Staff Reporter

NCP to form a new front with like-minded parties

NEW DELHI: The newly appointed president of the Delhi Nationalist Congress Party and MLA, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, on Tuesday demanded immediate dissolution of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi asserting that it had not only become corrupt but also unmanageable.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Bidhuri said in view of the continued criticism by the courts over the functioning of the civic body and the failure to provide efficient civic services, the best option was to dissolve the Congress-ruled MCD and pave the way for its re-structuring. Mr.Bidhuri demanded that after the dissolution of the Corporation, it should be divided into smaller bodies based on the views given in various reports by the experts so that people are able to get delivery of public services at their doorstep.

Mr. Bidhuri said it was high time that the Corporation's functioning was decentralised. "Whatever be the new set-up, it should be ensured that people are served in their respective zones and do not have to venture out of the areas. There has to be some kind of single window delivery system that needs to be put in place so far as public dealing is concerned. The MCD was set up when the population of Delhi was 10 lakhs but now it has shot up to 1.50 crores making the situation chaotic and messy,'' he added.

Poll tie-up

On the political front, Mr. Bidhuri said the NCP along with other like-minded parties would form a front in Delhi and contest all seats in the coming MCD polls early next year. The effort would be to form a non-Congress and non-BJP front in Delhi to provide an alternative to the people of Delhi, an experiment that could be further replicated at the national level in the coming time.

Mr. Bidhuri said he had already held consultations with the former Prime Minister V.P. Singh and Jan Morcha president Raj Babbar over the possible poll tie-up in Delhi during MCD and other future polls. Similarly, discussions had also been held with the Rahstriya Lok Dal president Ajit Singh and Janata Dal (S) Delhi president and Deputy Speaker Shoaib Iqbal who have already pledged their support for the proposed front in Delhi.

Left parties

"My aim is to also enrol Rashtriya Janata Dal of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and Union Fertilisers Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and also the Left parties to contest polls in the Capital,'' he added.