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New Delhi: After the completion of assembly polls in Punjab and Goa, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has shifted its focus to the upcoming municipal corporation polls in the national capital.

A win in the city’s municipal polls is crucial for the AAP government in Delhi, which came to power in 2015 after winning 67 of the 70 seats, to implement its manifesto promises.

With a focus on civic polls, the Delhi state government has launched a range of schemes and projects.

Ahead of the polls, the government will present its budget in a five-day budget session which begins on Monday. The government has decided to present an outcome budget where it will put the expenditure outcomes under various heads.

Elections to the three municipal corporations which have a total of 272 wards are likely to be held in April. However, official dates for the polls are yet to be announced.

“Do you know who is responsible to keep Delhi clean? People think that it is the responsibility of the Delhi government. This responsibility comes under the civic authorities. Are you happy with the level of cleanliness in your area? No, right? Since the last 20 years, BJP and Congress have raided the MCD. There are so many taxes that they take from the people of Delhi but where does that money go?" Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, AAP’s national convener, said in a video released by the party.

On Sunday, Kejriwal inaugurated a project for sewer and drainage works. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia inaugurated a 24-hour drinking water project to provide quality drinking water straight from the tap.

In the last week, the government has launched schemes for free diagnostic tests, set up night shelters and inaugurated online services for the transport department.

The government has also hiked the minimum wage which will be implemented from 6 March.

“The government has woven beautiful dreams in the pre-budget addresses. This is in keeping with its old practice as reflected in the last two budgets," Press Trust of India reported citing Delhi’s leader of the opposition Vijender Gupta.

AAP, in power only in Delhi, contested assembly elections in Punjab and Goa, the results of which will be announced on 11 March.

“Municipal bodies have a lot of corruption. We will bring that to light and also focus on the work the state government is doing," said a senior AAP leader.

AAP is contesting all the seats in the MCD polls.

Last year, making its debut in municipal polls, the party contested by-polls in 13 seats. AAP won five seats, Congress four and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) three. Currently, the BJP is in majority in three municipalities.

Delhi is a special state—a point of contention between the AAP government and the Centre.

Separately, Swaraj India which is contesting polls for the first time has released its vision document for the poll with a focus on citizen participation in self-governance and reduction in corruption. The document was released by its president Yogendra Yadav on Sunday.

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