Congress to hit 21 constituencies to connect with voters in Delhi

The Congress claimed that the 21 MLAs were appointed “illegally” as parliamentary secretaries by the AAP government.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 19, 2016 1:40 am
Congress, Delhi Congress, AAP, Delhi govt, Delhi AAP, Congress news, Ajay Maken, Delhi news Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken with party leader Sharmistha Mukherjee at a press conference Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

The Delhi unit of the Congress Tuesday announced its plan to begin campaigning in 21 constituencies in the capital, whose MLAs were appointed parliamentary secretaries by the AAP government, saying by-polls were likely to be held in these constituencies.

Unveiling its campaign — Meri Dilli, Mere Sapne (My Delhi, my dreams) — Congress’ Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken said the roadmap for providing “real solutions” to the problems of the capital would be crowd-sourced. Party workers will go door-to-door and ask people about the problems they faced, as well as seek their opinions and suggestions, said Maken.

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The Congress claimed that the 21 MLAs were appointed “illegally” as parliamentary secretaries by the AAP government and they were facing potential disqualification for holding an office of profit. In September, the Delhi High Court had quashed the appointment of the 21 parliamentary secretaries.

“We expect by-elections to the 21 assembly seats to be held ahead of the municipal elections next year,” said Maken.

The Congress leader also lashed out at the BJP, claiming the municipal corporations led by them had failed to tackle basic civic problems in the city. “The municipality of a national capital, with booming commercial activity, should not feel the need to approach the state or the Centre to seek funds,” he said.

The Delhi Congress chief said the process of revenue inflow of the municipal corporations would be made transparent if his party wins the civic body elections. Maken also highlighted four areas which, he said, needed attention from municipal corporations — solid waste management, fiscal management, primary education and health.