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Efforts to delay MCD 2017 Elections

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Many anomalies in the draft report of the
delimitation of the MCD wards—Ajay Maken

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Congress to hold demonstration outside the
office of the Delhi Election Commission on July 25, Monday, demanding
rectification of the anomalies in the draft report on the delimitation process.

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Historical places like Hazrat Nizamuddin
left out of the draft report in the demarcation of wards—Ajay Maken.

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Some forces are trying to derail the
delimitation process to postpone the MCD elections in 2017—Ajay Maken.

 

NEW DELHI, July 20—Delhi Pradesh Congress
Committee president Shri Ajay Maken said some forces are deliberately trying to
create anomalies  in the delimitation
process of the MCD wards so that someone can file a PIL in the court and delay
the MCD elections, due in 2017.

 

Addressing a press conference at the DPCC office,
Rajiv Bhawan, here today, Shri Maken said the draft report on the delimitation
process prepared by the Delhi Election Commission was full of flaws, in gross
violation of the notification of the Lt. Governor, dated 18th
September, 2015, which stated that “whereas boundary of a ward in a Corporation
should be carved within the boundary of the Assembly constituency and
shall  not cross it”. Others present at
the press conference were leaders of the Opposition in the three MCDs, Smt.
Varyam Kaur, Shri Farhat Suri and Shri Mukesh Goel, and senior leder Shri
Chattar Singh.

 Shri Maken said
in 60 out of the 68 Assembly constituencies, the boundaries have been crossed.
For example, in the Mehrauli Assembly constituency in South Delhi,   Katwaria Sarai, which is part of Mehrauli,
has been shifted to the Malviya Nagar Assembly constituency; similarly Kirki
Extension, which is part of the Greater Kailash Assembly constituency, has been
shifted to Malviya Nagar; In the North MCD, Jehangirpuri of the Badli Assembly
constituency, which is part of the North West Parliamentary constituency, has
been divided in to the Burari Assembly constituency (which is in the North East
Parliamentary constituency) and Adarsh Nagar Assembly constituency (which is in
the Chandni Chowk Parliamentary constituency); Village Wazirabad and Sangam
Vihar of the Timarpur Assembly constituency have also been shifted to Burari;
Village Baprola; Village Bakkarwala and Village Ranhola of Vikaspuri Assembly
constituency in West Delhi, have been shifted to the Mundka Assembly
constituency, which is in the North West Parliamentary constituency. Shri Maken
said the draft report has also left out some historical places like Hazrat
Nizamuddin in the determination of the new 
wards. In some places, wards have been made in the name of booths.

 

Shri Maken said 
bye-elections to the 13 MCD wards were held only after the Delhi
Congress
strongly took up the issue, and now there were also move to delay
elections to the 21 Assemblyconstituencies if the 21 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs are
disqualified on the office of profit issue.

 

Shri Ajay Maken said the DPCC will hold a
demonstration outside the office of the State Election Commission on Monday,
July 25, 2016 at 4 p.m
demanding the rectification of the anomalies in the
draft report on the MCD delimitation. He said this time the delimitation was
being carried out by a one-man commission rather arbitrarily without any
consultations while the last delimitation committee, constituted in July 5,
2006
consisted of multiple members—the State Election Commissioner as chairman
of the committee, and additional commissioner of the MCD and a joint secretary
of the Delhi Government, Urban Development Department, as members. Besides,
five MLAs and five Municipal Councillors were also appointed as “Associate
Members” to assist the above-said committee in its task. Shri Maken sought the
constitution of a similar kind of committee for the delimitation of the MCD
wards, and the Congress would come up with concrete suggestions for the
committee, so that the delimitation process is carried out in a proper manner.

 

Shri Maken said according to the Delhi Municipal
Corporation Act, 1957 regarding Delimitation of Ward, it has been stated that
“for the purpose of election of Councillors (the area of the Corporation) shall
be divided into single-member wards in such a manner that the population of
each of the wards, so far as practicable, be the same throughout the area of
the Corporation”. But in the present delimitation exercise, the population is
more than average in 40 wards while the population is less than average in 14
wards.

 

 

BSP leader from Mustafabad  Neeru Choudhary, who contested the last
Assembly elections, and independent Councillor from West Karawal Nagar
Dharmendra Singh join the Congress party before DPCC president Shri Ajay Maken.

 

DPCC president
Shri Ajay Maken today welcomed to the Congress party Smt. Neeru Choudhary, who
contested the last Assembly elections on a BSP ticket  from Mustafabad and Independent Municipal Councillor
from the West Karawal Nagar Shri Dharmendra Singh, at a function at the DPCC
office, Rajiv Bhawan, here today. Shri Maken said he was very confident that
they would work for strengthening the Congress party and propagating in the
programmes and policies of the party. Former Congress MLA from Mustafabad Shri
Hassan Ahmed was also present on the occasion.

 

DPCC president Shri Ajay Maken seeks probe monitored
by a sitting High Court judge  into the
suicide of AAP worker.

 

DPCC president
Shri Ajay Maken sought a probe, monitored by a sitting Delhi High Court judge,
into the suicide of an Aam Aadmi Party worker Soni from Narela. He said someone
would commit suicide only when someone finds himself at a dead-end, and the
suicide of the AAP worker was one such. He said the Congress party was not
trying to politicize the issue, was only seeking an impartial probe into the
suicide of the AAP worker, so that the truth comes out. He said whoever
responsible for the AAP worker’s death should be brought to book, and the issue
should not be sidetracked in the guise of “political victimization”.

 

The Chief
Reporter,

………………………New
Delhi. 

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