Delhi will be ‘comparable to London within just one year’, says Indian capital’s chief minister

Arvind Kejriwal pledged to reform the city's civic management if his party is elected to power 

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Delhi will be comparable to London within a year, according to the city’s Chief Minister. 

Arvind Kejriwal pledged to reform Delhi’s civic management if the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) is voted to power in the upcoming municipal elections. 

The comments were made as Mr Kejriwal addressed a public rally at Uttam Nagar, while inaugurating sewers and drains. 

He also launched an attack on Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and claimed the municipal bodies had failed to keep the city clean. 

The AAP is currently the ruling party of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Chief Minister is now setting his sights on the municipal elections. 

"[Delhi] will be comparable to London within just one year if AAP wins the municipal polls.

“...If AAP gets control, I promise to clean up Delhi like never before. Before AAP came to power, the government didn't carry out sewer works in unauthorised colonies,” Mr Kejriwal said, according to the Economic Times

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

“But we changed that as human beings live even in these colonies. Apart from laying sewers, we are working on regularisation.

"We sent the file to the Centre a year ago, but decision on it has been delayed. The high court has ordered the Centre to speed up the matter," he added. 

The municipal corporation of Delhi is an autonomous body that governs 8 of the 11 districts in Delhi. 

The BJP won the elections for a third consecutive time in 2012 and the next election is set to take place in April 2017.