New Delhi: Ahead of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, a Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation on Monday met State Election Commissioner SK Srivastava and sought his direction to remove the words “Aam Aadmi" from the names of the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) government-run schemes, including mohalla clinics.
Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta, who led the delegation, said the model code of conduct has come into force in all areas under the three civic bodies and the ruling AAP should not be allowed to use its official position during electioneering. The BJP leaders, including MLAs Jagdish Pradhan and OP Sharma, also handed over a memorandum of their demands to Srivastava.
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“The Delhi government is running about 150 Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics in different parts of the city where the words ‘Aam Aadmi’ are prominently displayed on hoardings, bill boards and banners etc. “It is also running Aam Aadmi Bypass Express Bus Service that covers a vast area of the city," the memorandum read. Naming of these clinics and the bus service after AAP is sure to “influence" the voters in its favour, to the “disadvantage" of other political parties in the fray, the BJP delegation claimed.
“The Aam Aadmi Party is in an advantageous position by the virtue of its official position for the purpose of its election campaign. “It is strongly urged that the Delhi government be directed to remove or cover the words ‘Aam Aadmi’ from hoardings, banners, name plates, bill boards etc," it said.
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Citing relevant examples, the BJP delegation said the Election Commission in the recently held elections in Uttar Pradesh directed to cover the word ‘Samajwadi’ on 1,488 ambulances operated under ‘Samajwadi Swasthya Sewa’. “In 2012 too, it had directed that the elephant symbol of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) be covered in parks," it said.
Elections to north, east and south municipal corporations will be held on 22 April and the results will come out on 25 April.