New Delhi: The Delhi state election commission (SEC), which was expected to declare the dates for elections to the three civic bodies, deferred the announcement of the scheduled at the last minute, citing a communication from the central government about plans to merge the three municipal corporations.
The poll announcement has been postponed because the poll panel received a communication from the Centre stating that it has plans to unify the three municipal corporations, state election commissioner SK Srivastava told a Press conference on Wednesday evening.
“We have received a communication from the Centre after which we decided to postpone the announcement of the poll schedule. We will take legal opinion on the matter,” said Srivastava.
However, he did not share a copy of the communication from the Centre.
Meanwhile, the central government hasn’t commented on the plan to merge the three municipal corporations created in 2012 after trifurcating the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
Back then, MCD was the country’s largest civic body in terms of geographical area, and the second biggest in Asia after Tokyo.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the effort to defer the municipal elections reflected that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP has conceded defeat. “People of Delhi are very angry. They are saying the BJP doesn’t dare hold elections and now, they will ensure deposits of BJP candidates are forfeited,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.
भाजपा भाग गयी। MCD चुनाव टाल दिया, हार मान ली
दिल्ली वाले खूब ग़ुस्सा हैं। कह रहे हैं इनकी हिम्मत कि चुनाव ना करायें? अब इनकी ज़मानत ज़ब्त करायेंगे
हमारे सर्वे में अभी 272 में से 250 सीट आ रहीं थीं। अब 260 से ज़्यादा आएँगी
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पर चुनाव आयोग को भाजपा के दबाव में नहीं आना चाहिए था
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 9, 2022
The chief minister, who is also the conveyor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), also claimed that the party’s internal survey had indicated it would win 250 out of 272 seats. “Now we will get more than 260 seats,” he said, nudging the state election commission not to come under pressure of the BJP.