‘Municipal polls not referendum on Delhi govt’
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 21:02
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 party.

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.


First Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 21:02

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