MCD Polls: Private Polling Agencies to Help AAP Choose Candidates

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Agencies responsible for obtaining feedback from 400 people in each department; party likely to repeat its 2017 strategy promising a waste-free city; 30 lakh households covered by door-to-door campaign: AAP

Agencies responsible for obtaining feedback from 400 people in each department; party likely to repeat its 2017 strategy promising a waste-free city; 30 lakh households covered by door-to-door campaign: AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party has hired at least two private agencies to conduct surveys in the city’s 250 municipal wards to help it select candidates for the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, according to a senior official. party.

The party leader, requesting anonymity, also said the AAP is likely to take to the streets with the campaign slogan ‘ MCD mein bhi Kejriwal‘.

It is the same slogan that the party promoted earlier this year in February assuming that municipal elections would be held in March-April when the terms of the three former municipalities expire.

However, with the Center amending the Delhi Municipal Corporations Act 1957 to unify the three former municipal corporations into a unified MCD in May, elections are expected to be held later this year.

Delhi’s chief minister and national leader of the AAP, Arvind Kejriwal, had announced on October 27 that his party would fight the MCD’s polls on the issues of garbage and cleanliness, while accusing the BJP, which has been in the power in the three Delhi civic bodies (now unified) for 15 years, of corruption.

Even though the dates for the civic body elections have yet to be announced, the AAP and BJP have already started their campaigns. Two senior BJP leaders – party leader JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah – attended events in the city this month where they clashed with the AAP government in Delhi .

“We will educate people about BJP corruption and how it has led to the creation of mountains of garbage. We will assure people about improving cleanliness standards in the city by being elected to the municipality just like we transformed Delhi’s schools and hospitals after winning the Assembly poll,” the senior leader said. .

Same game plan

The party appears to be betting on its 2017 game plan. Five years ago, when the three former civic bodies went to the polls, the AAP had focused its campaign on cleaning up Delhi and the BJP’s attack on landfills .

He had posted posters of Mr Kejriwal with a broom in hand, sweeping the streets. “To make Delhi clean, vote for Kejriwal” was one of the party’s main slogans in 2017.

However, the party lost the three former municipal corporations to the BJP.

Go door to door

Sharing details of the investigation, the party leader added that private agencies will contact around 400 people from each neighborhood to get public comments on the likely faces.

Based on the feedback, the party will take a call on the candidates.

“It was something that we had strictly followed during the Assembly election as well,” the senior official said. When contacted, AAP MCD official Durgesh Pathak had no comment on the investigations. “The party has completed a door-to-door campaign and covered over 30,000 households. We will start another round soon,” he said.

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