MCD Merger ahead of ‘Civic War’ ready to change power dynamics in Delhi

The union cabinet has approved a Bill to reunite three municipal corporations of Delhi ahead of civic polls in the capital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The union cabinet has approved the reunification of the three municipal corporations of Delhi , in a decision that will change the political and power equations in the national capital which would mean that the unified civic agency will be eligible to get funds directly from the Centre and will not have to depend on the Delhi government.

 

The decision has led to a political slugfest just ahead of municipal corporation elections that would have been declared by now if not for the Centre’s decision of unifying the three civic bodies. Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party is claiming that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s nervousness has prompted the move.

 

The reunification of the corporations is being seen as an attempt to prevent arm-twisting by the Delhi government if there is an opposition party ruling the MCD which would also mean a change in the power dynamics as the sole mayor of Delhi would be a parallel power centre to the chief minister.