In the first political exercise for the forthcoming MCD elections in the city, top Congress leaders of Delhi, including Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, her cabinet colleagues and office bearers of the party would meet senior AICC leaders at the party headquarters on Wednesday.
The five-year term of the MCD House ends on March 31. Elections have to be conducted in the last week of March so that a new House can have its first sitting on or before April 1, next year.
Congress leaders refused to comment on the deliberations and the items on agenda in the Wednesday meeting. Party sources, however said that while the organisation wants to hold the elections to be held on time, there is a section in the government which wants to postpone the elections for fear of a possible defeat in the wake of the sealing and demolition drive in the city. "Holding the election on time would be the main item of discussion," a DPCC office-bearer pointed out.
Interestingly, attempts to postpone the elections have already begun. A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the delimitation process of the MCD. The petition has pointed out the anomalies in delimitation and wants to start a fresh process.
In addition, sources in the government revealed that the Law Department has requisitioned the file of MCD delimitation, pending with the Lt Governor for approval.
"If the Law department finds some objections in the delimitation proposal, it can take its own time to fine tune it and then send it afresh to the LG," a senior government official, on condition of anonymity, told HT.
According to the MCD Act, 1957, elections can be postponed for the civic body by a time not exceeding six months. The final call would be that of the AICC on whether elections would be held on time or delayed by at least six months.