Staff Reporter

Rally at Ramlila Grounds on February 11

NEW DELHI: The five-party alliance, Pragatisheel Jan Morcha, that had been floated as the Third Front for the forthcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections has decided to rope in more political parties to improve its prospects of winning the polls.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Morcha convener and Delhi Nationalist Congress Party president Ramvir Singh Bidhuri said the Front would give tickets to candidates after profiling them on their integrity and winning prospects.

He said since the people were dissatisfied with both the Congress and the BJP, the Morcha would contest all 272 seats. Mr. Bidhuri said the national leaders of all the constituents -- namely Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI, Jan Morcha, NCP and Janata Dal (Secular) -- would address a rally at Ramlila Grounds here on February 11.

CPI (M) Delhi State secretary P. M. S. Grewal said the alliance would raise issues pertaining to rehabilitation of slum dwellers, vendors and hawkers during the polls.

Also, he said, it would press for further division of MCD and introduction of the Mayor-in-Council system there to make it more accountable.

His CPI counterpart Amarjeet Kaur said the pathetic conditions prevailing in government schools, hospitals and dispensaries would also figure prominently in the Morcha's campaign.

"There has been total misgovernance in Delhi and we want people to know this. Also, we will be offering them a clean and trustworthy alternative of administration.''

Delhi Janata Dal (Secular) president and MLA Shoib Iqbal said the Morcha had also received intent of support from five other political parties.

"We have worked as one in all the elections during the past 15-odd years and are quite certain that people -- who are fed up with the prevailing water and power situation as also the havoc wrought by sealing and demolitions -- would vote us to power.''