Soon after taking over the post, the newly elected mayor thanked the chief minister, deputy chief minister and voters of Delhi for yet again reposing their trust in the party. “We have been given the task of keeping the capital clean and we will do it diligently,” she said after the election.
After the voting, held at the Civic Centre, Oberoi thanked councillors for the peaceful conduct of the elections. “I am thankful to the councillors in maintaining decorum and contributing to peaceful conduct of election proceedings. I will run the house as per DMC act and constitutional provisions,” she said.
Oberoi made it a point to thank the judiciary, under whose directions the elections were conducted. “I am also thankful to the Supreme Court Chief Justice, who gave directions for holding the election on time. It has been proven today that truth always wins. This is a victory of the people and democracy. Today the goons lost, the public won,” said Oberoi.
AAP’s Shelly Oberoi becomes Delhi Mayor
The new mayor’s tenure will last for less than 40 days as fresh elections for the post of mayor and deputy mayor are scheduled to take place after March 31, as per the DMC act.
Reacting to a media query about the steps planned to address the problem of the oversaturated landfills and the fact that only 27% trommeling has happened, Oberoi stated that she will immediately start working on the issue and conduct inspections in the next three days.
The mayor’s election was followed by voting for the deputy mayor. The two candidates nominated for the post included Kamal Bagri of the BJP and Aaley Mohammad Iqbal from AAP. After counting, Aaley Mohammad emerged the winner with 147 votes, while BJP got 116. Two votes were declared invalid and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir couldn’t cast his vote.
Earlier, the AAP had claimed the support of 151 councillor seats in MCD – 134 elected councillors along with 13 MLAs, three MPs and one independent councillor supporting the AAP mayoral candidate. The BJP had a total of 113 councillor seats – 104 elected councillors, one independent, seven MPs and one MLA. The voting figures, however, differed with AAP’s count standing at 147 for the deputy mayor’s election, followed by BJPs’ count at 116. This led to speculation by BJP that cross-voting had taken place in the party’s favour. While eight Congress councillors abstained from voting, one councillor Sheetal Chaudhary from Aya Nagar confirmed her participation in the process.
Addressing the media after the election, Aaley Mohammad said that the 80 days which were turned non-productive due to adjournment of the election process will be covered in coming days. “Under the leadership of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, we will ensure that people’ expectations are fulfilled and we will be able to implement the 10-guarantee programme for the welfare of the general public. We will leave no stone unturned to improve the corporation’s functioning,” he said.
While the first two elections were concluded peacefully, as soon as the process for holding elections for six members of the standing committee started, ruckus and chaos returned to the municipal corporation meeting.
First there was a delay in initiating the proceedings (over one and half hour) which led to the BJP councilliors raising slogans and chanting “Hanuman Chalisa”, then around 6.10pm the newly elected mayor returned and initiated the proceedings.
However, over the next one hour, BJP and the AAP party continued to disagree over the mayor allowing mobile phones inside the voting booths. Earlier, mobile phones were not permitted in the mayor and deputy mayor elections on the demand of leader of house Mukesh Goel. However, newly elected mayor Oberoi directed disallowing mobile phones amounting to hurting the dignity of members.
Reacting to her statement, BJP members entered the well of the house and raised slogans. The deadlock ended around 7.30pm, when Oberoi revised her stance and clarified that the mobile phones will not be allowed and election for six members of standing committee would be completed on the same day. But the statement didn’t satisfy the agitated BJP councillors who demanded that the 47 votes which were already casted while mobile phones were allowed, should be recast.
Citing the secret ballot provisions, Shikha Rai, BJP councillor and former leader of house in erstwhile south corporation, said that even in other elections phones are not allowed in the voting booth. “We demand that the mayor hold the election afresh on all six standing committee members’ seats,” said Rai, as Kamaljeet Sehrawat , BJP councillor and nominated member for standing committee supported her argument.
When the mayor’s repeated orders to remove the councillors creating ruckus didn’t serve the purpose, the house was adjourned for 15 minutes at around 8.10pm. The mayor, however, kept on insisting that the election for six members of the standing committee will be completed on the same day. The house didn’t resume till 9.20pm.
Ruckus in MCD meet: AAP mayor Shelly Oberoi claims attack by BJP, Opposition hits back
On Wednesday, while the election process was supposed to start at 11am, AAP councillors reached the meeting hall at 10.50am. MCD commissioner Gyanesh Bharti reached by 11.20am, followed by BJP councillors and the presiding officer Satya Sharma arriving at 11.30am. The election began with MP Meenakshi Lekhi casting the first vote, followed by MLA members coming to cast their votes beginning with AAP MLA Atishi. At 11.45am, 250 councillors started casting their vote and it began with Shweta Nigam, an AAP councillor who was unwell.
Around 2 pm, the AAP mayoral candidate was declared victorious by the presiding officer and she took over the seat.
This was the fourth time that the MCD house meeting was called to hold mayoral elections. The past three meetings were unsuccessful due to ruckus and adjournments. This had forced the AAP mayor to take the matter to the Supreme Court. Elections to the unified MCD took place on December 4, in which AAP got 134 seats, BJP 104 and Congress nine. The results were declared on December 7.
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