New Delhi :
The election of the mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will no longer be held on February 16. The Supreme Court will now hear the matter on February 17. During the hearing in the MCD mayor election case, the SC said that nominated councilors cannot vote and the constitutional provisions are clear about this. Reacting to this comment of the Supreme Court, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Saurabh Bhardwaj has targeted the central government and the BJP. Bhardwaj said, “It is a well-settled law that nominated councilors cannot vote. The mayor’s election is held first and the mayor himself conducts the remaining two elections. But it was a great shamelessness of the central government to win the election of a small MCD.” For this, he dishonestly did not allow the proceedings of the House to proceed 3 times.
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He said, “The AAP took this matter to the country’s biggest court (Supreme Court). Today, the Supreme Court cleared this matter and asked the central government’s counsel that how is it possible that the nominated councilors will vote. When our lawyer said that nominated councilors are being forced to vote, the court said that it is a matter of law that they cannot vote. Secondly, the court said that until the Supreme Court decides, Until then, the Central Government and the LG should not forcefully conduct the election of the mayor. We are very thankful to the Supreme Court that there is one such institution left in the country today, where there is rule of law. On which there is no pressure from the central government or anyone. Not there.”
It is noteworthy that due to the tussle between the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party, a meeting of the councilors of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was held on January 6, 24 and February 6, but the election of the mayor could not be held. The municipal corporation meeting was canceled amid heavy protests by members of the Aam Aadmi Party after 10 councilors nominated by the Lieutenant Governor (LG) were allowed to vote. The Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the winner in the MCD elections held in December. It won 134 wards and ended the BJP’s 15-year rule in the civic body. The BJP had secured the second position by winning 104 wards while the Congress could win only nine seats.
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