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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Why are the JD(U), BSP and SP contesting the Delhi MCD elections?

With the MCD elections in the capital concluding yesterday, one wonders why regional parties such as the Janata Dal (United), Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party contested these municipal elections.
These three parties are helmed by regional chieftains. What is the track record of these parties in promoting development in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, especially with their casteist and appeasement politics, which has prevented these states from realizing their true potential?  So much so that many Biharis and UP wallas have to migrate to other parts of the country, including New Delhi, to eke out a living. What track record and credentials do these parties of Nitish Kumar, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav have in Bihar and UP municipalities that they wish to bring to Delhi? It is clear that they wish to tap the votes of the people of their states who are residing in Delhi.
Delhi is likely to regress in development if the parties of regional chieftains are voted to power in the municipal elections. With the mediocre AAP already running the government and if JD(U), BSP and SP were to run the municipalities, Delhi residents would be in for a surprise.
It is clear that Nitish Kumar, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav are using the Delhi MCD elections to assess if they can spring to national prominence by leading a coalition in the next general elections.  In fact, Nitish Kumar is not even a political heavyweight in his state – he needs to run the government with the support of other political parties. Delhi residents should question the motives and credentials of JD(U), BSP and SP in  running for the MCD elections.
It is not a matter of pride for the people of Bharat if the chief minister of one of the most backward states in Bharat wants to be their future prime minster.  Likewise for the two former UP chief ministers! Unlike Narendra Modi, who has built a solid track record in bringing development to Gujarat, undeserving candidates for the PM’s post should not be encouraged. This is where one hopes the voters of Delhi have exercised their franchise carefully in these elections.  The AAP has become a joke, and its chief minister has shown his incompetence in his current term of office; the less said about the AAP, the better.
As the capital city of the country, Delhi voters should vote for a nationalist party.  Delhi residents who are from Bihar and UP need to ask if they are doing a favor by voting for the candidates belonging to these regional parties.  The prime ministerial ambitions of undeserving regional chieftains should not be encouraged, and Delhi residents have a role to play in this when exercising their franchise in the MCD elections.

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