Swaraj India kicks off Delhi civic poll campaign at Ramlila ground


Launching its campaign for the upcoming municipal polls, the Swaraj India on Sunday accused the Centre, the AAP government and the three BJP-controlled civic bodies of having “failed” in the governance of Delhi.

Addressing a rally at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav said that governance by the three agencies in Delhi has reached abysmally low and listed out 11-point agenda for the civic polls.

The 11-point agenda, prepared after a month-long campaign ‘Jawab Do, Hisaab Do’, revolved around youths and employment, safety of women, liquor and addiction, sanitation, problems related to rural Delhi, street vendors, J J Colony, unauthorised colonies, auto and taxi transport, and contract employees.

Swaraj India also “resolved to eliminate corruption and the inspector raj prevalent” in the three civic agencies by putting capable persons at its helm.

“The demands of contract teachers have not been met.

What’s worse is that the Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister (Manish Sisodia) threatened the protesting (guest) teachers like a feudal lord.

“The step-motherly treatment to outer Delhi continues.

Not even a single unauthorised colony of Delhi has been regularised. Not merely the Delhi government, agencies that report to the Centre, for example Delhi Police and DDA, continue to under-perform.

“Sanitation and cleanliness are in a state of disrepair.

Pollution levels pose a dangerous threat to all the residents.

There are three agencies, but all three are useless,” Yadav said.

Launching an attack on the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation, party leader Prashant Bhushan said the people have sought accountability from the Delhi government as it was on the basis of their votes that they came to power.

“AAP did not fulfil the promises it made to the people of Delhi. Be it the promise of a corruption-free government, ending the VIP culture, bringing in a strong Lokpal, full statehood to Delhi or be it making the national capital safe for women or providing permanent job for teachers, the Delhi government has failed on fronts,” Bhushan alleged.

At the rally, the party also passed a symbolic “no confidence motion” against the Centre, the state government and the MCDs — East Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and North Delhi Municipal Corporation.

The civic polls are likely to be held in April.


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