AAP’s Shelly Oberoi becomes Delhi mayor

NEW DELHI : After three Delhi civic House meetings and AAP-BJP tussle, the national capital finally has new mayor. Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Ms Shelly Oberoi was elected as the new mayor of Delhi on Wednesday after  over two hours of voting for Delhi’s mayoral election. A total of 10 nominated MPs, 14 nominated MLAs and 241 elected Councilors out of 250 voted.
Aam Aadmi Party candidate Shelly Oberoi has been 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.
AAP’s Shelly Oberoi defeated BJP’s Rekha Gupta by a margin of 34 votes to become the mayor of Delhi. Oberoi polled 150 votes while Gupta received 116 votes out of the total 266 votes polled.
The voting was held at the Civic Centre. Delhi got the mayor in the fourth attempt since the earlier elections were stalled amid ruckus over voting rights being given to nominated members. The electoral college for the election of mayor comprises the 250 elected councilors, seven Lok Sabha and three Rajya Sabha MPs from Delhi and 14 MLAs. The Delhi Assembly Speaker has nominated 13 AAP and one BJP member to the House. The total number of votes in the mayoral polls are 274. The numbers game favours the AAP, which has 150 votes against the BJP’s 113.
AAP had emerged as a clear winner in the December 4 polls, bagging 134 wards and ending the BJP’s 15-year rule in the civic body. The BJP won 104 wards to finish second, while the Congress won nine seats in the 250-member municipal House.
The Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, took to Twitter to congratulate Aaley Iqbal on being elected as the Deputy Mayor of Delhi. He referred to this event as a Victory for the people of Delhi after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won both the positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor Aaley Md Iqbal was elected as the Deputy Mayor with 147 votes, while Kamal Bagri from BJP received 116 votes, out of a total of 265 votes cast, with 2 votes being declared invalid
Both the BJP and AAP members had held each other responsible for the derailment of the proceedings. The municipal House in Delhi then convened again on February 6 as the city hoped to get a mayor.  It, however, failed to elect a mayor for the third time in a row following ruckus over the decision to allow aldermen to vote, even as the AAP had alleged a “planned conspiracy” by the BJP to stall the process and said it would move the Supreme Court to seek a “court-monitored” election. The petitioner, Oberoi, had moved the apex court on February 7.
Shelly Oberoi, the newly elected Mayor of Delhi, has announced that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, which is led by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), will inspect landfill sites within the next three months.
Shelly Oberoi said she would be working to fulfil the 10 promises  Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made to the people of the national capital.“We will work on the ten promises Arvind Kejriwal made to the people of Delhi. We’ll also inspect the mountain of garbage. Though our councillors had begun their work even before they took an oath, the municipal work of Delhi will now be done officially,” said the newly elected MCD mayor.

She stated that they must work together to fulfill the desires of the people, after defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Rekha Gupta by 34 votes in the mayoral elections, which were delayed and faced multiple failed attempts. Following her victory, Oberoi briefly spoke with the media in her office before returning to the House to oversee the election of the deputy mayor of Delhi.
(Bureau Report with Media Inputs).


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