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Delhi Mayor elections: Supreme Court to hear Aam Aadmi Party plea on February 3

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up the petition seeking time-bound elections to the post of Delhi Mayor on February 3. 

Senior Advocate A.M. Singhvi mentioned the matter before a Bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Dipankar Datta, which listed the same for hearing on Wednesday.

Dr. Shelly Oberoi, AAP’s candidate for the civic body’s top post, along with Leader of the House in MCD, Mukesh Goyal, had moved the top court of the country on Thursday. 

The petition urge the Apex Court’s intervention to complete the process of Delhi MCD polls, alleging that BJP-led Central government was not keen to conduct the elections.

The MCD Mayor polls have been adjourned twice this month.

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. 

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

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

The plea by AAP further 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.

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