Govt yet to give EC money for civic bypolls: Ajay Maken

Party to circulate questionnaire on AAP’s ‘hollow promises’.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 17, 2016 2:47 am
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Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken Wednesday alleged that despite the order by the Delhi High Court asking the AAP government in Delhi to deposit the money required for holding by-elections to the 13 vacant wards in the Municipal Corporations of Delhi within 30 days, the government has not complied with the order.

“Although the AAP has named its candidates for the by-elections to the 13 MCD wards, it was perhaps waiting for someone to approach the Supreme Court and get a stay order, so that the elections could be stalled,” Maken said.

Maken said if the money for holding the MCD by-elections is not deposited with Delhi Election Commission, as directed by the court, the DPCC may approach the court for contempt of court. “Due to the absence of elected representatives in these 13 MCD wards, development works have come to a total halt. The Congress party was taking these elections very seriously,” he said.

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The party has decided to quiz the voters on their experience with the AAP government and a questionnaire has been prepared which will be circulated among all households in the wards that are going to polls. These questions relate to access to free wi-fi connectivity as promised by the AAP, reduced water and power bills as well as price rise and unemployment.

“Congress volunteers would make door-to-door visits in these unrepresented wards to expose the hollow promises made by the AAP, none of which has been fulfilled. People are upset with the AAP for spending crores of rupees for advertisements,” Maken claimed. He added that the response of this ad campaign will be the same as that of the “India Shining” campaign of the BJP. The party will also bring out separate manifestos for each of these wards after taking into account the answers to the questionnaires.

The party’s door to door survey will take place between and March 20 and 31 and its results will be declared on March 31. “Our workers will go door-to-door to find out the problems people face. We will not do any campaigning but ask just seven questions to the people,” he added.

He also stated that Congress workers will fan out to 683 polling booths and ex-MLAs, municipal councillors and former ministers would be among those who would be deputed in 153 schools.The municipal by-polls are likely to be held in the first week of May and AAP already released a list of its candidates on Tuesday. Maken said the party will announce its candidates after the polls are announced by the state EC.

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