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National issues or local woes? Here's what experts think Delhiites will focus on this elections

Updated : May 08, 2019 10:09 PM IST

The national capital goes to polls on May 12 in the sixth and second last phase of Lok Sabha 2019 elections. It's a three-way fight between AAP, Congress and the incumbent BJP.

CNBC-TV18's Manisha Natarajan discussed with Sanjeev Jha, MLA of AAP, Aman Panwar, spokesperson for INC, Dilip Cherian, a political campaign advisor, Syed Zafar Islam, spokesperson for BJP and Ramesh Menon, director of Certes Realty the Delhi elections and the key issues in the national capital.

Here's what they have to say:

Syed Zafar Islam: "In general elections, neither the candidate nor the voters will have any focus on the local issues because it is a general election and people are electing Prime Minister and not the councillor or local MLA... air pollution is something which every government, whether it is the central government or the state government, will have to focus on and the BJP government has always been very focused on air pollution and took whatever measures the central government had to take."

Aman Panwar: "This election is going to be a mix of both national and local issues. When we talk about national issues, we talk about education, good health, employment and price rise. Local issues would be GST, impact of demonetisation, we would also talk about how the sealing has adversely affected Delhi because Delhi is a trader's hub. In Delhi we do not have industries, we do not have agriculture. We have seen how the BJP has completely failed to work on any of these important issues. We had the environment minister who was a member of parliament from Delhi and we saw how the citizens of Delhi had to suffer during very acute levels of pollution in Delhi. So, it is going to be a mix of both."

Dilip Cherian: "I feel that in this election local issues are going to be confined to just the edge... Modi versus all seems to dominate because Delhiites have this sense of importance and they feel that they are really deciding everything for this country."

Ramesh Menon: "If you are talking about full statehood, it is not something that can be decided by the 7 MPs representing almost 2 crore of the population of Delhi. If you talk about education alone, it is represented under the Department of Education under the Delhi government. If you talk about Law and Order, it is directly controlled by the Ministry of Home in the central government. So, there was never perfect coordination if different parties represented different hierarchies of governance in Delhi."
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