Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed on Thursday that a phone call was made from the Prime Minister’s Office to the State Election Commissioner asking him to postpone the municipal corporation voting here.
“It will not happen anywhere in the world that a PM gets an election postponement by constantly calling and sending letters to the election commission. The BJP does not want elections. BJP leaders break all records of seizures in the MCD,” Mr Kejriwal demanded in the Assembly Delhi.
The chief minister’s statement came after the Delhi SEC earlier this month postponed the announcement of election schedules for civic bodies after it received communications from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, saying the Center planned to bring the Bill in the Parliamentary Budget session to consolidate the three Delhi municipal corporations.
The Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave its assent to the Bill to merge the three municipal corporations in Delhi.
A bill on the unification of civic bodies in Delhi is likely to be tabled in the ongoing Parliamentary Budget session.
The AAP national conference also sought to find out why the BJP did not reunite the three municipal corporations in the past seven years.
“Have you (BJP) slept for seven years? The State Election Commission (SEC) was scheduled to declare the MCD election date on March 9 at 5pm, but a phone call from the PMO was made to the commissioner and a letter was sent just an hour before the announcement to cancel voting, “he claimed.
Speaking in the House, the chief minister claimed that the BJP hated Babasaheb Ambedkar because he gave the Constitution and democracy.
He dared the BJP to fight the MCD election on time and win.
“The largest party in the world (BJP) is feared by the smallest party in the world (AAP),” Mr Kejriwal said.
According to sources, there may be a reorganization of wards in Delhi that may delay the elections.
The source said the number of municipal wards in Delhi is likely to be limited to around 250. There are currently 272 municipal wards in the city.
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