Last Update: February 13, 2023, 16:49 IST
The Supreme Court on Monday heard Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Shaili Oberoi’s plea challenging Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena’s decision to nominate the mayor and deputy mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) as members. Voting was allowed in the mayoral election.
Giving a big statement on the decision of Delhi LG, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud observed that the constitutional provision clearly states that nominated members cannot vote.
“Nominated members should not vote and that is very well settled.”, CJI Chandrachud told Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, who was representing Delhi Lt. Gen. Jain, along with senior advocate Maninder Singh, however, said the issue was debatable.
Due to paucity of time, the SC decided to adjourn the hearing till Friday (February 17). ASG Jain also agreed to postpone the election scheduled for February 16 to a date after February 17.
according to a live law In the report, senior advocate Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the petitioner, said that Article 243R of the Constitution makes it very clear.
The MCD House meeting would have been called for the fourth time on February 16 after the body elections to be held in December. The previous three meetings had been adjourned amid uproar and uproar over the decision to grant voting rights to aldermen.
The postponement of three such meetings triggered a war of words between the AAP and the BJP in Delhi. Both the parties protested outside each other’s respective offices in the national capital.
The AAP alleged a “well-planned conspiracy” by the BJP to stall the process and said the mayoral election could not take place because the BJP was “throwing democracy and the Constitution of India”. The BJP, on the other hand, accused the Arvind Kejriwal-led party of making excuses to stall the process and held it responsible for the impasse.
After the MCD elections in December, the House convened for the first time on January 6, but was adjourned following a heated exchange of words between BJP and AAP members. The second meeting was briefly adjourned after the swearing-in ceremony on 24 January, before being adjourned to the next date by the pro tem presiding officer.
The house was adjourned for a third time on 6 February without electing a mayor, after an uproar over the decision to allow aldermen to vote in the mayoral election.
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