Continuing its stronghold on the Municipal Corporations of Delhi, the BJP won the positions of mayor and deputy mayor in the South and East municipalities on Wednesday, while it is set to win in the North, unopposed on Thursday.
Shyam Sharma of BJP was elected as mayor of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). Defeating Praveen Rana of the Congress by a margin of 25 votes, Janakpuri councillor Sharma secured 62 votes out of total 99 valid votes polled.
In the east, BJP’s Satya Sharma became the second woman mayor of the EDMC in its current term. A New Usmanpur councillor, she received 41 votes defeating Taj Mohammed of the Congress who received 18 votes. A total of 60 votes were polled of which one was invalid. Five members were absent from the meeting. Member of Parliament Mahesh Girri was present to cast his vote, however, MPs Manoj Tiwari and Janardan Dwivedi could not attend the meeting.
In the South, all five MPs nominated to the SDMC — Parvesh Verma, Ramesh Bidhuri, Meenakshi Lekhi and Maheish Girri were present in the house to vote for BJP’s Shyam Sharma, while Congress MP in the Rajya Sabha, Parvez Hashmi was also present to cast his vote for Rana.
Shashi Prabha of the BJP was elected as deputy mayor of SDMC and Raj Kumar Dhillon was elected to the same position in the east with comfortable margins. In the North, the Congress has not nominated any candidate for the mayor’s or deputy mayor’s position and BJP’s Sanjeev Nayyar is set to be elected unopposed on Thursday.