‘Municipal polls not referendum on Delhi govt’

Playing it safe, CM Sheila Dikshit said the election to the trifurcated municipal corporations will not be a "referendum" on her government.

New Delhi: Playing it safe, Chief Minister
Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said the election to the trifurcated
municipal corporations on Sunday will not be a "referendum" on
her government as it is being fought on local issues.

She, however, exuded confidence on winning the polls
saying people of the city are "fed up" with "corruption and
inefficiency" of the BJP-ruled MCD in the last five years and
they would vote for Congress to usher in a new era of better
civic administration.

"The election would not be a referendum on my government
as being projected by the BJP. How can it be a referendum? The
election is being fought on local issues," Dikshit said
addressing the media along with DPCC president J P Agarwal.
The election is seen as important for Dikshit as she
had strongly pushed for trifurcation of MCD despite stiff
opposition from a section of Congress which had argued that
splitting the civic body ahead of polls would badly affect the

Noting that every election was important, she said
victory and defeat are part of the democratic process and one
should accept peoples` verdict with humility.
"People have experienced five years of BJP rule in the
MCD. People keep close watch on everybody and I am confident
they would vote Congress to power in all the three
municipalities," she said.

Terming the polls as historic, she said for the first
time people of the city will vote for three new municipal
corporations -- East, North and South Delhi municipalities --
carved out of the MCD.


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