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BJP’s corruption allegations have no takers, AAP will secure ‘landslide victory’: Sisodia
New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said clearing landfill sites, redevelopment of markets, regularisation of temporary employees and timely payment of salaries will be the top priorities of AAP if it wins the MCD polls. In an interview to PTI, Sisodia said resident welfare associations (RWAs) as “mini councillors” will be granted legal status. They will work like a form of ‘Mohalla Sabha’, the concept of which was obstructed by BJP-ruled municipal corporations, he said. He claimed that the Kejriwal-led AAP is going to secure a “landslide victory” in the polls, as voters can see through the lies being peddled by the BJP. Talking about the AAP's action plan to clear the three landfill sites in Delhi, Sisodia said it has been prepared after a proper study in the last five-six months. At the current pace and technology being used by the incumbent civic body, it will take decades to clear them, he said.
“We will focus on managing the solid waste right from the time it is picked up from the homes. Besides, a creative use of sanitation workers and paying them timely salaries is also a part of our roadmap. Experts say that solid waste is a goldmine and the government can earn a revenue from it,” Sisodia said. The deputy CM also rejected the BJP's claims that the municipal corporations were deprived of their due funds by the Delhi government and said that the civic bodies were given more money by the Kejriwal dispensation, as compared to what they were given before 2015. “The BJP leaders had said that they would get funds from the Centre. Why didn't they do it? The reality is that enough funds were given to the BJP-ruled corporations but with the increase in funds, the level of corruption also increased,” he alleged. Reiterating Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's promise of empowering RWAs, he said that the resident welfare bodies will be given status of “mini councillors”. Asserting that BJP is nowhere in the contest, Sisodia claimed that there is “restlessness” in the saffron party after indications of defeat in their internal surveys. “It is evident as the BJP has deployed top Union ministers and chief ministers for campaigning,” he said.