AAP’s mayoral candidate Shelly Oberoi won the elections and became the first mayor of the unified MCD following three failed attempts and never seen before ruckus in the house.
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday informed that the party will retain its Mayor and Deputy Mayor candidate as the tenure of the newly approved Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) house ends this month.
AAP’s mayoral candidate Shelly Oberoi won the mayoral elections and became the first mayor of the unified MCD following three failed attempts and never seen before ruckus in the house.
A senior AAP leader on the condition of anonymity said that the party will retain its mayoral candidate, Shelly Oberoi and deputy mayoral candidate, Aaley Mohammad Iqbal in the upcoming elections.
“Our candidate would have served the people of the national capital for two months if the BJP hasn’t conspired against it and let the elections take place peacefully on the decided date – January 6,” he said.
According to the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act, 1957, a woman candidate will be appointed as mayor in the first year, a general candidate in the second year, candidates from a scheduled caste in the third year, and a general candidate for the fourth and fifth years.
“As far as the elections of the standing committee is concerned, there is little clarity as the matter is in the court. But the mayoral polls will have to take place again. For this, the corporation will send a proposal to the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) and the Delhi Government for fixing the date of the elections,” AAP leader said.
Mayoral, Deputy Mayoral and other post elections will take place in mid-April, while the 10 aldermen appointed by the LG will remain the same for the next five years.
A senior BJP leader said, “Officially, nothing has been decided yet. But the party will not repeat the candidates for the post. Besides, the party will select a strong candidate for post of the mayor of the reunified corporation.”
The civic polls were held on December 4, and the mayoral polls were to be held on January 6, then January 24, and eventually on February 3. The attempts failed each time following protests from both parties over the voting rights of Aldermen appointed by L-G.