Edited By: Pritha Mallick
Final Up to date: February 18, 2023, 20:02 IST
Three classes of the Home have been held after the December 4 municipal polls (PTI Photograph)
Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) VK Saxena has given his nod to convene the municipal Home on February 22 to carry the election for the put up of mayor, Raj Niwas officers stated on Saturday.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena on Saturday accepted the advice by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and glued February 22 for a gathering of the Municipal Company of Delhi (MCD) to carry the election for Mayor, deputy Mayor and members of the standing committee. The announcement got here after the Supreme Courtroom on Friday gave a 24-hour deadline to declare a date for masking the municipal Home because the newly elected Delhi civic physique failed thrice to elect a brand new mayor as a consequence of tussle between the AAP and BJP.
The LG’s nod got here hours after Chief Minister Kejriwal beneficial to him that the mayoral election be held on the stated date. “Advisable MCD mayor elections to be held on 22 Feb,” Kejriwal stated in a tweet earlier within the day.
The Supreme Courtroom on Friday dominated in favour of the ruling Aam Aadmi Social gathering (AAP) and stated the members nominated by the LG to the MCD couldn’t vote to elect the mayor. A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala directed that the election of the mayor shall be performed on the first MCD meet, and as soon as elected, the mayor shall preside over the deputy mayor’s election.
Listening to a plea moved by the ruling Aam Aadmi Social gathering’s (AAP) mayoral candidate, Shelly Oberoi, searching for an early conduct of the election, the bench rejected the submission of Solicitor Normal Tushar Mehta, showing for the Lieutenant Governor, and Extra Solicitor Normal Sanjay Jain, representing the municipal physique, that aldermen (members nominated by the LG to MCD) can vote within the mayoral polls.
“The Municipal Company of Delhi (MCD) is a vital world physique and it’s fascinating that the election to the put up of mayor is held on the earliest. As a nationwide capital it doesn’t look good if the mayoral polls are held up,” the CJI noticed.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal welcomed the apex courtroom’s order and known as it a “victory of democracy.”
Doubling down on the LG, Kejriwal on Saturday accused him of “forcibly” stopping town authorities from presenting its views earlier than the Supreme Courtroom within the MCD mayoral ballot case and stated the latter tried to “intrude within the administration of justice” and dedicated “contempt of courtroom”.
“The Delhi authorities had requested the city improvement secretary to rent Gautam Narayan within the case. However the LG, on February 9, directed the official to nominate Solicitor Normal Tushar Mehta as the federal government’s lawyer to defend the case,” Kejriwal stated.
LG pressured Del authorities to nominate Tushar Mehta in MCD Mayor case in SC. So, Tushar Mehta represented each opposing events — Del authorities and LG. Isn’t this interference in administration of justice? Isn’t this a felony act?” Kejriwal requested in a tweet.
Each the BJP and the AAP have accused one another of stopping the mayoral ballot, with the bone of competition being the appointment of 10 aldermen by the LG to the Municipal Company of Delhi (MCD) and the choice of the civic physique’s presiding officer to offer them the correct to vote to elect the mayor, the deputy mayor and the standing committee members.
The electoral school for the election of the MCD mayor contains 250 elected councillors, seven Lok Sabha and three Rajya Sabha MPs from Delhi and 14 MLAs. The Delhi Meeting Speaker nominated 13 AAP MLAs and a BJP member to the civic physique.
The AAP gained 134 wards and the BJP 104 within the civic physique polls. A BJP insurgent, who had contested as an impartial, rejoined the celebration after successful from the Mundka ward. The overall votes within the mayoral polls are 274. The numbers recreation favours AAP, which has 150 votes towards the BJP’s 113.
Nevertheless, if the aldermen are allowed to vote, the dedicated voting power of the BJP might go as much as 123 from 113, a transfer the AAP authorities vociferously opposed.
(With inputs from PTI)
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