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Delhi mayor elections: AAP’s Shelly Oberoi vs BJP’s Rekha Gupta

Two-hundred-and-fifty councillors, 7 Lok Sabha MPs of Delhi, 3 Rajya Sabha members, 14 MLAs of the Legislative Assembly will vote in the Mayor election



Arvind kejriwal: Delhi mayor elections

The election for the mayor, deputy mayor and six members of the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will be held on Friday, for which voting will be held at the Civic Centre from 11 am.

Shelly Oberoi and Aaley Mohammed Iqbal are in the fray for the post of mayor from Aam Aadmi Party. On the other hand, BJP’s Rekha Gupta and Kamal Bagdi are trying their luck for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor posts respectively.

The Congress has decided to keep itself out of the mayoral and deputy mayor elections. In such a situation, there is a direct contest between the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party. The Aam Aadmi Party has the majority figure in MCD, on the basis of which it can win the mayor and deputy mayor elections too. However, the BJP has made the election interesting by fielding its candidate, but how will it gather the numbers to appoint a mayor, this has to be seen.

In the election for the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Delhi, the councillors can vote for the candidate of any party as per their wish and no action can be taken against them for voting for the candidate of other party. In such a situation there is also a possibility of cross voting. It is believed that considering all these equations, BJP has entered the election despite not having the majority figure.

MCD equation

For the first time after the Municipal Corporation unification, 134 councillors of Aam Aadmi Party have been elected in the elections held in 250 wards while only 104 councillors of BJP have won. At the same time, the Congress party won only 9 seats and independents won three seats.

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Two-hundred-and-fifty councillors, 7 Lok Sabha MPs of Delhi, 3 Rajya Sabha members, 14 MLAs of the Legislative Assembly will vote for the Mayor election in Delhi MCD. In this way, a total of 274 members can vote, according to which 137 votes are needed to win the mayor’s seat. Aam Aadmi Party has complete numbers game for majority whereas the BJP seems to be far behind in numbers game.

A total of 274 members take part in the voting in the Mayor election of MCD, the candidate who gets the majority will be declared the Mayor of Delhi. However, the presiding officer allows the candidates to withdraw their names even before the polling at the time of the mayoral election, so whether there will be an election for the post of mayor or not, it will be decided at the very last moment. After the election of mayor, the election of deputy mayor and permanent members will also be held.

Ever since the MCD polls were held, the BJP has been making claims of winning the mayoral elections in Delhi. Despite not having the majority figure in the MCD, political speculations are being made because of the way the BJP has fielded its candidates. The mayor is elected through a secret ballot and councillors are free to vote for any candidate, as the anti-defection law does not apply.

In such a situation, if BJP is successful in gaining confidence of some councillors of Aam Aadmi Party, then the political game will be completely overturned. In such a situation, it has to be seen whether the lotus will blossom or if the Aam Aadmi Party will succeed in making its mayor for the first time?

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Hemant Soren meets PM Modi in Delhi, first meeting after release from jail

He secured bail and became chief minister again on July 4.



Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in Delhi. This was his first meeting with the Prime Minister after he was released from jail where he spent around five months.

Taking to X, Jharkhand Chief Minister said that the meeting was a courtesy call. Notably, he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 31 this year in connection with a money laundering case related to an alleged land scam.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) executive president had spent around five months in prison, he secured bail and became chief minister again on July 4.

On July 3, JMM leader and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Soren stepped out of the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi Friday following the grant of bail by the Jharkhand High Court.

A single-judge bench of Justice Rongon Mukhopadhyay, while granting bail, noted that the Court’s findings satisfy the condition that there exist reasons to believe that Soren is not guilty of the PMLA offence he has been accused of.

Following Soren’s bail on July 3, the outgoing Chief Minister Champai Soren had said that the party alliance decided to elect Hemant Babu (Hemant Soren) as leader, after which he resigned from his post. Champai Soren tendered his resignation to Governor C P Radhakrishnan and soon after Hemant Soren staked a claim to form the government. Soren along with alliance party leaders met the Governor after he reached Ranchi on July 3 evening from outside. Hemant Soren took oath as the 13th Chief Minister of the State on July 4 again.

Meanwhile, earlier today, BJP leader Deepak Prakash claimed that Hemant Soren’s government of 4.5 years has been one that wreaks havoc on the public, one that takes away employment from the youth. Hemant Soren’s government is a synonym for corruption. The government has been involved in a mining scam, a tender scam and one that has brought jungle raj in the state, he added.  

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NDA numbers drop below Rajya Sabha majority mark, can impact passage of bills



With the completion of the term of four Rajya Sabha MPs, the BJP’s number fell by the same number.

Since the current strength of the Upper House is 225, the BJP’s numbers now stood at 86 and the National Democratic Alliance led by it has 101 members, which is less than the majority mark of 113.

The members whose term ended on Saturday are Rakesh Sinha, Ram Shakal, Mahesh Jethmalani and Sonal Mansingh. They had been chosen by President Droupadi Murmu on the advice of the BJP as non-aligned members and later joined the party cohort.

The Congress-led INDIA bloc has 87 members, the Congress with 26, Trinamool Congress 13, AAP 10, DMK 10. The remaining members are from parties that are not in either camps.

What this means is that the BJP will need the help of other unaligned parties to get bills passed. These range from Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK and the YSRCP and the Biju Janata Dal. Both the governments of the YSRCP and the BJD were voted out in the recent assembly elections.  While the BJD has earlier lent issue based support, it has announced it will not return similar favours now, especially after the BJP won the assembly election.

The AIADMK had split from the NDA ahead late last year in anticipation of the Lok Sabha elections. It had claimed its continuance in the NDA would hurt its Lok Sabha prospects from the state.

Similarly, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi of K Chandrashekhar Rao also can help the BJP. With so much dependent on parties that have bene sidelined in recent polls, the BJP has a bigger job of coralling the numbers in the Upper House than running the NDA coalition, which is purring along since the election victory.

Some 20 seats are vacant in the House and elections to these will fill the total number of Rajya Sabha seats.

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Rahul Gandhi spotted in Delhi pizzeria in viral video while PM Modi, others attend Anant Ambani-Radhika Merchant wedding

Lalu Prasad Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also attended the wedding.



Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi, was spotted at pizzeria restaurant in Delhi, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other politicians were attending Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s wedding in Mumbai.

The undated viral video has been shared widely on social media platforms with a claim that the Congress leader did not attend the high-profile wedding of Ambani in the dream city, instead chose to spend time at a Delhi restaurant.

Sharing the video on X, formerly Twitter, wrote that while all the political leaders attended the Ambani family wedding, Rahul Gandhi was at a restaurant ordering pizza.

Visuals shared online show that the Raebareli MP, wearing a light blue t-shirt, sitting across from someone and engaging in a lively chat.

PM Modi attended the “Shubh Aashirwad” ceremony of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Mumbai on Saturday night at the Jio World Convention Centre.

The Ambani family welcomed the Prime Minister and escorted him to the stage. Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant took blessings from the PM.

Before that, the Prime Minister was in Mumbai to lay the foundation stone for multiple projects related to roads, railways, and ports, worth more than Rs 29,400 crore.

Among the prominent leaders who attended the Ambani family wedding ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday were Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar.

From the INDIA bloc Samajwadi Party Chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, along with his family, was spotted at the ceremony.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also attended the wedding on Friday.

The BJP leader, Smriti Irani, who recently lost her Amethi seat in the Lok Sabha election, was spotted along with her husband, also attending the wedding ceremony.

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