When members of the Delhi Assembly meet Thursday to discuss the “corruption and mismanagement” in the three BJP-run Municipal Corporations of Delhi, the civic bodies will hold a joint meeting of all councillors at the same time at Ramlila Maidan to discuss their issues with the government.
Senior leaders of the corporation, representing both the Congress and the BJP, will address 272 councillors as well as employees during the ‘special session’ at the venue chosen as much for its capacity as its symbolism.
“The point is to counter Kejriwal (Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal) from where he propounded his theory of swaraj,” BJP’s Ashish Sood told The Indian Express. Sood added the session will seek to remind the Aam Aadmi Party of its mandate. “They have forgotten why they were elected,” he said.
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The CM had tweeted last week the Assembly session will “discuss how BJP’s MCD has made whole of Del into a garbage bin due to its corruption mismanagement”. The second part of this tweet said, “Del govt has done commendable job in preventing dengue so far. MCD needs to improve its functioning.
On their joint event, the civic bodies stated that for the first time since trifurcation of MCD, councillors and other functionaries would come together formally and discuss civic matters of utmost importance for development of Delhi, “besides issues regarding Delhi government”.
On June 5, the Delhi government had sent 267 notices to the MCDs for “unsatisfactory sanitary condition” in the capital.
The corporations countered this move by reiterating the government was “throttling the corporation” by not giving them due funds.
Meanwhile, the Assembly special session comes with the AAP set to contest civic elections scheduled next year. Incidentally, the Delhi statehood bill 2016 on which the government has invited suggestions from the public, also entails that the elected government have control over the MCDs.