New Delhi: The stage is set for the Municipal Corporation elections in Delhi to be held on Sunday. While the political corridors are abuzz with activity, the public seems to be maintaining stoic silence.
 
Although several parties are claiming victory in the polls, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party have emerged as the main contenders in the competition. Going by the existing trend, Congress has a bright chance of emerging victorious but considering the current situation, the BJP seems to be gaining from the anti-UPA wave resulting from corruption and inflation.

The infighting that had bogged both BJP and the Congress over ticket distribution has ended now. There are 2,473 candidates in the fray for the 272 seats of three municipal corporations.

While the people of Delhi had voted for the BJP in 1997, the Congress reigned in the 2002 MCD elections. Again in 2007, the BJP took over the crown from the Congress and is competing with the party in the upcoming municipal corporation polls.

Making every effort to take over the MCD throne from the BJP, the Congress is counting the failures of the BJP leaders and highlighting those issues where MCD proved to be a cropper. The Congress is confident that the people of Delhi will vote only on the basis of performance of the municipal corporation.

Similarly, the BJP is not leaving any stone unturned in criticising the Congress led UPA government at the Centre and the Sheila Dikshit government in the capital over price rise and corruption. The party believes that miffed with the Commonwealth Games scam and 2G scandal, the voters will seek relief in the BJP’s regime.

However, the political pundits are of the view that development is the key to win the hearts of the people. Aware of the voters’ mindset, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has been reminding the people of the changing face of Delhi under the Congress rule. Dikshit is appealing the people to vote for Congress to enable better cooperation and speedy execution of projects if the same party is elected to the MCD as well.

On the other hand, the MCD polls have become a question of survival for the BJP as a loss will wipe them out from Delhi.

(JPN/Bureau)