Delhi CM gears up for civic polls

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 23:48

New Delhi: With the Congress faring badly in
the recent elections, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday held
deliberations with her cabinet colleagues on party`s
preparations for next month`s civic polls, seen as a test of
her popularity and the government ahead of assembly polls.

Sources said Dikshit asked her cabinet ministers to
put all the hard work to ensure victory for Congress in civic
polls for the trifurcated MCD which are taking place in the
aftermath of the party`s disappointing show in assembly polls
in Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Punjab.

They said the meeting discussed about the election
outcome in the assembly polls in five states.

"A defeat in the polls would definitely affect the morale
of the grass root workers ahead of next year`s assembly
polls," said a senior leader.

Elections to all the three new corporations -- North,
South and East Delhi municipalities, carved out of the MCD,
will be held on April 15.

The municipal polls are seen as important for Dikshit who
had strongly pushed for trifurcation of the MCD despite stiff
opposition from a section of the Congress as they had argued
that splitting the civic body ahead of polls would badly
affect the party.

Dikshit, who had restricted her campaigning to a few
meetings in the run up to the 2007 civic polls, has already
addressed a couple of rallies to enthuse the grassroot workers
The BJP had won the polls in 2007.

The assembly polls in Delhi are due next year.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 23:48

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