Delhi Municipal Elections - 2007 Campaign:

In January 2007, NGOs, RWAs under the banner of United Residents Joint Action [URJA], trade unions and other activists of the city met political party brass under the aegis of New Delhi People’s Alliance [NDPA] in an attempt to promote greater engagement between parties and RWAs on the issue of candidature in the coming municipal elections. Following this meet, People’s Action began process for participation in municipal polls by forming ward committees at RWA level and declaring candidates selected by the members. Parallel to the RWA movement, People’s Action initiated a campaign to identify candidates in non-RWA areas. The campaign popularly known as ‘People’s Candidate’ program was aimed at seeking a new breed of candidates from mofussil areas. As a result of this effort, over 350 RWAs participated in the Municipal Elections that were held in Delhi in 2007. During these elections, RWA-selected candidates cornered 5% aggregate votes, with a two to three times increase in polling in such areas. Middle class participated in these elections as never before