AAP, BJP protest over MCD row

The political tug-of-war between the AAP and the BJP over the third adjournment of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) House spilled onto the streets Tuesday. The election for the positions of mayor and deputy mayor, among other positions, was once again halted, and both parties organized protests outside of each other’s offices.

Following the BJP’s protest, more people gathered close to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house to demand the government pay for the city’s priests.

“During the mayor’s election AAP has resorted to hooliganism and their goons are doing the work of subverting constitutional norms inside the house,” Delhi BJP working president Virendra Sachdeva alleged.

Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, the leader of the opposition in the Delhi Assembly, claimed that at the CM’s command, his party’s councilors caused the commotion as soon as they entered the House.

“Even the BJP’s women councilors were beaten up and abused. Kejriwal’s habit of misleading the people of Delhi has become old and now the public has understood what detours Kejriwal is taking to destroy Delhi,” Bidhuri alleged.

Meanwhile, the AAP gheraoed the BJP headquarters accusing it of “constant obstructions“ in the internal MCD elections and demanded that these be held immediately “under a free and fair system” without BJP leaders trying to “manipulate it.”

“BJP’s MCD presiding officer must be tried for contempt of court; the officer willfully lied in the house by claiming to have a High Court order regarding voting in the elections,” AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said.

AAP MLA and MCD in-charge Durgesh Pathak said the AAP had a higher vote count than BJP, which is why the BJP was ”trying to avoid” the election.
Bhardwaj added that the AAP had shared with the Supreme Court details of how the BJP’s central government had tried to form its own government within the MCD “through unfair means and hooliganism” terming the party’s conduct “illegal and unconstitutional”.
“We have all of the video evidence from yesterday, in which it can be seen how the BJP councilors began making a ruckus in the house, engaging in hooliganism, and raising slogans, while AAP councilors sat quietly,” Bharadwaj said.


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