AAP’s Shelly Oberoi elected as Delhi Mayor as BJP’s Shikha Rai withdraws nomination

  • Delhi Mayoral election: Both BJP's candidates for mayor and deputy mayor post withdrew their nominations before the mayoral poll
  • BJP candidate Shikha Rai and Soni Pal were initially contesting against AAP's Shelly Oberoi and Aaley Mohammad Iqbal

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Updated26 Apr 2023, 01:04 PM IST
Shelly Oberoi wins Delhi Mayoral election
Shelly Oberoi wins Delhi Mayoral election(PTI)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s candidate Shelly Oberoi was unanimously elected as mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Wednesday after BJP candidate Shikha Rai withdrew her nomination. 

AAP's Aaley Mohammad Iqbal also got another term as deputy mayor after BJP candidate Soni Pal withdrew her nomination.

Shelly has become the mayor of Delhi for the second time.  Oberoi was elected mayor of Delhi in February this year after much wrangling between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party. Shelly Oberoi had defeated  had defeated BJP’s Rekha Gupta by a margin of 34 votes. Oberoi polled 150 votes, while Gupta received 116 of the total 266 votes polled.

The elections for the Delhi Mayor and Deputy Mayor in Delhi were scheduled for today. However, the BJP candidates' withdrawal led the AAP candidates to unanimously win the posts for the second consecutive term.

The post of mayor in the national capital sees five single-year terms on a rotational basis with the first year reserved for women, the second for the open category, the third for the reserved category and the remaining two again for the open category. Delhi gets a new mayor after the end of a financial year.

According to the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act, 1957, the mayor and the deputy mayor are to be elected in the very first session of the House after the civic polls. However, due to tensions between the BJP and AAP party, several attempts were failed in electing city's mayor. Shelly Oberoi had become Mayor in February after the 4th attempt.

The civic polls held on December 4 last year were the first after the three corporations were unified into the MCD and a fresh delimitation exercise was carried out, reducing the number of wards from 272 in 2012 to 250.

The AAP had emerged victorious in the high-stakes polls.

The unification of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (104 wards), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (104 wards) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (64 wards) happened last year, with a notification issued to that effect in May.

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First Published:26 Apr 2023, 01:04 PM IST
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