MCD Delimitation Process Will Create Problem Of Governance: AAP To SEC

AAP leaders on Thursday said that the delimitation process of the MCD appears to be politicised. They also submitted a representation in this regard to the SEC, saying it would create a problem in governing the wards.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 29 September, 2022 9:45 pm IST
AAP MLAs Durgesh Pathak and Saurabh Bhardwaj

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Thursday said that the delimitation process of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) appears to be politicised. They also submitted a representation in this regard to the State Election Commission (SEC), saying it would create a problem in governing the wards.

AAP leaders also demanded elections for the civic body be held soon as it has been pending for months following the reunification of three MCDs and the formation of the delimitation committee.

On Thursday, an AAP delegation consisting of the party’s chief spokesperson and MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj, AAP MCD In-charge and MLA Durgesh Pathak and Azadpur Mandi chairman Adil Khan went on to meet the officials of SEC and submit the representation.

After meeting the officials, Pathak said, “The delimitation exercise seems politically motivated. The variation of population sizes is a huge concern. How can there be wards with a population of 30,000 and 90,000 at the same time?”

“Many localities have been turned into isolated islands – they are physically within some ward, but on paper, they are inside a ward many kilometres away,” Pathak questioned.

“AAP appeals to the State Election Commission to fix all discrepancies and hold MCD elections at the earliest. Delhiites are eager to throw the BJP out of power,” he said.

A letter was also written by the AAP to the commission, which states, “The delimitation committee has disturbed most of the wards in most assembly constituencies without changing the number of wards. Certain areas have been moved from one ward into another ward. The committee has to explain the rationale behind this move to the people of Delhi.”

The party said. “Disadvantaged wards of the lower income groups were pushed further into the dark by increasing their population sizes while elite and richer wards were handpicked for smaller population sizes.”

Pathak added that they met the Delimitation Committee, which is conducting the delimitation exercise in Delhi. “We submitted feedback on the first draft of the delimitation report. We had two major concerns with the recommendations of the committee,” he said.

Pathak said, as per the report, some of the newly created wards will have a population of around 90-95 thousand, while the others will only have a population of 30 thousand.

“Every ward gets the same amount of funds, and this will create a problem in governing wards with a large population. We suggested that every ward should have a uniform population so that the elected councillors are best placed to serve the citizens of their constituency,” he added.

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