India, April 16 -- The provisional certificate for regularisation given to their colony by the then Congress government in 2008 had upped the hopes of thousands of residents of B-block in Sangam Vihar of a better future. To them, it meant end of "harassment" by police and corporation officials, ownership rights over their properties and access to better civic infrastructure.

But 11 years later, regularisation is a distant dream despite it being one of the top poll promises in the manifestos of all political parties in successive elections - two Lok Sabha and three Assembly elections- in Delhi.

"Yeh sirf chunavi mudda hai. Koi party serious nahi hai. (This is only an election issue. No political party is serious about it)," said Satyende...