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Kejriwal’s 10 Vows On Thursday As AAP’s ‘Jhadu’ Set To Clean Up Delhi; BJP Says ‘Fix Punjab 1st’

Sparring between the BJP and AAP in Delhi has intensified ahead of the national capital’s public opinion polls due to take place on Dec. 4. Garbage management has become a major topic of discussion between the two sides, with the AAP on Tuesday launching its “Kude pe Jansamvad” (public discussion about waste) campaign.

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday that Delhi’s CM Arvind Kejriwal will announce AAP’s 10 ‘guarantees’ for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls. He told reporters that AAP leaders met with the party’s national chairman earlier in the day to discuss the election.

Meanwhile, the BJP received an overwhelming 15,000 possible candidate personal details on Monday and said it is likely to announce the first list of 181 candidates on November 12.

Sisodia visits landfill in Ghazipur

During a visit to the Ghazipur landfill on Wednesday, Sisodia told reporters that people will vote for the AAP in the upcoming municipal polls to clean up the “dirt of the BJP” and if the Arvind Kejriwal-led party comes to power in the MCD, the “mountains” of garbage will disappear from the city in five years.

To show that the height of the landfill in Ghazipur has fallen, the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has been taking waste from it and dumping it in nearby areas, he claimed.

People will vote for “jhadu” (the poll symbol of the Aam Aadmi party) in the Dec. 4 MCD elections to clean up the “dirt of the BJP for a clean Delhi,” Sisodia said.

‘Dumping Yard during BJP’s tenure’

AAP leader Atishi claimed on Tuesday that Delhi had become a dumping ground under the BJP’s rule for the past 15 years. At a public meeting in Kalkaji, she said the corporate elections are not about political parties, but about people’s concerns and whether their places are kept clean.

Speaking at the launch of the party’s ‘Kude pe Jansamvad’ campaign, she said: ‘Through this ‘Jansamvad’ we are seeking feedback on the work of the BJP in the MCD. The BJP has turned Delhi into a landfill in 15 years. Call on everyone to vote for the Aam Aadmi party in the MCD elections and bring the Kejriwal model into the MCD to clean up Delhi.”

Life-threatening landfills, 16 new ‘garbage heaps’

The AAP also claimed that the landfills had become life-threatening and that people living in the area have serious health problems. AAP leader and the party’s MCD pollster, Durgesh Pathak, claimed that fire incidents are reported every year in landfills, and they should be investigated and the culprits put in jail.

“The BJP was trying to increase the spread of waste at the landfill in Ghazipur and much of the rubbish heap fell on local residents’ homes,” Pathak said.

He also claimed that since all “three garbage heaps cannot be made higher, and the BJP is preparing to build 16 new garbage heaps in Delhi”.

The MCD denied these claims, stating that a small section of the wall of the waste-to-power plant in Ghazipur had collapsed and that no new landfills will be opened in the capital.

‘First Fix Punjab’, BJP Strikes Back

Coming back to AAP, Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta said they should look at Punjab first. He said a landfill in Tajpur in the Ludhiana district of Punjab is bigger than the Qutub Minar and added: “While the government of Punjab is thinking about what to do with that waste, we have already started a waste power plant in Delhi,” he said, as per The Hindu.

“Instead of claiming that they are doing great things in Delhi, they should solve the waste problem in Punjab. There are piles of rubbish all over Jalandhar, which has ranked it below 150 in the recent cleanliness survey,” he said.

The BJP has held power in the MCD – split into companies in the north, south and east in 2012 and then united this year – for three consecutive terms.

Delhi HC refuses to conduct MCD polls

The Delhi Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to postpone the MCD polls, which will be held on Dec. 4.

Three petitions had been filed against the demarcation of certain departments and their reservation.

The poll results will be announced on December 7.

(With input from agencies)

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