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MSD polls: Delhi Congress plans door-to-door campaign

LiveMint logoLiveMint 26-02-2017 PTI

New Delhi: The Delhi Congress has chalked out a plan for door-to-door campaign for the MCD elections with each worker covering 16 houses under every polling booth. The Congress is gearing up for the polls to 272 wards of the three civic bodies by focusing on “failures” of both the AAP and the BJP on development front.

The party is looking for a revival in Delhi after its dismal performances in the Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections in the national capital. In January this year, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi had met a delegation of the Delhi Congress, including its opposition leaders in three BJP-ruled municipal corporations, and gave suggestions for the MCD polls which is likely to be held in April.

“On Gandhi’s suggestion, the party is forming a dedicated team of 15 workers per booth for the MCD elections,” senior Delhi Congress leader Chatar Singh said. There are nearly 13,000 polling booths in Delhi spread over 70 Assembly constituencies. Every ward has around 40 polling booths with each having around 1,000 voters, he said. The party has a created a pool of around 2 lakh workers who will ensure door-to-door campaign at booth level, with each worker covering about 60-70 voters or roughly 16 houses during campaigning for MCD elections, Singh said.

“This door-to-door contact programme has already started with workers visiting homes under ‘Meri Dilli Mere Sapne’ campaign launched by the party in December last year,” he said.

Gandhi is slated to address a convention of Delhi Congress at Ramleela Grounds in New Delhi which will be attended by these booth-level workers. The workers have been pooled on the recommendations of applicants for Congress ticket in MCD polls. Feedback of these workers will also be vital in deciding tickets in different wards besides the strong voter connect in each polling booth, he said.

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