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Delhi Mayor elections: AAP moves Supreme Court seeking time-bound polls

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking time-bound elections for the post of Mayor in Delhi.

The petition was filed by Dr. Shelly Oberoi, AAP’s candidate for the civic body’s top post, and Leader of the House in MCD, Mukesh Goyal. 

It sought directions from the Apex Court not to allow the 10 nominated Councillors to vote, stating that Aldermen did not have the right to exercise their franchise under Article 243R of the Constitution and Section 3 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957.

Bhardwaj requested the Apex Court to complete this process as soon as possible, claiming that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government would not let them complete the same.

On January 24, elections to the post of Delhi Mayor were postponed due to a ruckus between Councillors of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Presiding Officer Satya Sharma, appointed by Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena, had adjourned the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) House sine die on Tuesday, stating that the proceedings could not be conducted amid sloganeering from both AAP and BJP Councillors. 

Earlier on January 6, the Mayoral elections were postponed following clashes between AAP and BJP councillors. 

AAP National Spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) indulged in hooliganism to halt the MCD proceedings.

He said that Mukesh Goel and Oberoi approached the top court for directions to ensure that Mayoral elections were conducted in a time-bound manner.

The Apex Court was likely to take up the petition tomorrow, added the AAP leader.

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