MCD polls in Delhi in December? Boundary Report Out, Know Why 24 Chairs Could See Big Turnaround In AAP vs BJP

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Work on the draft demarcation of departments of Delhi Municipal Corporation has been completed and suggestions and objections can be sent by people. The central government has set the total number of seats in the Delhi Municipal Corporation at 250 from the existing number of 272. This was stated in a Delhi Gazette notice issued on Saturday.

Reports suggest the new divisions are expected to be drafted in November and the citizen polling process, including notification by the state election commission, is likely to begin in late December this year.

The BJP is gearing up to corner the Aam Aadmi party as it hopes to hold municipal elections in the national capital in December, along with parliamentary elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.

The reduction in the number of seats means that 250 seats will now be voted on. The commission changed the geography of 22 of the 70 Vidhan Sabha constituencies, downsizing one ward in each. The remaining 48 were not touched.

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Vidhan Sabha constituencies with more number of wards were basically chosen to achieve equality in terms of size. For example, a seven-department Vidhan Sabha chair, three other six-department assembly segments and twelve five-department assembly segments saw a reduction in the number of wards. The Assembly constituencies that have seen geographical changes include Burari, Rithala, Bawana, Mundka, Kirari, Najafgarh, Bijwasan, Narela, Deoli, Babarpur, Okhla, Uttam Nagar and Vikaspuri.

This will have a significant impact on the outcome of the municipal poll. Both the AAP and Congress have accused the BJP of making these geographic changes for electoral gains.

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The changes will have a direct impact on 24 Assembly constituencies. Of the departments where changes have been made, nearly 100 are those with a lot of disparity in terms of population.

For example, the population of Mayur Vihar is 93,381 while the population of Chandni Chowk district is 35,509; Laxminagar has a population of 35,684 while Lalita Park has a population of 83,782; in Krishna Nagar assembly district, the population of Anarkali ward is 49,180 while adjacent Jagatpuri ward has 83,636 inhabitants.

The population of Gokalpuri ward in Gokalpur constituency is 44,658 while the population of Harsh Vihar ward is 87,009.

The MCD polls, originally scheduled for April, were postponed hours before the election schedule was announced. The election was called off because the Center wanted to unite the MCDs from three to one and also carry out the demarcation to reduce the number of departments.

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Following the reunification of the MCD and the approval of the Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022, the Center has now reduced the number of wards from 272 to 250. Previously, North and South MCDs had 104 wards each, while East MCD had 64. had departments.

The MCD polls, likely to be held in the coming months, are expected to play a vital role in gauging the vote of the national capital’s voters ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, as all seven seats from Delhi BJP nominees have been elected in 2014 and 2019.

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