'Janta ko Delhi ka malik banana hai': RWAs to be 'mini councillors' if AAP wins MCD polls, says Kejriwal
"If the AAP comes to power in the MCD after the municipal polls, we are going to really empower RWAs. We will give them political and financial powers," Arvind Kejriwal said.
New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday (November 29, 2022) said if his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) wins the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, resident welfare associations (RWAs) will be "empowered" and granted the status of "mini councillors". Speaking at a press conference ahead of the civic polls on December 4, the AAP chief said that the idea behind this vision is to "make people the owners of Delhi" (Janta ko Delhi ka malik banana hai).
"Today, we want to tell that if the AAP comes to power in the MCD after the municipal polls, we are going to really empower RWAs. We will give them political and financial powers," Kejriwal said.
RWAs in Delhi will be granted the status of "mini councillors", he added.
"RWAs will be given funds to run their offices. RWAs will be empowered. The real purpose behind this is to make the people of Delhi take their own decisions. I appeal to all RWAs to support AAP.
"We will frame a transparent framework. We will rely on online platforms also so that MLAs, councillors and RWAs all know where the problem is and there is accountability. The tasks of the public will be completed swiftly," he further said.
Civic polls are due on December 4 and both the AAP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have exuded confidence that they will emerge victorious. The results of the MCD polls will be declared on December 7.
If BJP had worked in MCD, it would not have needed big campaigners for election
Earlier in the day, Arvind Kejriwal took a dig at the BJP and said that if the saffron party had "worked" during its rule in the city's civic body, then it wouldn't have required so many CMs and union ministers to campaign for them for the MCD election.
"There's garbage everywhere in the city. I'll clean the city if voted to power. The BJP abuses me day and night. We have made arrangements for water, we will take responsibility for garbage disposal too. Give one chance to AAP, and we will clean the city like never before," Kejriwal claimed.
"We will make Delhi shine," the AAP supremo said while interacting with local residents during a door-to-door campaign in the Chirag Delhi area.
Exuding confidence in winning the MCD polls, Kejriwal said that the AAP will win more than 230 seats and that the BJP will get less than 20 seats.
"I can see the excitement in the citizens and I'm certain that AAP will get more than 230 seats. The BJP will not get more than 20 seats in the MCD. We talk about the work that we have done in the Delhi government but the BJP doesn't have the audacity to tell what work they have done in the MCD," he said.
On the BJP fielding chief ministers and Union ministers to campaign for the party ahead of the civic polls, Kejriwal said, "I've seen BJP fielding chief ministers and several other Union ministers for one municipal election. If they (BJP) would've worked in the MCD, they wouldn't have required so many ministers to campaign for them".
Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Piyush Goyal, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar have campaigned for BJP candidates in the last few days.
"And what do these ministers do? They only abuse me in their campaigns," Kejriwal alleged.
(With agency inputs)