Finally, AAP’s Shelly Oberoi is elected mayor

After a long wrangle, the Aam Admi Party (AAP), finally managed (in its fourth attempt) to foist its own mayor atop the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

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After a long wrangle, the Aam Admi Party (AAP), finally managed (in its fourth attempt) to foist its own mayor atop the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). On February 22 AAP’s Shelly Oberoi ended with 150 votes beating the BJP candidate who got 116.

The voting happened amid 250 elected councillors, seven Lok Sabha and three Rajya Sabha MPs from Delhi and 14 MLAs. Nine Congress councillors abstained.

On February 17 the Supreme Court ruled out the possibility of aldermen (nominated members) participating in the voting process. This issue had created a fresh tussle between the AAP and the BJP following the MCD election result.

AAP won the December poll battle by securing 134 of 250 wards, bringing an end to BJP’s 15 years of rule over the civic body and was expected to appoint its mayor but could not do so after a row erupted over the order of oath ceremony and allowing the members appointed by LG VK Saxena to vote which led to clashes.