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Questions raised over Kher attending MC House meeting

The city MP is an ex-officio member of the Municipal Corporation house.

As the newly elected MP from city, Kirron Kher is all set to make her debut address in the meeting of the general house of the Municipal Corporation on May 30, but questions of propriety are being raised.

The city MP is an ex-officio member of the Municipal Corporation house. However, a section of the Congress maintain that since the MPs have not taken the oath of membership of the Lok Sabha, Kher cannot yet attend the proceedings of the house. A Congress councillor said that the rules should be checked. “The councillors start attending proceedings only after they take oath in the house. Similar is the case with MPs. The oath-taking of MPs will take place in the coming days. There is a need for clarity on whether the newly elected MP should be allowed to take part in the proceedings of the MC house when she has not taken oath,” he said.

There are 36 members in the MC house of whom 26 are elected, nine nominated and the MP is the ex-officio member. All of them have voting rights. Satya Pal Jain, chairman of the National Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee of the BJP, however, said,  “Once elected, the MP automatically becomes a member of the Municipal Corporation house. Kirron Kher can attend the proceedings of the house.”

Municipal Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta said that the Municipal Act was silent on the matter, but ‘since Kirron Kher has been elected the MP, she can attend Municipal Corporation house meetings.’

Meanwhile, the BJP has sent a request that the seat of the MP should be changed. Former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal used to sit with the Congress members. The BJP wants that the MP should now be given a seat with the BJP-SAD councillors.