New Delhi: Virtually kick-starting the
campaigning for the upcoming MCD elections, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today accused the BJP, which rules the civic
body, of failing to provide basic amenities to citizens.
Dikshit exuded confidence that the trifurcation of MCD
would help delivering services to Delhiites in a better
"MCD under BJP has failed to provide basic facilities to
the people of Delhi. Presently, only one Commissioner manages
the whole city which is very difficult. But with trifurcation
of MCD, South, East and North will get a Commissioner each,
which will make the functioning smooth," she said at a public
rally in East Delhi.
Municipal polls, slated for March, will be held for
three new municipalities. Currently, Delhi, the National
Capital Territory with an area of 1484 sq km and population of
nearly 16.7 million is managed by one MCD Commissioner.
The Chief Minister also highlighted her government`s
decision to give 50 per cent quota to women in MCD elections.
"We are the first to give 50 per cent reservation to
women in MCD elections. I am sure, people will see our good
work and bring us to power in MCD in the coming elections,"
Criticising the BJP for its alleged mismanagement of
MCD, local MP Sandeep Dikshit, who represents the East Delhi
constituency, said it had done nothing in its five-year term.
The Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill was
passed by Delhi Assembly on December 1, paving the way for
trifurcation of MCD. The Bill was given assent by President
Pratibha Patil in December last year, following which the city
government notified it as an Act.
As per the Act, MCD will be split into North, South and
East Delhi municipal corporations and 50 per cent of total 272
seats will be reserved for women as against 33 per cent now.