New Delhi: The stalemate over the division of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) continues with indications that the civic body’s division may not be entirely based on the formula advocated by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Moreover, the Congress leadership is skeptical about the affect of the division  of the vote-bank of the party and fretting over the chances of smaller and independent political parties increasing their foothold once the MCD is divided, albeit the division would help in better administration. Considering these points, the party is divided on the stand.

Therefore, attempts are being made to chalk out a midway and reach to an amicable solution to expedite the fragmentation process of the world’s second largest municipal body in smaller units. For this, a meeting has been scheduled for Sunday to be attended by top Congress leaders in the Delhi government and state Congress leaders.

According to the sources, a meeting was held between senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, state coordinator Virender Singh, DPCC president J P Aggarwal and Chief Minister Dikshit earlier this week.

The party’s Delhi organization is opposing the state government’s proposal of restructuring the MCD by dividing it into five parts and increasing the number of municipal councilors from the existing 272 to 408.

While the Delhi government is supporting its proposal by arguing that the MCD division would help in better administration, it also justifies its decision by claiming that more number of wards would help in accommodation of more workers.

If the aforesaid division is implemented then the present figure of four councilors under one MLA will change to six councilors under one MLA.

The division may trigger the influence of other smaller parties especially BSP, fears the party’s state unit which may affect the party's chances in the civic polls slated for February 2012.

According to sources, the state units are in favour of division of the civic body in three instead of five parts. But the deadlock over the increase in the number of wards still exists.

Party general secretary and Delhi in-charge Chaudhary Virender Singh however opines that options are still available and soon a consensus will be reached on the issue.

(JPN/ Bureau)