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MCD polls: Vote for clean candidate, appeal RWAs

Last Updated: Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 10:53

New Delhi: Resident Welfare Association`s (RWAs) of Delhi have made an appeal to its citizens to come out and vote for clean candidates with good image rather than party lines in the municipal elections on Sunday.

"Most of the elections in the country are fought on party lines, but capital`s residents should come out and vote for clean candidates irrespective of party so that they can show that they have the last word. At a time when people are more concerned than ever about the corrupting role that money plays in our elections , the RWA`s have a greater role to see elections are clean and fair," said Anil Bajpai, president, Delhi Resident`s Forum and RWA Federation, Delhi East.

"It is the duty of the RWAs to see that clean elections are held in Delhi and clean candidates elected by putting the candidate`s profile and conduct above his political affiliation. In the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, the role of the party is minimal. Councillors have to get funds for themselves. If an independent candidate is more trustworthy and promising, we are certainly going to vote for him," said Bajpai.

"We have voted candidates from BJP and Congress to power for years but the results have not been positive. This time we have been encouraging RWA members to vote on the basis of a candidate`s personal profile and work. We are not averse to voting for candidates from political parties but independents are welcome too," said Rajiv Kakria of Greater Kailash I RWA.

"There is a lot of anger against political parties. They promise a lot before elections only to disappoint later. We should not vote on party lines," said Ritu Bhatia of Vivek Vihar.

The Congress and BJP face off in the local elections on Sunday. The BJP is in power in the corporation while the Congress rules the Delhi government.


First Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 10:53
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