Contesting the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls on 15 April, the BJP has so far been confident of holding onto power in one of the country’s biggest civic bodies.
Accused of not having too much to show in terms of achievements, the BJP says they believe their transparency in governance, keeping taxes unchanged and the drawbacks in their opposition should be enough to bring them back to office.
Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta talks to Firstpost about the issues, promises and achievements.
Why should people vote for you?
We have brought transparency in governance in Delhi. You can the status of each and every MCD project on the website. We have also made governance an interactive process. MCD, where we are in majority, has not introduced any new tax in the last five years. And if we are elected to power, we will not introduce any tax in the next five years also. The idea is not to shift the burden to the citizens.
What is your opinion on the trifurcation of MCD?
We doubt the spirit with which MCD has been divided into three zones. The offices of two of these zones are in the MCD civic centre. Where is de-centralisation in this case?
Why do you think they are doing this?
They must be having some personal gain in this. They have not demarcated the roles and responsibilities of the staff. For the sake of it, the government has divided the municipality into three. But as of now, there is hardly any change on ground zero.
Congress says that you are indulging in negative campaigning. Rather than talking about your strengths, you are highlighting their weaknesses. Your reaction?
In the initial ten days of campaign, we made people count our achievements in education, sanitation, transparency and technology. We told them that we are the sign of development. But it is equally important to tell the citizens about the wrongdoings of the Congress. I see nothing wrong in that. After all, people have not seen so much corruption in any government before this.
MCD announced some new civic projects right before the model code of conduct came into force. This included a multi-level parking in Defence Colony. The opposition says that this is a poll plank. What do you say?
MCD’s standing committee follows a statutory system. It can pass orders regarding any project even today. It has nothing to do with elections. These are routine developments and should not be seen in the context of election. These are baseless allegations on us by an ignorant chief minister. Political bosses should think before they speak.
Are rebel leaders a cause for worry?
Here in BJP, top party leadership interacts with the grass root workers on a regular basis. The result was that people’s aspirations increased a lot. There were 8,000 to 10,000 people aspiring for party ticket this time. We distributed tickets according to merit. But indiscipline will not be tolerated in any case. We expelled 11 councilors for six years because they were indulged in indiscipline.
The chief minister said that the NGO run by you wife, Shobha Gupta, was involved in financial irregularities. You said that you would file a defamation suit against the chief minister. What is the status?
I sent her a legal notice. She sent me a reply which I am not satisfied with. Now I will file a case against her. This might take time because we are busy with elections.