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Big relief to AAP from Supreme Court, nominated members of MCD cannot vote in mayoral election

Delhi Mayor Election Update: The Supreme Court has made it clear that the councilors nominated during the elections will not be able to vote in the mayor elections. Along with this, the court directed that a notification be issued within 24 hours.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has got a big relief from the Supreme Court in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s Mayor election case. The Supreme Court, while giving a big decision on the petition, said that 10 councilors (aldermen) nominated by the governor will not vote in the mayoral election. Court said- ‘We are not accepting the argument of MCD and LG that nominated councilors can vote in the first meeting. Notice should be issued within 24 hours for the first meeting for the election of Mayor. The date of mayoral election and other elections should be mentioned in the notice.

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The court gave this verdict after hearing a petition filed by AAP leader Dr. Shelly Oberoi challenging LG’s decision to allow nominated members to vote in the election of MCD Mayor and Deputy Mayor. On the delay in voting, Chief Justice DY Chandrachud said, “It doesn’t feel good that this is happening in the capital of the country”.

First mayor will be elected
The Supreme Court said that according to Article 243R of the Constitution, nominated councilors cannot vote. It is better to have an election as soon as possible. The Supreme Court said that the mayor will be elected first. After that there will be election of deputy mayor and standing council. MCD’s lawyer Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain said that aldermen can vote.

Arvind Kejriwal tweeted
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called the Supreme Court’s order a victory for democracy. Kejriwal tweeted and said, ‘SC’s order is a victory of democracy. Many thanks to the Supreme Court. Delhi will now get a mayor after two and a half months. It has been proved that how LG and BJP together are passing illegal and unconstitutional orders in Delhi.

AAP defeats BJP after 15 years in MCD elections
The civic elections were held on 4 December and the counting of votes was done on 7 December. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won the election by winning 134 wards and defeated the BJP, which was ruling the MCD for 15 years. In this election, BJP got victory in 104 wards, while Congress could win only 9 seats.

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