Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena and Arvind Kejriwal
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With the passing of the MCD elections, a new ground has been prepared for a tussle between the Lieutenant Governor and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. It can start with the nomination of a councilor in the corporation. In a departure from the existing convention, if the Lieutenant Governor decides the names of the nominated councilors on the recommendation of the Central Government, he may face attack from the Delhi government.
The demand of the BJP is also that the Lieutenant Governor should nominate 10 councilors in the MCD on the advice of the Center instead of the recommendation of the Delhi Government after coming under the Central Government. In fact, there is a provision in the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act that ten persons can be nominated by the Lieutenant Governor. Only those who are above 25 years of age and have experience in MCD administration will be eligible. Discussion of nominated members is also common in the political corridor at this time.
BJP leaders have argued that NDMC and Delhi Cantonment Board are also under the central government and the central government appoints members and others in them. Thus, now the MCD has also come under the Central Government instead of the Delhi Government and the Delhi Government no longer has the authority to recommend the nomination of councilors in the MCD. Now the central government will nominate 10 corporators.
On the other hand, sources reveal that after the Delhi government, the Aam Aadmi Party, which has now gained power in the MCD, has also started preparing to nominate 10 councilors in the MCD. She has also started preparing the list of MCD experts. It is expected that AAP’s Delhi government will soon start the process of nominating 10 councilors in MCD as it also wants to get majority in Najafgarh zone with the help of these nominated councillors. Apart from this, he intends to strengthen his position in the middle zone. Elections to Zonal Committees will be held a week after the first meeting of the House.
BJP will get benefit
State BJP has become very active in the matter of nominating 10 councilors in MCD and has started making a list of experts to nominate councilors in MCD. The BJP is trying to get the lieutenant governor to nominate councilors on the recommendation of the central government before the first meeting of the MCD House. Through these nominated corporators, it intends to get majority in MCD’s Narela, Central and Civil Line zones. Nominated councilors have the right to vote only in the elections of zonal committees and the BJP wants to take advantage of this. The BJP already has a majority in four of the 12 MCD zones. If the BJP is successful in this matter, it can capture the post of chairman of the standing committee.
Earlier also MCD was under the center
In 1997, there was a United Front government at the Center and the BJP was the main opposition party. During this, there was a BJP government in Delhi. The MCD was then under the command of the central government, but the lieutenant governor nominated councilors on the recommendation of the BJP government in Delhi. After the formation of the Congress government in Delhi in the year 1998, on the recommendation of the BJP government, it recommended to remove 10 nominated councilors and nominate a councilor of its choice, but the High Court had stayed its decision. In the year 2002, the Congress government was formed in the MCD, but due to the conflict between the state Congress and its Delhi government, councilors could not be nominated for many years, while during this period till 2004 there was a BJP government at the center. In 2012 also, the Delhi government had nominated councilors in all the three MCDs.
The head of MCD is also the Lieutenant Governor.
Acting as the representative of the Central Government, the Lieutenant Governor is also the head of the MCD along with the Government of Delhi. The figure of thirty-six between the AAP government and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is well known. Not only does the Lieutenant Governor interfere in the functioning of the Delhi Government, but he also keeps on giving orders against the Delhi Government in various matters. Now there is a possibility of seeing a clash between them in relation to MCD as well. He is already giving directions in MCD matters. For this reason, even after the formation of AAP’s government in MCD, the possibility of continuing this trend cannot be ruled out.