Nomination for the post of mayor and deputy mayor took a dramatic turn on Wednesday when five Akali Dal councillors in MCD resigned with complaints that they were not consulted before BJP nominated Mukherjee Nagar councillor Rajni Abbi for mayor.
The members of Akali Dal, which is in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party, decided to resign so as to force the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to hold bye-elections.
The MCD has five councillors from Akali Dal and one of them, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, said that they were not even told about the decision.
“We may be a very small group but it does not mean that we deserve no respect. Despite being in alliance with us, BJP never consulted us. This was the final insult and so we have resigned,” Sirsa said.
Dissident councillor Narain Singh from BJP, the ruling party, also filed his nomination papers, although his party had already presented Abbi as their candidate. Savita Sharma from Congress, the opposition, also filed her papers for the post of mayor.
For the post of deputy mayor, Anil Kumar Sharma of BJP and N Raja of Congress filed their papers.