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North civic body comes to life,Meera Aggarwal is mayor

The councillors of North Municipal Corporation,one of the three civic agencies that the MCD has been spilt into,took oath on Monday.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi |
May 1, 2012 2:40:19 am

The councillors of North Municipal Corporation,one of the three civic agencies that the MCD has been spilt into,took oath on Monday. As the councillors swore to remain true to the public that elected them and fulfill their duties in all fairness,the political verbal duel between opposing parties continued in the backdrop.

The Congress members came for the ceremony armed with placards and shouted slogans against “corrupt BJP”,in line with the political colour as the North Corporation came to life.

The war of words,at a point,forced Presiding Officer Rajni Abbi to intervene. “I can disqualify you if you do not take the words back and take the oath afresh,” she warned,as Congress councillor from Alipur made comments against BJP leader Bangaru Laxman.

First-time women councillors remained confident during the oath-taking. “I was not hesitant as I never hesitated in speaking my mind even at home. My husband was a councillor,but I always had my opinions on issues like development work in my area,” said Jagroshni,councillor from Begumpur.

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Mamta Napal from Shalimar Bagh-South said,“It was a special feeling being authorised to take forward the welfare work. It’s a different feeling.”

With the beginning of election of Standing Committee members the verbal war between councillors came to an end.

And the development concerns for the North finally brought peace to the ceremony. Given a chance to speak,Leader of Opposition Mukesh Goyal reiterated the need to strengthen the medical facilities and education sector in the area. Supporting his views,the newly elected Mayor Meera Aggarwal said cooperation is required to make the corporation financially viable and strong.

“North has the most number of the medical facilities and schools that are in need of an upgrade,” said Aggarwal.

BJP member Azad Singh,brother of former Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma,was elected the deputy mayor of the corporation.

Of the seven members nominated for the Standing Committee,Satya Pal Singh of BSP withdrew,leaving the remaining six to be elected without opposition.

Congress candidate and Leader of Opposition Mukesh Goyal and his party colleague Prithvi Raj Rathore were elected to the Committee. From BJP,Yogendra Chandolia,V P Pandey,Surinder Kaur and Hoor Bano were elected unanimously.

Mahendra Nagpal is Leader of House of North Corporation.

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