MCD polls: Congress constitutes screening committee under Anand Sharma

Anand Sharma

New Delhi, March 29: With Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls just around the corner, the Congress Party on Wednesday constituted a screening committee for the elections.

Congress leader Anand Sharma will be the chairman of the committee, while Randeep Surjewala and Manicka Tagore will be the members.

Reportedly, Congress is ready to grab its lost sheen in the capital with this MCD election. Congress has decided to bring its popular leaders from neighbouring states to campaign for the party.

The party has announced that Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and his minister Navjot Singh Sidhu will hold rallies in Delhi. Singh will attend a public reception in west Delhi on March 30.

As per HT report, leaders from Rajasthan, Haryana and UP will also join to campaign for Congress. A senior party functionary said Punjab’s finance minister Manpreet Badal, Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son Deepender Hooda, Sachin Pilot from Rajasthan and former MP and Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar will campaign for party candidates in different municipal wards.

He also said Haryana leader Ajay Sharma, who was All India Congress Committee (AICC) coordinator and campaign in charge during Punjab assembly elections, is appointed as the incharge for Delhi municipal polls. Sharma, along with Delhi Congress chief spokesperson Sharmishta Mukherjee, will prepare the schedule for the regional leaders’ rallies.

However the schedule for the rallies is yet to be worked out.

Earlier Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said, “If the party wins, it will make the municipal corporations self-reliant in two years and develop Delhi as the cleanest and most beautiful city in the world.”

He also said the top priority will be payment of dues, including Rs 1,563 crore arrears to sanitation workers and regularisation of temporary staff.

MCD polls will be held on April 23. The poll panel has already started sending requisitions to various departments of Central and state governments including civic bodies to spare their employees for the same.

The counting of the votes will be held on April 26.

Wefornews Bureau

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