Delhi set to get its new mayor on January 24; AAP to square off against BJP
After a bumpy ride that stalled the proceedings on January 6, Delhi is all set to get a new mayor on January 24.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on January 23 said that the newly elected councillors of the party are ready to participate in the Delhi mayoral election with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) agenda list so that the process could go smoothly.
On January 6, the house of the municipal corporation witnessed a ruckus and clashes between the councillors of the AAP and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Both parties allege that several of their councillors got injured. Though neither of the parties made any police complaints. Both parties also accused each other of not following the constitutional process during the election.
The Delhi LG later announced the new date for the elections as January 24.
AAP leader and party’s MCD in-charge, Durgesh Pathak, said that his party councillors will follow the MCD’s agenda list.
“AAP completely agrees with MCD’s agenda list, but we request that BJP also abide by it too. Tomorrow, on January 24, all our councillors will participate in the House in line with the agenda list,” Pathak said.
According to the agenda list, first, the councillors will be sworn in, then the aldermen, and after that the mayor, the deputy mayor and finally the six members of the standing committee will be elected.
“Today MCD has also accepted that the Aam Aadmi Party was absolutely right, it has finally issued the agenda list by accepting our demands,” Pathak said.
“We have been saying from day one that we have no objection if elections are held on the basis of the Constitution and DMC Act. Request BJP to cooperate fully in the election process by following the Constitution of India,” he added.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi will again convene its house tomorrow, January 24, to elect its mayor, deputy mayor, and the standing committee. Tomorrow, the 250 elected municipal councillors will also take their oaths.
In this matter, the MCD has issued an agenda list today. It has been issued by the senior officials of MCD, including the Secretary and Commissioner, who are well aware of the Indian Constitution and have read all relevant Acts therein.
Responding to the agenda, Pathak said, “The Aam Aadmi Party completely agrees with this agenda list. Since day one, we have been saying that we have no objection to the conduct of elections and convening of the MCD house based on what the Indian Constitution and the DMC Act lay out.”
“Today the MCD has also agreed that the Aam Aadmi Party was right in their demands and the agenda reflects the same and we are in agreement with this agenda,” he added.
“All our elected councillors will attend and participate in MCD’s session tomorrow accordingly and we will together get to work realising the collective dream of the people for a world-class, clean Delhi,” he said.
Putting the onus on the BJP, Pathak said, “We humbly request the BJP to also accept, respect and fully cooperate with this agenda list and to follow the Constitution of India completely.”