Delhi MCD Election: Mayor Shelly Oberoi adjourns proceedings of house till 10 am tomorrow after ruckus

Delhi MCD Election: Mayor Shelly Oberoi adjourns proceedings of house till 10 am tomorrow after ruckus

This is the fifth adjournment of the MCD House since Wednesday. With the intense sloganeering and mayhem, the House experienced multiple disturbances

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Thursday, February 23, 2023, 10:10 AM IST
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Delhi Mayor Shelly Oberoi adjourned the proceedings of the MCD house till 10 a.m. tomorrow following a ruckus inside the MCD house over the election of a member of the standing committee. Earlier in the day, the proceedings of the MCD house were adjourned for an hour amid sloganeering in the house on Thursday.

With the intense sloganeering and mayhem, the House experienced multiple disturbances. According to the pictures, things got so hectic that councilors started tossing voting boxes into the well. Some were observed pushing one another, and others were spotted fighting.

AAP leader Naresh Balyan also tweeted the video of ruckus in the house and claimed that the BJP workers can be seen running away with the ballot box.

"In this video, breaking the mayor's seat, breaking the mike and running away with the ballot box, the woman who barged in is BJP's mayoral candidate Rekha Gupta. Can't tolerate defeat. Today the country is ashamed to see their antics. @narendramodi How have you kept the goons in the corporation?" Balyan tweeted.

BJP alleges AAP clicked pics during ballots

The turmoil occurred during the election for the members of the standing committee when the BJP reported that during the secret voting, the councillors were clicking images of the ballots through their mobiles, which is a violation of the secret ballot. Thereafter, the BJP demanded that the votes cast be invalidated and fresh elections be conducted.

While the house was adjourned, AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj hit out at the BJP and said, "BJP councillors are trying to postpone the standing committee polls. Supreme Court had clearly said that all elections should happen in the first sitting. So, we want the elections today only, whether it happens at night or in the morning." He added saying, "BJP deliberately wants to conduct the whole election of standing committee again. In this way, the process will never end. The MCD Secretary has also said that they only have 245 ballots, and we can't conduct the whole election again." Hitting back at the AAP, BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla called it an "Anarchist Acrimonious Party".

"AAP = Anarchist Acrimonious Party. Fearing defeat and cross-voting; you engineer every attempt to sabotage and steamroll rules and laws! Then play the victim card! If this is how affairs will be conducted on Day 1 by the Mayor people of Delhi better brace themselves," he said on Twitter.

Shelly Oberoi, the mayor of Delhi, said earlier during the altercation that BJP council members had attempted to harm her during the Standing Committee elections.

Taking on Twitter, Shelly Oberoi alleged, "BJP Councillors just tried to attack me while I was conducting the Standing Committee elections, as per Supreme Court orders! This is the extent of BJP's Gundagardi that they are trying to attack a woman Mayor." Earlier in the day, Shelly Oberoi was elected as the new mayor of Delhi after having secured 150 votes on Wednesday.

"I assure you all that I will run this House in a constitutional manner. I expect you all will maintain the dignity of the House and cooperate in its smooth functioning," Delhi Mayor Shelly Oberoi said as soon as she was elected as the mayor earlier in the day.

Shelly Oberoi Delhi's Mayor

The Aam Aadmi Party won the majority, making Shelly Oberoi, their nominee, the new mayor of Delhi. Shelly Oberoi won the contest.

About Delhi MCD polls

With 134 wards won and the BJP's 15-year hegemony in the local body coming to an end, the AAP was declared the election's undisputed victor. The Congress gained nine seats in the 250-member municipal House, while the BJP won 104 wards to come in second place.

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