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Delhi MCD polls: Many senior municipal councillors lose seats post delimitation of wards, rejig of seats reserved for SC, women

Municipal elections in Delhi are scheduled to be held in April. After the delimitation of civic wards, and the notification of new reserved seats, several councillors may not be able to contest from the same seat.

delhi Updated: Mar 06, 2017 16:08 IST
Vibha Sharma
MCD polls
People queue up to cast their votes in the Delhi municipal bypolls at Khichripur in east Delhi in May 2016. The AAP won five seats in the bypoll.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

Several prominent BJP and Congress leaders will not be able to contest the upcoming MCD polls in Delhi from their existing wards because they have either been reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) category or a woman contestant after delimitation, upstaging their plans to contest the polls from their home turf.

The new reservation plan has caused a change in wards of political bigwigs such as former Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhaya, former deputy mayor of unified MCD Farhad Suri, and standing committee chairman of south Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Shailender Singh. Former north Delhi mayor Ravinder Gupta’s Karol Bagh ward has also been changed from general to SC.

The State Election Commission has released the list of all 272 wards of three municipal corporations including the names of wards set aside for reserved category. As per the Municipal Act, 46 wards have been declared for SC candidates, on the basis of their population, while 136 have been kept for women contestants. According to the 2011 census date, the city has around 17% SC population.

Read: MCD elections: Councillors fear losing voters after delimitation of municipal wards

Women category reservation is based on a formula devised by the commission to ensure 50% representation in each corporation. Every ward having odd number is fixed for a woman contestant.

Upadhyay was councillor from Malviya Nagar ward, which is now reserved for a woman. Suri’s Nizamuddin and Singh’s Safdargunj Enclave seats have also been reserved for women candidates.

In North Corporation, senior BJP leaders like Ravinder Gupta and Yogendra Chandolia, both former mayors, will also need to look for new wards as their seats also fall in reserved category. Chandolia was councillor from Dev Nagar ward which has been changed into SC (Woman) category. Gupta represents Karol Bagh, which has been set aside for a SC contestant.

Varyam Kaur’s ward in Raguburpura has become a general seat. Earlier, it was reserved for women. Kaur is the leader of opposition in East Corporation.

The development has evoked mixed reaction.

Abhishek Dutt, councillor from Andrews Ganj ward of SDMC, expressed his satisfaction over the development. “There are some prominent leaders who lost their seats but we welcome the decision of State Election commission (SEC). The commission must have adopted a formula as per the law,” he said. Andrews Ganj has been retained under general category.

Read: Election commission begins preparation for MCD polls in Delhi

All four wards of Sultanpur Majra and Gokulpuri assembly seats are reserved for Schedule Caste category. Three out of four wards of Mangolpuri and Trilokpuri constituencies have been kept for SCs, while one ward is for women.

In Karol Bagh area, two wards have been set aside for SC and one for a woman candidate. Tughlaqabad now has three wards — two for SC and one for women.

Subhash Arya, leader of house, South Corporation said, “We are happy that the election commission has considered our demand for deciding on reservation of wards. We suggested reservation on basis on maximum schedule caste population criteria. It will help to implement schemes for the welfare of the community.”

Elections in numbers

Total Number of wards 272

South Delhi Municipal Corporation

Total 104; SC (SC-Women) 15; Women 45

North Delhi Municipal Corporation

Total104 ; SC (SC-Women) ; 20 Women 42

East Delhi Municipal Corporation

Total 64; SC (SC-Women) 11; Women 27

WARDS IN SPOTLIGHT

North Delhi Municipal Corporation

Karol Bagh ward (SC) is now reserved for SC. Ravinder Gupta, former mayor has won this seat as general candidate in 2012.

Yogendra Chandolia, former standing committee chairman, has decided not contest the election this time as his ward –Dev Nagar—has been reserved for SC (women) category. Previously it was only for SC category.

Senior Congress councilor Satbir Sharma’s Kishan Ganj was has been reserved for woman .

Pahar Ganj ward was under general category after new plan it is for woman. BJP’s Virender Babbar is incumbent councillor from here

Leader of opposition in North Municipal Corporation Mukesh Goel is elected from Dhirpur ward which has been retained as general this time too.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation

Former deputy mayor of unified MCD Farhad Suri is sitting councilor from Nizamuddin. The boundary of his ward has been changed post delimitation and the name of his ward also been changed as Daryaganj. It is reserved for woman as per the new reservation scheme.

Seat of Satish Upadhyay former president, Delhi BJP (Malviya Nagar) has been reserved for woman.

Shailendra Singh standing committee chairman and councillor from Safdarjung Enclave reserved for woman

Seat of Congress Indu councillor (Sriniwaspuri) has become general ward, it was a woman category ward.

Greater Kailash ward has been reserved for women. KC Taneja of BJP is present councilor from here.

East Delhi Municipal Corporation

leader of opposition Varyam Kaur’s seat (Ragubarpura), has been made to general from women.

Ram Narayan Dubey seat (Dilshad Colony) is reserved for woman.

Maujpur seat is represented by the Leader of House Sanjay Jain, has been converted into woman.

Vivek Vihar ward now falls in general category. Independent councillor Preeti has won the seat which was reserved for woman candidate.