Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Why MCD election results may effectively be Delhi's Obituary

Why MCD election results may effectively be Delhi's obituary

New Delhi, capital of India and a union territory has long remained an administrative conundrum. A complex web of authorities and constitutional posts have been created to run the city's various departments each with responsibilities which often intertwine in a manner that the citizen can never really hold anyone truly and solely accountable for anything, be it essential civic services, law and order, traffic, medical facilities, education etc.

Such an administrative nightmare of multiple power centers not only creates apathy and confusion but also corruption, the hallmark of this great city's work culture. Money is the only fuel and grease which runs the governmental machinery, something which Delhi's elite have ready access to and which Delhi's poor and neglected aspire to.

This reality is flawlessly reflected in the fact that only some areas like Lutyen's Delhi being ultra modern with the best of amenities, while others remain loathsome with shoddy infrastructure and living conditions.But no one really cares. Ministers, Councillors and Government officials (Babus), who have access to plush air conditioned offices, lush greenery, clean roads, good schools, medical facilities, bribes and expensive gifts  and good life in general on a silver platter sponsored by the tax payer's money find little incentive to change things.

The only time the tables are reversed to some extent are during elections when the politicians need Delhi's large migrant and underprivileged populations to maintain the status quo. The standard operating procedure for the politicians and elite is to lure the common man with incentives, castles in the air and perhaps some goodies to get back to their normal manner of functioning.

However, the recent elections for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, also known locally as the Most Corrupt Department was potentially a turning point to change the state of affairs.The reason for this was the enormous stakes so many political parties had invested in it.A correct verdict by the people was crucial to stall the decay of Delhi.

The BJP wanted to show that the "Modi Wave" was alive and kicking, that even after having done a pathetic and shameless job of heading the MCD for the past 10 years, that people would still be hypnotized by the person of the Prime Minister and vote them to power again. To be fair to the Prime Minister, he had all the old existing MCD  candidates removed and introduced fresh faces. Further, the integrity and dedication of the Prime Minister and his team cannot be doubted. So the BJP had made out a case that since Prime Minister Narender Modi had just recently  come to the helm of affairs in the BJP, that things would be different. They sought the people's vote under the pretext that while the BJP had done a shameful and pathetic job in running the MCD in the past 10 years, that they were now ready to improve their performance, especially in the light of Prime Minister Narender Modi's vision. While people brought into this message and have indeed voted the BJP to majority, it is already evident that many in the BJP have already starting misinterpreting the people's mandate.

Some in the BJP started saying that the victory meant that the people of Delhi actually endorsed the corrupt dysfunctional MCD of the past decade, while others attributed the victory to the campaigning by singer actor Manoj Tiwari, brought in the BJP to capture the purvanchali voters. Still others attributed this to the misgovernance by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

If the above reasons for BJP's victory are accepted, then the results are truly abysmal for Delhi's future. For it would show that Delhi's voters are so gullible that they failed to understand that the Chief Minister had no active role to play in the MCD's functioning, or that they are easily swayed by a personality that can sing and dance or that they have accepted corruption and apathy as a way of life.

The Indian National Congress wanted to show that they were on their way to re-establish themselves. With 10 years of anti incumbency going against the BJP, their job at winning should have been fairly easy. However, the fact that they could not win shows their failure to put up a credible opposition and offer the voter a better alternative.

The Aam Aadmi Party, was considered a hot favorite in the MCD elections . After having lost the state elections in Punjab, winning the MCD polls was important to them. While the MCD elections were also wrongly being projected by the media as a mini referendum on Kejriwal's performance as Chief Minister of Delhi, the messaging stuck and Kejriwal had to enter into this campaign all guns blazing to salvage the dithering brand of his party. The fact that the AAP did badly sets the stage for a serious battle for Delhi elections in the years to come. Kejriwal may also possibly face defections from his own party members, putting the stability of his government on a very unstable footing.

New entrant Swaraj India, under Yogender Yadav and Prashant Bhushan took to these elections to test the waters. Perhaps the only party to offer tickets to a large number of women candidates, to transparently display their funding on their website and to propose issues related solely to governance of Delhi and the MCD instead of governance of India as a whole, they may find end up taking few or no takers. But these elections were a win win situation for them since their stakes were not very high.

The Delhi voters have passed their mandate. They chose to take a huge risk by entrusting a corrupt and apathetic BJP managed MCD to power once again rather than the other opposition parities like the Indian National Congress and the AAP whom they appear to regard as even more corrupt, opportunist and distrustful.

