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Centre to introduce MCD merger bill in Parliament today, to not exceed 250 seats, here’s what Parliament is proposing and why AAP is opposing it

The current terms of the three municipal bodies will expire between May 18 and 22. The state election commission had deferred the MCD polls announcement on March 9 saying that the Centre intends to merge the three civic bodies.

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MCD merger bill in Parliament

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will introduce the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 in the parliament on Friday. The Bill seeks to merge Delhi’s three municipal corporations South Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, into one.

What Bill says?

The Bill seeks to merge the three municipal corporations of Delhi into a single entity and the number of seats in the merged MCD will not exceed 250 down from the existing 272. It also proposes the appointment of a special officer to oversee its function till the first meeting of the body is held under the reunification law.

What is the history of MCD?

Delhi’s three Municipal corporations North, East and South were known as a single entity as Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) before 2012. In 2012, the then Sheila Dixit government had decided to trifurcate the MCD.

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Delhi has five local bodies namely the Municipal Corporations of North, East and South, the Delhi Cantonment Board and the New Delhi Municipal Council.

Why AAP opposing?

Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government has slammed the BJP calling the MCD merger Bill as the BJP’s tactic to delay polls. It will not make any difference in the poll prospects, the AAP said.

The current terms of the three municipal bodies will expire between May 18 and 22. The state election commission had deferred the MCD polls announcement on March 9 saying that the Centre intends to merge the three civic bodies.

A day after the Centre’s announcement of the reunification of MCD, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had dared the BJP to conduct the MCD on time and win it. He will quit politics if so BJP wins, he said.

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MCD polls: 45 per cent cast vote in the MCD as of 4 pm

The BJP and the AAP have both professed confidence that they will win the elections, while the Congress is attempting to reclaim lost ground.

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MCD polls: 45 per cent cast vote in the MCD as of 4 pm

The State Election Commission announced on Sunday that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) overall voting percentage for all 250 wards was approximately 45 per cent as of 4 pm.

The overall voter turnout for the Delhi civic elections on Sunday was just approximately 30 per cent, which may be considered a lukewarm response to the AAP and BJP’s high-pitched campaign. This is an increase from an even worse turnout of 18 per cent up until noon and 9 per cent up until 10.30 am.

Following a dip in temperature, the voting percentage in national capital civic bodies reached 18 per cent till 12 noon.

Just about 9 per cent of eligible voters had cast ballots as of Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, said the State Election Commission. This low voter participation was a result of Delhi’s chilly winter.

Elections for civic bodies are currently taking place in the national capital under heavy security.

According to the State Election Commission, a large team of election officials and security organisations made enormous efforts to make the essential preparations for holding elections at 13,638 polling stations dispersed around Delhi.

68 model polling places have been set up with amenities including a waiting space or lounge, candy or toffee delivery to voters, a selfie station, and Civil Defence Volunteers to assist those with disabilities and senior residents.

A feeding room for nursing mothers, a creche for young children accompanying voters, swings for children, and a selfie booth are among the amenities set up in the 68 pink booths.

A feeding room for nursing mothers, a creche for young children accompanying voters, swings for children, and a selfie booth are among the amenities set up in the 68 pink booths.A feeding room for nursing mothers, a creche for young children accompanying voters, swings for children, and a selfie booth are among the amenities set up in the 68 pink booths. These steps are necessary to maintain electoral integrity and guarantee that all political parties and candidates have an equal opportunity to compete.

The BJP and the AAP have both professed confidence that they will win the elections, while the Congress is attempting to reclaim lost ground.

In the first municipal election held in the capital following the ward delineation, the BJP, which has controlled the civic body in Delhi since 2007, is hoping to continue its winning ways while the Aam Aadmi Party, which holds a majority in the Assembly, is hoping to gain ground.

After the new delimitation procedure, this is the first civic election. From 2012 until 2022, Delhi had 272 wards and three corporations—NDMC, SDMC, and EDMC—which were later reunified into an MCD, which had officially been established on May 22.

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Caught on Camera: Youth collapses while returning home with friends in Meerut, dies | Watch

This whole incident was captured in a CCTV camera installed on a house of that area.

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Caught on Camera: Youth collapses while returning home with friends in Meerut, dies | Watch

In Kidwai Nagar of Meerut city, Uttar Pradesh, a young man died while walking. Yes! as bizarre as this sound. But a youth on Saturday collapsed and dies on spot while walking with his friends. Everyone is shocked to know about this incident of death of a young boy on a colony road.

This whole incident was captured in a CCTV camera installed on a house of that area. Reportedly, a group of four friends was seen passing through the street on Saturday night at 11 o’clock. All four are talking among themselves meanwhile, a young man wearing a blue hoodie was seen sneezing with his hand over his mouth.

After a few moments, the young man tries to put his hand on his friend’s shoulder but slips and falls on the road. The young man’s friends tried to handle him but according to reports he died on the spot. His friends were also shocked by the sudden death of their young friend.

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They immediately took the young man to the hospital but the doctors declared him brought dead. Due to the death of the young man, there is chaos among the family members. At the same time, the video of this entire incident is going viral on social media.

Tweeple are shocked to discover the news and also expressed their grief toward the deceased. Social media users also expressed their concern over sudden deaths and cardiac arrests all over the country.

For the unversed, several cases have been recorded all over India in the past few months. Several cases of people dying in temples out of suffocation, while performing at events or even on stage has been recorded in the country. Tweeple were also noticed discussing the same and expressed their concern over poor heath approaches in India.

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MCD polls: Katewara villagers boycott elections because they are upset with the authorities

It is worth mentioning the MCD is the second-largest civic entity in the world after the Tokyo metropolitan region.

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Katewara villagers boycott elections because they are upset with the authorities

As the Delhi Municipal Corporation has turned to polls, the residents of North Katewara village in North West district are claiming to have boycoted the MCD elections.

They have alleged that the authorities have neglected their appeals of development.

They say that owing to the absence of proper roads, drains, the villagers have decided not to cast their votes. The authorities have ignored their grievances and so they will not vote.

It is worth mentioning the MCD is the second-largest civic entity in the world after the Tokyo metropolitan region.

More than 1.45 crore eligible voters in Delhi are exercising their right to vote in what is being viewed as a three-cornered race with the BJP, AAP, and the Congress as the key contenders. The city’s three civic bodies were reunited for the first time at the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections in 2022. Given that many services are provided by the MCD and the Delhi government overlap, such as primary education and health care, the AAP wants to establish comprehensive control over the civic body’s governance of Delhi.

Municipal elections may seem less significant than state or national elections, yet they have a much greater impact on an urban resident’s daily life. No organisation has a greater impact on the lives of Delhi residents than MCD, which also manages elementary education, collects rubbish, maintains colony roads, operates crematoriums, and registers births, deaths, and weddings.

Shanti Bala Vaidya, 106, cast her ballot in the Delhi MCD among early voters

One of the early voters in the Delhi civic council elections was 106-year-old Shanti Bala Vaidya at the Deputy Ganj voting station in the Bara Hindu Rao neighbourhood, according to PTI. Since she began voting, she has never missed an election, according to her daughter Kamla. Vaidya is mute and only understands Bengali.

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