi Party fighting Municipal by-elections for the first time, it kept its winning streak continuing, though not in the way it had recorded in the last assembly elections. AAP won five seats out of 13 MCD seats in which by - elections were held. Though MCD by-poll result is a setback for the ruling BJP, it has proved to be a great moral booster for the Congress party, which won 4 seats. BJP won only three seats. With five seats in MCD by-polls, the APP has anyhow maintained its top political rating in Delhi. But with the winning independent councillor joining Congrerss Party after victory, it raised its number to five too. Congress Party impressively improved its position in the MCD by-polls with more than 24 per cent of votes. Though BJP got many more percents of votes than APP and Congress, it won only 3 in terms of seats. BJP has been ruling at the Centre. It is also considered to be strong in Delhi. Despite that, its performance has not been up to mark. It is also a wake-up call for Narendra Modi-led NDA govt at the Centre that if it continued to pass time only by talking tall since it came to power, fall in its popularity graph is bound to set in. Delhi shows the mirror to all governments if they failed to deliver the promises made to the people. Two years of Narendra Modi govt. at the Centre is about to pass. It is going to complete its 2nd year in power on May 26, 2016. No perceptible change for betterment on the ground in any field is felt. Rather, the price rise shot up,industrial production fell, no new job created and economic slowed down. When stomach is empty, no one is prepared to listen to grandstanding speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So, MCD by poll result is a warning for the ruling BJP at the Centre to work and translate all programmes and policies into action on the ground. Though AAP has won five seats, its popularity graph is also falling. If it had maintained its massive victory spree of assembly elections, it would have won all the seats that went to by-polls. It is time for Congress to rejoice over its victory in MCD by-polls after being wiped out from the city in the last assembly elections. It has lot more to do to retrieve its pre-imminent position in Delhi, which it ruled for 15 years in a row. The youthful leadership of Ajay Maken in Delhi has helped the Congress party to revive. He also needs to have more activities to improve party's position. Municipal corporation is the smallest unit of administration in the city. As far as transparency and efficiency in MCD are concerned, BJP has ruled it in the worst way. The 13 wards, which went to the by-polls on Sunday are Quamruddin Nagar, Shalimar Bagh (North), Ballimaran, Nawada, Vikas Nagar, Matiala, Nanakpura, Munirka, Bhati, Tehkhand, Khichripur, Jhilmil and Wazirpur. The by-elections were necessitated as 13 Councillors got elected to the Delhi Assembly in 2015.