Election for Delhi Mayor postponed yet again amid ruckus | Top developments

Delhi’s bid to elect a new mayor was derailed yet again on Tuesday, with the house being adjourned sine die following a ruckus. The process to elect a new leader — the city’s first woman mayor in a decade — had previously been aborted on January 6 following acrimonious scenes between the AAP and the BJP.

The ruling Aam Aadmi Party, which won 134 seats in the recently concluded polls, has fielded Shelly Oberoi for the mayor’s post. The BJP meanwhile nominated three-term councillor Rekha Gupta. AAP has fielded Aaley Mohammad Iqbal for the deputy mayor post, while the BJP has fielded Ram Nagar councillor Kamal Bagri.

Elections for six members of the Standing Committee from the House were also slated to be held today.

Here are the latest updates summed up in 10 points:

  1. Mayoral elections have been postponed for the second time this month amid chaotic scenes in the House. 
  2. There had been heavy security deployment inside the municipal House, the Civic Centre premises and even the Well in order to avoid the chaos seen on January 6.
  3. Soon after the House convened, several  number of BJP councillors had moved towards the benches where the AAP councillors were sitting. They chanted the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and raised slogans against AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal.
  4. Members nominated by lieutenant governor VK Saxena had taking oath before the elected representatives on Tuesday, amid cries of «shame, shame» from AAP councillors. The nominated members in turn raised slogans of «Jai Shri Ram» and «Bharat Mata ki Jai» after the ceremony.
  5. As the ceremony came to an end, some councillors from both parties had entered into a heated exchange.
  6. Amid protests, the presiding officer adjourned the House until a further date. It is not yet clear when the next attempt to elect a Delhi Mayor will be undertaken.

7. Following the adjournment the AAP has accused the BJP of delaying proceedings as it was losing the polls. “The whole country saw what happened in the MCD House today. Democracy was strangled openly. The BJP is losing miserably in the mayoral election, that’s why the house was forcibly adjourned after quarreling and abusing,» read a tweet by AAP lawmaker Sanjay Singh, roughly translated from Hindi.

8. “BJP doesn’t have numbers. That’s why they adjourned the house. All our councilors are sitting here. If you have guts then come and get voting done. Respect the mandate of the people of Delhi,» tweeted AAP MLA Durgesh Pathak.

9. “We were sitting in the House to vote since 11 am and when finally the time came, a ruckus began in the House. This is wrong, democratic principles must be followed,» countered BJP leader and Union Minister Meenakashi Lekhi.

10. The post of mayor in the national capital sees five single-year terms on a rotation basis, with the first year being reserved for women, second for the open category, third for reserved category, and the remaining two again for the open category.

(With inputs from agencies)

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