The election to three municipal corporations of Delhi will be held on April 22. The poll panel has started sending requisitions to various departments of Central and state governments including civic bodies to spare their employees for the same. The BJP has 163 councillors in the three civic bodies, namely North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC). These bodies constitute 272 seats, with NDMC and SDMC accounting for 104 seats each, while 64 seats fall under EDMC. The counting of votes will take place on April 25, 2017.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to the Election Commission not to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and rather conduct the polling through ballot system. This comes following allegations from few politicians that the EVMs could be tampered with.
In a bid to “infuse fresh blood” into the upcoming municipal polls, the Delhi BJP has decided to drop all its sitting councillors from the list of candidates. The announcement was made by the party’s Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari in a press conference here today.
After the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results on March 11, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of tampering with the EVMs and demanded a fresh poll through ballot papers.
The move comes close on the heels of Mayawati questioning the “reliability” of electronic voting machines (EVMs). She had alleged that they were tampered with in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, where her party suffered a debacle.
Earlier, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken also requested Kejriwal to opt for ballot papers and shun EVMs in the corporation polls. “Many are doubting EVMs-Not prejudiced-nor casting aspersions on results; I want @ArvindKejriwal to hold MCD elections through Ballot Papers,” he had tweeted.
(With inputs from Agencies)