Taking the confrontation in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) House over the six-member standing committee election to cyberspace, the BJP and the AAP resorted to a poster war on social media.
As BJP shot off a “Khalnayika” jibe at AAP, the latter countered with a “Ballot Chor” jeer. “BJP people who are making so much noise are the killers of democracy and ballot chors (thieves),” read the tweet of AAP, roughly translated from Hindi.
AAP also shared a post on social media, similar to a film’s poster, sarcastically attacking the BJP, saying, “Ballot Chor Machaye Shor.” The poster has pictures of BJP MPs Manoj Tiwari and Gautam Gambhir and other leaders.
This comes after the BJP took a “Khalnayika” jibe at AAP by sharing a satirical post on social media.
“AAP’s ‘khalnayika’ (villain) who caused violence and showed dictatorship in the House,” read the tweet from BJP Delhi, roughly translated from Hindi.
BJP Delhi shared a sarcastic post similar to a film’s poster, which read: “AAP Films presents “Khal Nayika” by Arvind Kejriwal—the surprising drama of 2023.”
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Saturday, in a special hearing, stayed the re-election of the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, which was scheduled to be held on February 27, 2023.
The Bench of Justice Gaurang Kant, while staying the re-election of Standing Committee members, also issued notice to all respondents, including newly elected Delhi Mayor Shelly Oberoi.
Delhi’s mayor on Friday announced to hold fresh elections on February 27 at 11 a.m. after chaos at MCD House.
The MCD House fell into chaos on Friday as BJP and AAP members resorted to punches, jostling, and raining blows at each other over the results of the election to the six-member standing committee.
The unruly scenes erupted after Mayor Shelly Oberoi declared one vote invalid.
Following a commotion in the House that prevented the MCD from electing a six-member standing committee, AAP Councillor and Mayor Shelly Oberoi claimed on Friday that BJP Councillors dragged and shoved her chair.
Mayor Oberoi reached the Kamla Market police station to register an FIR against BJP councillors after the MCD House witnessed yet another stormy session. She requested that police officials provide her protection.
Oberoi said standing committee elections were held as per BJP demands. “Still, they created a ruckus and came up on stage to attack me.” I thank female Civil Defense personnel for saving me. BJP members physically assaulted AAP female members. “BJP accepts your defeat,” she said.
It was the third day of commotion in the house.
“As soon as the voting was taking place, the BJP councillors clearly sensed that they were losing.” That is why they stormed the session. As soon as I was about to announce the result, the BJP councillors, especially Arjun Marwah, Chandan Chaudhary, and Ravi Negi, came to the stage. Chaudhary dragged my chair and pushed me. “I ran for my life,” Shelly said.
She also alleged that the BJP “deliberately” created a ruckus for over 2.5 months to stall the MCD meeting and run the House unconstitutionally.
“During the standing committee election, the BJP always caused a commotion.” That is why I am here today to register a police complaint. “I have requested that the SHO file an FIR against the BJP councillors, especially those three, and provide me with protection,” she added.
Shelly Oberoi declared that the election of members of the MCD Standing Committee will now be held on February 27. The House was adjourned until February 27.
BJP members also reached the Kamla Market police station to file an FIR against the AAP. They alleged an “attempt of murder on AAP’s female councilor.”
BJP Councillor Meenakshi Sharma later filed a police complaint at Kamla Market Police Station against AAP Councillors for “causing grievous harm and injury and committing criminal assault with women Councillors of BJP intending to outrage the modesty and giving threat of life with criminal conspiracy”
Meenakshi Sharma said someone from AAP hit her with a sharp object. “They also touched my neck.” It was done by a male councilor. They haven’t allowed a single house to survive. I do not know if she is Delhi’s mayor or the AAP’s. “She acts on orders by Kejriwal and their masters,” she said.
In the unprecedented fight in the House and resulting commotion, AAP Councillor Ashok Kumar Maanu collapsed. He later recovered and joined the party’s protest. Both the BJP and AAP blamed each other for the violence.
According to AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj, the AAP received 138 votes in a poll of six members of the Delhi MCD Standing Committee, while the BJP received fewer.
“AAP has 134 councillors; one joined the BJP. “Since Congress councillors are not here, it means there are some BJP councillors who voted for AAP,” he said.
Harish Khurana, a Delhi BJP leader, accused the AAP of using violence and not abiding by the rules.
“Election officers declare the election and say that votes declared invalid by the mayor are valid.” Three candidates from each of the AAP and BJP have won. But AAP engages in hooliganism here as instructed by Kejriwal. “We will not tolerate this goondaism and approach the court,” he said.
AAP leaders attacked the BJP over the ruckus. “They are so shameless that they even attacked women and the mayor.” “BJP goons did this.”
AAP leader Atishi alleged that the BJP showed goondaism in the Civic Center.
“The standing committee election was going on. When counting started, the BJP realized they were losing, and they created a ruckus. “The mayor was attacked and physically assaulted by the BJP male member,” she said.
“What behavior is this?” This is shameful and condemnable. The country is seeing this. The BJP should accept their defeat. I request the BJP to stop their goondaism. “Those who have attacked the mayor will be sent behind bars,” Atishi added.
BJP leader Vijender Gupta said election results are being tampered with, wrong announcements are being made, and they are indulging in fistfights.
Gupta said six members were supposed to have been elected to the Standing Committee.
“Three members each from the AAP and BJP were elected. One AAP member lost. All this was done to make him win, and the results were tampered with. “We demand a CBI inquiry; such people should be arrested, and action should be taken,” he said.
Former Delhi Mayor Aarti Mehra said the mayor has no right to decide the result.
She can only announce it. We will go to court and take legal action against her. I can show a video where Atishi is seen giving directions to create a ruckus. Strong action will be taken. “We will fight against these goons,” she said.
A video shared by the Delhi BJP showed Atishi in conversation with an AAP councillor moments before the councillor was seen entering into a violent scuffle.