MCD Election 2017: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says the civic body 'will only be run' by him

With just a few days to go before the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in an interview with Hindustan Times said that if AAP comes to power, "MCD will only be run by Kejriwal."

"The BJP is seeking votes only, and only, in the name of Modiji. I would like to tell people that Modiji is not going to run MCD… MCD will only be run by Kejriwal," HT quoted Kejriwal as saying.

The strange part, though, is that the MCD is supposed to be an autonomous body. So, neither the BJP nor the AAP is supposed to run it.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

He also alleged that BJP had unnecessarily stopped much of the development works or proposals by the AAP.

"In our budget last year, we allocated around Rs 250 crore for safety of women. We identified 40,000 dark spots across the city. We decided to make those areas well-lit. The BJP got a resolution passed in the MCD House that we will not allow installation of streetlight on MCD roads if they are funded by the AAP government. Who lost due to such petty politics? The women of Delhi," HT quoted him as saying.

He also said that in the 10 years of BJP in MCD, people of Delhi could not remember one work done by the BJP-ruled MCDs. "When you remember two years of AAP in government, everybody names at least these: Power rates halved, free water, potable water in taps in some areas, improved conditions in hospitals," he said.

He added that the Delhi government had taken action against the mafia and would also "demolish" the mafia in MCDs.

Kejriwal also accused the BJP of trying to cover up its corruption in the three municipal corporations by projecting the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the civic polls, and asserted the strategy would not work.

Citing poor sanitation in the national capital which is leading to a rise in vector-borne diseases such as dengue, he told PTI there is no hope from the BJP and that the only hope for the people of Delhi is his party.

"The hope of the BJP is only Narendra Modi through which the party wants to cover up its corruption and the poor sanitation condition... How will Modiji improve the situation in MCD. Work in the MCD will not be undertaken by Modi, but local BJP leaders Vijendra Gupta and others," Kejriwal told PTI in an interview.

He also accused the BJP of "completely destroying" the MCD during its 10-year rule.

The elections to all the 272 wards of the three civic bodies where the BJP, Congress and the AAP are locked in a triangular battle will be held on Sunday.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Apr 21, 2017 14:01:13 IST

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