MCD Elections to Appoint Mayor, Deputy on January 24, Says Lt Governor VK Saxena Amid Faceoff with AAP Govt


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Last Updated: January 16, 2023, 13:31 IST

The MCD mayoral elections amid a huge faceoff between the Lt Governor and the ruling AAP government (File Photo: PTI)

Last week, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia had tweeted that the Delhi government proposed four dates — January 18, 20, 21 or 24 — for the exercise.

Key Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections to appoint the Mayor of Delhi, the deputy mayor and six other members are to be held on January 24, according to the office of Delhi Lt Governor VK Saxena.

Last week, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia had tweeted that the Delhi government proposed four dates — January 18, 20, 21 or 24 — for the exercise.

A file regarding the proposal was later submitted to the Lieutenant-Governor amid the AAP government’s complaints that the civic body has been working without a Mayor for eight months, and there should not be any more delays.

The first meeting of newly elected MCD House on January 6 was adjourned due to ruckus over the oath to aldermen appointed by the LG. The AAP councilors and MLAs in the House had accused that there was a ploy to get voting rights for the aldermen to enable the BJP to have control over standing committee and zonal committees of the MCD.

The meeting was then adjourned without electing a new mayor and deputy mayor of the city.

In the MCD elections held in December last year, the AAP ended BJP’s 15-year-old rule in the civic body, winning 134 of the 250 wards. The BJP managed to win 104 wards.

The announcement comes amid a stiff tussle between the Lt Governor and the ruling Kejriwal government. The two have been in loggerheads over the smooth functioning of Delhi with the Chief Minister and his AAP accusing the governor of interfering with the functioning of the government.

The AAP protested outside the assembly against the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi, VK Saxena over allegations of the Lt governor’s interference in the issue of teacher training in Finland. Following this, the AAP, led by CM Arvind Kejriwal, took out a march to L-G House.

(With PTI Inputs)

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