New Delhi: Come April 15 and political parties will lock horns for the much talked about MCD elections. Many regional parties like the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Janata Dal (United) have jumped into the fray posing a tough challenge to the Congress and the BJP.

In 2007 MCD polls, the NCP had fielded 135 candidates. However, only two candidates emerged victorious pushing the Congress to third position. This year the NCP has fielded 110 candidates for 272 seats.

If the president of the party’ election committee, Ramveer Singh Bidhuri is to be believed, the party candidates who will fight the municipal polls from Tuglakabad, Jaitpur, Meetapur, Moladband, Amar Colony, Okhla, Sangam Vihar have strong hold in these areas.

On the other hand, JD (U) has fielded as many as 55 candidates in the MCD polls. The party has taken those candidates into its camp who were considered strong contenders of the BJP but failed to get ticket from the party. Interestingly, the rebels will pose tough challenge for the opposing BJP candidate from their ward.

The JD (U) has been expecting fruitful results following the good presence of Biharis and Poorvanchalis in the national capital. Besides, the clean image of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to play a crucial role.

Though other regional parties like Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party, Lok Jan Shakti Party who have put their political fortune at stake are not being perceived as  tough contenders but the rebel BJP and Congress workers in their fold will really pose trouble for the major stake hold parties.

JPN/Bureau