The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s national president Amit Shah will address the newly elected councillors of the party in the three municipal corporations in Delhi on Tuesday. The meeting will take place at North and South Municipal Corporations’ headquarters at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre.
Apart from these 181 councillors, invitations have also been sent to party candidates, who lost in the recent municipal elections and the assembly polls in 2015, former councillors and MLAs, state office bearers, district in-charges, and party leaders from outside Delhi, who were appointed to supervise municipal elections.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, state affairs in-charge Shyam Jaju, secretary organization Siddharthan and other leaders will also be present at the occasion.
A senior party functionary said Shah will give them a pep talk and guide the new members of the corporations to perform better than the last term.
“Around 1,300 party leaders and workers, including elected members of three municipal corporations and four MLAs, will be present. It is to acknowledge diligent efforts made by them that ensured party’s success in municipal elections. Our workers were of the view that Shah had ‘inaugurated’ the municipal elections process by addressing booth level workers’ meet at Ramlila Maidan. So, he should also culminate it. Hence, the event has been planned,” Rajesh Bhatia, general secretary, Delhi BJP said.
A party insider said after the meeting with elected councillors, ‘eligible’ candidates for the coveted posts in three civic bodies such as mayor, deputy mayor, and chairman standing committee will also be picked for which elections are likely to be held in next week.
A senior official of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation said it may take at least two weeks to organise elections for the mayoral and other posts. “A notification pertaining to the election has already been issued. The matter is with the Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal. As and when his office takes a decision, dates for the election process will be fixed. It may take some time,” said Yogendra Singh Mann, Director, Press and Information, North Delhi Corporation.