War of words between BJP, AAP before Delhi Mayor election today

Both parties are putting the onus on each other as Delhi hopes to get lucky a third time with the mayoral election

NEW DELHI | Updated: 06 February, 2023 10:28 am IST
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva

The war of words started between the Delhi Deputy CM and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia and Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Virendra Sachdeva hours before the third attempt to elect Delhi Mayor.

Putting the onus on each other, both Sisodia and Sachdeva were seen blaming each other if the house adjourned again on February 6.

As per the Delhi LG’s direction, the appointment of the new mayor will be held today at the Delhi Civic Centre in the afternoon.
The election process had to be adjourned twice before, with both parties failing to come to terms with it.

In the first attempt on January 6, following the Municipal Council of Delhi (MCD) election, councillors from both parties got into an altercation that turned physical, injuring members from both sides.

Then again on January 22, a ruckus inside the house forced another cancellation of the election process.

“The BJP has instructed its councillors not to allow the mayoral election to be held again in the MCD meeting today,” Delhi Dy CM Sisodia tweeted in the morning on Monday.

 

He said BJP councillors have been told to create a ruckus on any pretext as soon as the house starts. “Like last time, the house will be adjourned indefinitely again. LG will again give a date after 20 days, Sisodia added.

 

In reply to Sisodia’s tweet, Sachdeva tweeted. “Manish Sisodia, your story is clear. People in Delhi understand your restlessness. The AAP does not believe in its majority. AAP has instructed its councillors to adjourn the house by creating a ruckus on any small matter. If the House is adjourned today, Arvind Kejriwal will be responsible for it.”

The AAP has won a majority in the Delhi civic body’s house for the first time, with 134 councillors. The house comprises 250 wards after the delimitation done by the central government last year. The election of the MCD was held in December 2022, but the mayor is yet to be appointed.

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