For the Aam Aadmi Party that is coping with loss in Punjab and Goa, the MCD election on April 22 is a litmus test of 2 years of its governance in Delhi, and more. A good performance in this election will send a message that Delhi - which gave the party 67 out of 70 seats in 2015 - doesn't regret the choice two years later, and the AAP's Delhi Government had delivered on its mandate.
Mr Sisodia has already started going for door-to-door campaigns and addressing party workers. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal - who recently reached out to supporters to ask them not to lose heart with the party's performance in the two states, Punjab and Goa - will soon join him over the next 10 days.
It is no less prestigious for the BJP which scored its second consecutive win in 2012 when the monolithic MCD was split into three; North Delhi (104 seats), South Delhi (104 seats) and East Delhi (64 seats). In all, there are 272 municipal seats, or wards.
"We will show people no dynasty, caste or religion-based politics will happen in Delhi... Development is the only agenda" said the Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari.
Congress hopes the municipal election will be an opportunity to regain lost ground in Delhi and wants to rope in Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to help them beat AAP in the party's home ground. "We will call the bluff of AAP," said Haroon Yusuf of Congress Party.
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