MCD Mayor Elections: AAP, BJP councillors clash over aldermen appointment

On the first day of the meeting of the MCD House, AAP accused the BJP of trying to take over MCD by unfair means.

| Updated: 06 January, 2023 2:36 pm IST

AAP and BJP councillors clashed over the appointment of 10 aldermen by LG VK Saxena on the very first day of meeting of the newly elected Municipal Corporation of Delhi House on Friday.

The meeting began with BJP councillor Satya Sharma being administered the oath as presiding officer for the elections to the posts of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) mayor and deputy mayor.

After Sharma invited alderman Manoj Kumar to take his oath, AAP MLAs and councillors began to protest and shout slogans, rushing to the Well of the House.

AAP protested on several counts. First, AAP claims that the Presiding Officer was supposed to be that of AAP and not BJP. Second, Nominated Aldermen were to be appointed by the Delhi government and not the LG, and finally, nominated councillors are not supposed to cast votes.

While addressing a press briefing, AAP Councillor from Ward 17 S Janak Puri Parveen Kumar accused the BJP members of tearing his clothes. “Nominated Aldermen have never been sworn in before in the history of MCD.When I objected, they started fighting, 25-30 BJP councilors attacked me. They tore my clothes. This is hooliganism,” he said.

Backing him up, AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “Nominated councillors do not vote inside the House for appointment of Mayor, or that of deputy mayor or of members of standing committee. Nominated councillors cannot vote for the appointment of these posts. BJP is trying to get hold of MCD through illegal means. We will not let this happen.”

On its part, BJP put the blame of the ruckus on AAP. BJP National spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla said, “AAP is frustrated because they could not perform well in the areas of their big leaders. They sold tickets for MCD elections. They don’t trust their own Councillors. That is they did not let the voting happen today.”

The AAP won 134 wards in the MCD polls and ended the BJP’s 15-year rule in the civic body. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 104 wards, while the Congress won nine seats in the 250-member municipal House. The House was scheduled to convene on January 6 for the first time after the 2022 civic polls.

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