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Delhi mayor election: MCD Civic Centre turns into battleground; what triggered ugly clashes | WATCH

Delhi mayor election: MCD session began on an unruly note as AAP and BJP councillors created ugly scenes engaging in manhandling and standing on tables.

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 New Delhi Updated on: January 06, 2023 16:02 IST
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Delhi mayor election: MCD Civic Center on Friday witnessed an ugly scene when AAP and BJP councillors clashed over the appointment of 10 aldermen by Delhi Lt Governor VK Saxena as the first meeting of the newly elected Municipal Corporation of Delhi House began on Friday.

The meeting began with BJP councillor Satya Sharma being administered the oath as presiding officer for the elections to the posts of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) mayor and deputy mayor.

What triggered the ugly ruckus

After Sharma invited alderman Manoj Kumar to take his oath, AAP MLAs and councillors began to protest. Many also rushed to the well of the House, shouting slogans.


The BJP councillors retaliated by raising slogans against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal as AAP members returned fire by sloganeering against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

The AAP has alleged that Saxena has appointed BJP leaders who were not experts in civic issues as aldermen. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a letter to Saxena on Thursday, also registered his protest on the issue.

The MCD House comprises 250 elected councillors. The BJP's seven Lok Sabha MPs from Delhi and the AAP's three Rajya Sabha MPs and 14 MLAs nominated by the Delhi Assembly Speaker will also participate in the elections to the posts of mayor and deputy mayor. Six members of the standing committee will also be elected. 

The Congress, which has nine councillors, has decided not to take part in the voting.

Heavy deployment of police was in place at the Civic Centre building, the MCD headquarters, where the meeting is underway.

"BJP is doing hooliganism. Swearing-in of the nominated councillors was being held first. A ruckus broke out when we objected to it and asked that the swearing-in of elected councillors should be held first. They (BJP) threw a moment," AAP councillor Praveen Kumar said.

"All the ruckus is started by AAP leaders. This is because they are unaware of the rules. When they are in majority, why are they afraid? AAP MPs do the same in Rajya Sabha as well. They should allow voting," BJP MP Meenakashi Lekhi said.

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