New Delhi: Amid the fight between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party over the election of a new mayor for Delhi which stalled the mayoral elections, AAP is now trying to seek support from the Congress councillors.
As per the AAP sources, now the party is attempting to get in contact with nine Congress councillors who won the elections earlier and is trying to get their support. Seven out of the nine Congress councillors come from minorities, so the party hopes that the Congress councillors can assist them to win against the BJP.
As the Congress party has declared a walkout from the voting process, AAP still sees the Congress’s decision to walk out as indirect support to the BJP. Regardless of having a majority in the house, the AAP could not win the mayoral elections.
Voting is also to be held for the election of six Standing Committees along with the Mayor, Deputy Mayor in Delhi. AAP expects to win almost 3 out of 6 seats in the Standing Committee while BJP is expecting to win 2 seats. Both parties are trying to win the remaining one seat.
The AAP is almost sure that they will win the seat of mayor and deputy mayor, the party sources said. Now amid all this, the party sources said that they are trying to get the support of the Congress councillors.
However, on behalf of the Congress, Delhi PCC President Anil Chaudhary has clearly said that the Congress party is firm on its decision to walk out. Councillors from both parties clashed and then took to protests with sloganeering against each other ahead of the Delhi Mayor polls.
Marshals had to make their presence felt as several councillors were injured in the process. BJP has claimed that its councillors Inder Kaur, Anita Deoli, and Kamaljeet Sherawat sustained injuries during the protest while AAP took to social media to list its injured.
“There was a fatal attack on our councillor in the MCD House. BJP councillors involved in the attack,” AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj said.
A huge ruckus was witnessed at the Civic Centre, before the commencement of voting for the Delhi mayor elections, over the swearing-in of nominated councillors. High drama ensued in the house for over an hour as Delhi was all set to elect its first single mayor in 10 years after the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was unified last year.
A loud commotion was heard in the MCD House as the presiding officer invited Alderman Manoj Kumar to take oath first. The presiding officer, MCD commissioner, and other officials left the House following the ruckus.
Aam Aadmi Party, which won the MCD polls, with 134 seats has fielded two candidates – Shelly Oberoi along with Ashu Thakur. While Rekha Gupta, a three-term councillor from Shalimar Bagh, is the BJP’s nominee for the mayor poll.