Chaos in MCD House: Chaos continued in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi House Thursday morning. Members of the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party clashed over the election to pick the six members of the apex-decision making standing committee. AAP members accused BJP councillirs of attacking the new Mayor Shelly Oberoi. Videos of the proceedings show BJP and AAP councillors engaging in a scuffle after the MCD House was adjourned for the 13th time.
Chaos ensued after AAP’s Shelly Oberoi was elected the Mayor of the MCD on Wednesday. The process to elect six members of the standing committee was marred by high-decibel sloganeering and fighting. Shelly alleged that she was “attacked” by some BJP members.
“The extent of BJP hooliganism is that they are trying to attack a woman,” she said in a statement in the night.
Saurabh Bharadwaj shares video
AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj shared a video showing the mayor being attacked. The Opposition party denied the charges. BJP members accused some AAP members of carrying cellphones and demanded to stop the voting should be stopped take a fresh mandate.
On Wednesday night, BJP and AAP members exchanged blows and hurled plastic bottles at each other in the chamber of the MCD House. BJP claimed that some of their party councillors got hit with objects flung in the air.
The incident took place around 11 pm. It happened during the time the newly-elected mayor had adjourned proceedings.
Unimaginable chaos in House
Raja Iqbal Singh, former North Delhi mayor said, “I got hit in the back with a bottle, and there were apples and other things being flung around in the air during the commotion. It was unimaginable.”
The whole incident was triggered by bitter argument between the members of the two parties over the mode of conducting the election to the six members of the Standing Committee.
“We have been asking them to hold election afresh, since mobile phone was taken to the booth area earlier by members as the mayor had allowed it. Later, when she disallowed it after we protested, we had asked for starting the process afresh, but the mayor was adamant,” BJP councillor Shikha Rai alleged.
Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal called the incident as “absolutely shocking and unacceptable”.
Standing committee elections
AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj alleged that the BJP was not allowing the standing committee elections to take place.
“We want elections (to six members of Standing Committee). Despite the Supreme Court’s order, BJP is still creating ruckus and not allowing elections to take place, but the House will continue to function until the election process is over,” he tweeted in Hindi.
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