Pick one date from Feb 3, 4, 6 for Mayoral poll: City Govt to LG

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Pick one date from Feb 3, 4, 6 for Mayoral poll: City Govt to LG

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

The Aam Aadmi Party-led (AAP)-led Delhi Government has suggested three dates — February 3, 4, and 6 for the election for the Mayor and requested Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena to pick one of them.

On the other hand, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has proposed February 10 for holding elections to Mayoral post. The final decision to this effect will be taken by the Lieutenant Governor’s office. As per the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, only 72 hour notice is required to call for the elections.

This is the third time that MCD’s house meeting has been convened to elections to Mayoral post and six standing committee members. With the second  meeting of the newly-constituted Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on January 24 adjourned sine dine due to protest by the BJP, the AAP is now pushing for an early resumption of House proceedings  The AAP has fielded Shelly Oberoi and Ashu Thakur as their candidates for the post of mayor.  The BJP has nominated Rekha Gupta. The nominees for the post of deputy mayor are Aaley Mohammad Iqbal and Jalaj Kumar for the AAP and Kamal Bagri for the BJP. The issue of holding the mayoral elections is also pending before the Supreme Court as the AAP has filed a petition. According to AAP, the matter is listed for February 3.

The mayoral election in the national capital was stalled on January 24  for the second time this month as the MCD House was adjourned indefinitely by the lieutenant governor-appointed presiding officer, following a ruckus created by some councillors. According to MCD officials, it was for the first time in the history of the civic body that a newly-elected House had failed to elect a mayor and deputy mayor in its two meeting.

The first meeting of the newly-elected MCD House on January 6 was also adjourned amid a ruckus by the AAP and BJP members. The AAP won 134 of the 250 wards in the MCD polls held in December. The BJP managed to win 104 wards. On January 24, the MCD House was adjourned without electing a mayor and deputy mayor following a ruckus by some councillors.

Sisodia, a senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, also accused the BJP of "running away from the election of the mayor".

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