New Delhi: Amid the high fever of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections in the national capital, the functioning of Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government has taken a slow pace. At a time when the senior Congress leaders are busy in distribution of tickets and bureaucrats in their election duty, the implementation of development projects has been put on backburner.

It can be gauged from the fact that the projects related to the construction of new hospitals and regularisation of unauthorised colonies; whereas few projects related to women and child development and BRT corridor has been put to halt.

With the issuance of notification for MCD elections on March 5, the Election Commission has enforced moral code of conduct in the nation capital.

Following this the government had to postpone its programmes on occasion of Women's Day on March 8.
Along with the party workers, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is also engrossed in distribution of tickets. Sources say, after performing herculean task of MCD trifurcation, Dikshit has major say in ticket distribution for MCD polls.

If the EC officials are to be believed, more than 70,000 government employees are required to conduct free and fair MCD elections on April 15. The EC has already appointed 64 bureaucrats as returning officers for the successful conduction of the municipal elections.

Sources in the government said that after the constitution of all three municipal corporations on April 21, the Delhi government will carry out the development schemes. The Budget Session is likely to be begun by the April end or the first week of May. 

JPN/Bureau