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BJP councillor Kamaljeet Sehrawat, shortly before assuming the charge of mayor, had a bit of an embarrassing moment in the SDMC House today when a civic official announced that she had forgotten to sign her attendance. However, Sehrawat wasn't the only one to be reminded of it, the list of such elected representatives not signing also included councillors from the Congress and the AAP. Sehrawat, 44, who had won the civic polls by a record margin from Dwarka -B ward, was sitting in the front row in the House, while the oath-taking ceremony was underway. Midway through the formalities, a South Delhi Municipal Corporation official, who was administering oath, read out a list of names of some of the newly-elected councillors who had not signed the attendance sheet before entering the House. The other councillors, who had forgotten to sign, also included Yasmin Kidwai (Daryaganj) of Congress, niece of former Delhi mayor and senior Congress leader Farhad Suri, who was present in the House, and a couple of them from the AAP. Greater Kailash councillor Shikha Roy, who later was chosen as the Leader of the House by the ruling BJP, had also forgotten to sign the attendance sheet. Other BJP councillors who did the same, included, Nitika (Dwarka-A) and Satya Pal Malik (Roshanpura). After the oath-taking ceremony, Sehrtawat was elected unopposed as the mayor of South Delhi as the new team of the area's civic body also took charge. The 44-year-old former vice president of Delhi BJP unit in her first address to the House asserted that the ruling party and the opposition in the SDMC must "work together" for a greener and cleaner city. She had trounced AAP's Sushma Bansal in Dwarka-B ward by a record margin of 9,866 votes, the highest in the entire polls. Kidwai, a filmmaker by profession, who took the oath in English, later told reporters, "I have to carry forward the legacy of civic service left by my uncle and grandmother.
And, I hope I would live up to the expectations of the people, who have elected me." She is the granddaughter of Tajdar Babar, a former MLA, and a veteran Congress leader, while Suri is her maternal uncle. Incidentally, she had defeated BJP's Meeta Bhambhry by a slender margin of 59 votes. In the 104-member House the BJP has 70 councillors, the AAP 16 and the Congress 12. One councillor each is from the SP and the INLD, while four had won as independent candidates.