If the voters are lucky, the Prime Minister and his team will take note of the correct message and like demonetization, enforce stringent measures to safeguard the interests of the voters and the city. If not, Delhi has not shortage of power brokers, mafia dons and corrupt politicians to loot and plunder Delhi and suck the city's soul - whatever is left of it.Delhi is already suffering from the malaise of poor infrastructure, poor planning and facilities and burdened with rapid expansion. It's very survival is dependent on the performance of the new MCD.

Let's hope the voters are given an opportunity to see improvements rather than dwell on the carnage they have been witnessing for so long.



19 comments:

  1. I agree and hope the city of Delhi gets good governance and not just empty promises after delhi mcd elections

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    1. Drama acting between Kejriwal and Kapil Mishra will further destroy AAP chances in next election.

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  2. I also support Modi ji but how much he can do to improve rotten MCD ? He needs to do surgical operation of MCD also so that whole of Delhi and not just Lutyen Delhi becomes world class city.

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    1. Modi Sir will make Delhi like Vienna and Zurich that is world class cities

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  3. Delhi people dont know which agency is responsible for which problem hence they selected best of worst options in MCD elections

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  4. AAP will win Delhi 2020

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  5. Delhi will be Hongkong and Singapur under BJP wothin 1 year

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  6. Delhi will have only Acche Din within 1 month under BJP MCD elections. There will be 0 cases of degue, chikangoonia and malaria this year

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  7. Wow, I can already feel Delhi air quality improving. Can you smell the freshness?

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  8. Pankaj Bhasin8 May 2017 at 04:34

    Corrupt or not Kejriwal is the last alternative to BJP. If only for that reason he must be kept alive. Otherwise India will have no opposition left. While BJP is doing gr8 work , it will be sad day for Indian democracy to have no opposition party.

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    1. @pankaj So you mean to say even corrupt politician is acceptable just so he can be opposition ? Shame on you

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    2. Pankaj Bhasin8 May 2017 at 04:46

      @Ramesh so on what basis you are distributing honesty certificate to other parties. Have they given you their funding details. If so please share with us.

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  9. Shubh Chintak8 May 2017 at 06:55

    Corrupt Arvind Kejriwal is no match for strategic planning of seasoned politicians. So he should have patience, resign , go back to being dharna kumar and try again to enter politics after few years of learning how things are managed.

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  10. One cannot expect anything from Manoj Tiwari since he hasn't had experience in governing Delhi MCD but Modi ji will train him just like he trained the newcomer Cheif Minister of Maharashtra.I also liked the fact that Ajay Maken of Congress gracefully resigned from his post. Congress people should do more such things if they are ever to win back the trust of India

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  11. Madhukar Shastri9 May 2017 at 21:00

    All political parties must install cameras everywhere, appoint Lokpal and declare there party funding transparently. Problem solved.

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    1. Prajwal deshmukh11 May 2017 at 02:47

      @Madhukar all the fighting and non cooperative attitude of BJP and AAP is and will destroy Delhi's development. It is unfortunate to watch political parties greed for power at the cost of Delhi's growth.

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    2. Girish Prajapati11 May 2017 at 02:59

      It is all fault of Anna Hazare. Why he is sitting comfortably in Ralegaon Siddhi while Delhi is rotting? Why he let Kejriwal get centrestage without verifying his credentials? There were so many who had joined Anna movement but ha gave importance to Kejriwal and fooled the people of Delhi

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  12. #KejriKaKalaSach Arvind Kejriwal's exposure will further dampen Delhi's development. Was it a mistake to elect him?

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  13. I feel while BJP is highly successful as a ruling pan India National Party, it's Delhi wing has failed miserably. Instead of opposing every scheme of Arvind Kejriwal ,they should come out with some constructive role of their own. So far, they only appear to have created ruckus, create unnecessary administrative interference and simply use admin machinery to level allegations against Mr. Kejriwal, without any proof. While this may work in other States due to limited awareness among people, this "formula of disruption and divisiveness" cannot work in Delhi. BJP will have to project a new narrative of progressive, development works or international standards, to capture the imagination of the Delhi Citizens.The first step for them should be to remove the senior politicians and actor turned politicians who have no idea of how much the world has progressed and who are still stuck in regressive ideas of the 1980s. Delhi people are too smart to see through silly old formula of sting operations, IT/ED raids, court cases, buying off party people and divisiveness along caste/communal lines. BJP will stand a much better chance in next Delhi elections if it supports the progressive policies of Kejriwal and opposes only those policies which are truly detrimental to Delhi's development.Or maybe PM needs to take control of Delhi BJP in his own hands to make it a responsible opposition.

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