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.
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