With a little over a week left for the MCD polls, leaders and workers across party lines are in full campaign mode. Each party is busy highlighting the failures of others to deliver on their poll promises.
In east Delhi's Mandawali, Aam Aadmi Party, BJP and Congress workers start their day early to get to their wards to monitor work there ahead of the voting day.
Narrow lanes with heavy traffic, dirty water flowing out from every drain in the locality, waste dumped on the road and the foul smell that engulfs the area make the locality extremely unhygienic for citizens of this ward.
Sudensha, sitting BJP councillor from Mandawali, doesn't seem to enjoy the voters' confidence any longer as locals claim issues concerning people have never been addressed. "Matters that need attention are never looked into. The same road is broken several times to build again and again just to enable them earn their funds", said a shopkeeper of the locality.
When India Today visited the lanes of Mandawali, most of them were disappointed with their councillors but not so irked with their MLAs and also Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. "Sisodia at least gives us a patient hearing but councillors only misuse funds", said another local.
BJP CANDIDATE CONFIDENT OF WORKING ON MODIJI's DREAM
The BJP candidate contesting this year's polls from here is Sarla Chandra, a confident social worker who promises to work on everything which wasn't delivered by her predecessor. "I have been working for the people of this ward for a long time. I have helped 800 people open their bank accounts to take Modi ji's dream ahead. I want to take this initiative forward and work for the people", she said.
She added, "I agree the lanes are dirty. There is water problem in this locality. I too face the same problem, but I will do whatever it takes to change the present messy state of affairs. That's my promise."
A short distance away, Aam Aadmi Party and Congress workers were seen campaigning too, with the same enthusiasm. But what made BJP's campaign draw more attention than others?
While BJP President Amit Shah is personally strategising the municipal poll plan, someone who is known to be an election expert within the party, party MPs, star campaigners and prominent BJP faces are boosting the morale of local workers.
BJP AHEAD OF RIVAL PARTIES?
It was apparent how the AAP and Congress' attempts to woo voters fell flat in comparison to those by the saffron party.
BJP's East Delhi MP Mahesh Giri has also joined its councillor and workers in reiterating the point that the Rajouri Garden by-election result shows the mood of the people of Delhi.
When India Today asked why didn't the previous BJP councillor deliver and why weren't sanitation cleaners not turning up for their duty in most wards of east Delhi, Giri said, "Even the media knows ever since the safai karamchari (sanitation cleaners) issue cropped up, the AAP has been in power. They (AAP government) just couldn't resolve their issues", Giri said.
Delhi has always witnessed this blame game between the ruling government and the MCD for a long time. It was Congress who was ruling the capital before AAP for 15 years. BJP has been enjoying being at the helm of MCD for the longest time.