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Congress and BJP announce election committees for municipal polls

New Delhi, Mar 3 () : Both congress and BJP announced their  election committees  on Friday, stepping-up preparations for  municipal polls.

Lists of candidates who will enter the fray, will be drawn by the panels. One panel each for seven parliamentary constituencies has been set up by the All India Congress Committee.  Each committee consists of the area MP, Congress MLAs, district presidents of the party and the AICC coordinator.

The lists will be handed over to the apex committee including chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president JP Aggarwal, AICC general secretary in-charge of Delhi, Chaudhary Birender Singh and all seven AICC coordinators, once drawn.  The decision lies with the apex court regarding the short-listing the final candidate.

BJP’s committee will include 16 members and three special invitees. The committee will zero in on the final candidates, after studying over 2,500 names. Vijender Gupta, State BJP president said that apart from taking a call on the candidates for MCD polls, the panel will also play a decisive role in Delhi Assembly elections.

The BJP panel has representatives from various castes and communities. Vijay Kumar Malhotra, leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijay Goel, former Union minister and senior BJP leader, Dr Harshvardhan, former state president and Arti Mehra, former mayor are some of the panel lists.

Leader of the House in MCD, Subhash Arya, is a special invitee. However, former Leader of Opposition Jagdish Mukhi and MLA of Janakpuri are missing from the list.

In the meantime, to improve the voter turnout this time, Delhi Election Commission is making efforts. To take off from mid-March – to reach out to the public, the panel has planned an awareness campaign.

Rakesh Mehta, state election commissioner, is expected to work out the nuances of the campaign, on Monday. “We want voters to realize that municipal corporations have a cradle to crematorium relationship with citizens,” Mehta said.