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BJP ruckus disrupts swearing-in of MCD aldermen

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 21, 2011
First Published: 00:21 IST(21/5/2011) | Last Updated: 00:23 IST(21/5/2011)

The oath-taking ceremony of aldermen — a nominated member of MCD — will take place on May 27, after BJP councillors prevented the swearing-in on Thursday.

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BJP councillors created ruckus at MCD's House meeting on Thursday following which the oath-taking ceremony could not be held.

A delegation of BJP councillors led by leader of the House Subhash Arya met Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna and brought to his notice the matter.

Sources said the L-G asked the MCD to convene a special meeting for the swearing-in, though Arya maintained that it will be a regular one and other issues will also be discussed.

At a House meeting on Thursday, BJP members raised slogans against recent selection of 10 persons as aldermen to the MCD. The swearing-in could not be held due to the ruckus.

After the meet was adjourned, former mayor and Congress councillor Farhad Suri had held an unofficial swearing-in ceremony as a mark of protest. Leader of Opposition JK Sharma said they will complain to the Lt Governor to seek dissolution of MCD for 'disrespecting' his order appointing the aldermen.

An alderman is a member of a municipal council who is not elected by popular vote. Under the DMC Act, the Lt Governor can nominate 10 eminent persons as aldermen to the MCD following recommendation by the Delhi government.

The BJP maintained that to be nominated as aldermen, people need knowledge about administration of local bodies or expertise in some field. It alleged that the new aldermen "have neither".        

The 10 aldermen also met the Lt Governor led by Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Jai Prakash Aggarwal on Friday. "All the aldermen were supposed to take oath but the mayor, under pressure form the BJP, did not allow it. It is simply not done," said Aggarwal.


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