The Delhi BJP today set the AAP government a deadline of four days to notify the newly-drawn municipal zones in the city, claiming the activities of the civic bodies are getting affected in its absence. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari told a press conference that the Kejriwal government was "deliberately" withholding the delimitation of the zones of the three civic bodies to avenge its defeat in the MCD polls. A Delhi government official accused the BJP-run corporations of attempting to "illegally restructure" the zones to suit the party's interests. So, the government has returned the proposal to the BJP, the official, who did not wish to be named, said. Tiwari "warned" that the BJP will demonstrate outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence and "at his public engagements" if the government continues to "stonewall" the process. "It is affecting the work of the corporations. We have repeatedly requested the government to clear the proposal.
But till date, it is stuck. We have not been able to constitute the statutory committees and other panels of the corporations," the Delhi BJP president said. Leader of Opposition in the North Delhi corporation Rakesh Kumar of the AAP said whether or not delimination should be effected was entirely the government's prerogative. "They did not even consult the opposition before sending the proposal to the government. At least the opposition should have been in the loop. They want things their way for electoral benefits," he said. The erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was trifurcated in 2012 into North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations or NDMC, SDMC and EDMC.