For Delhi Mayor Polls, AAP Goes To Supreme Court docket With Two Requests


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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has led the cost in opposition to BJP’s alleged “unlawful makes an attempt”.

New Delhi:

The Aam Aadmi Celebration’s (AAP) Delhi mayoral candidate Shelly Oberoi on Thursday went to the Supreme Court docket to demand that elections to the civic physique’s high submit be held “in a time-bound method”. A listening to is probably going on Friday. The occasion has additionally argued that legislation be adopted to not enable the ten nominated councillors to vote.

The transfer comes two days after the mayoral election was stalled for the second time this month amid chaos on the sitting of the newly-elected Municipal Company of Delhi (MCD). 

The AAP, which gained majority within the MCD polls final month, has alleged bias by the the stand-in presiding officer, a BJP councillor, and mentioned the BJP needs to make use of “unlawful means” within the mayoral elections. It sees “a deep conspiracy” by the BJP via the presiding officer appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, who’s an appointee of the BJP’s central authorities.

The BJP, unseated within the MCD after 15 years, claims the AAP is “scared” as its councillors might not vote for its candidate.


Shelly Oberoi is the AAP’s mayoral candidate.

Following the adjournment on Tuesday — after BJP councillors held protests with placards accusing the AAP of “working away” from the mayoral elections — the AAP accused the BJP of engineering the chaos to really stop the election.

AAP members had remained seated even after the adjournment, and the occasion held a headcount to underline that it has the numbers.  

Earlier, on January 6, the primary assembly of the brand new Home was additionally adjourned when each AAP and BJP members protested. On the nub of AAP’s protest that day was nominated councillors (‘Aldermen’) being administered the membership oath earlier than the elected members. 

The AAP gained 134 of the 250 wards within the MCD polls held in December, and the BJP acquired 104 seats.

Within the petition to the Supreme Court docket, filed by AAP’s mayoral candidate Shelly Oberoi and occasion chief Mukesh Goyal, there are two details — one, that the brand new setup be elected in a well timed method; two, that the Aldermen not be allowed to vote as “the legislation would not enable that”.

“The individuals of Delhi gave majority to the AAP within the MCD elections however the BJP, with its soiled politics, is now permitting the administration to be out in place,” mentioned occasion spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj.

Within the multiple-tier governance setup of the nationwide capital, the BJP-led central authorities workouts key powers via the Lt Governor; the AAP’s state authorities has one other set of powers, whereas civic points are largely below the civic physique, which the AAP lately wrested from the BJP.

The submit of mayor in sees 5 single-year phrases on a rotation foundation, with the primary yr being reserved for ladies. This would be the first time in 10 years that town can have one mayor, following the merger of three divisions of the municipal physique final yr.

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