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MCD Standing Committee election will be held on February 27, says Delhi Mayor Shelly Oberoi amid sloganeering at the Civic Centre House. Proceedings have been adjourned till then.

The counting of votes for electing six members to a key body of the Delhi municipality was interrupted today after the BJP objected to one vote being made invalid. The Mayor insisted the result will be declared without the invalid vote. The BJP said it will go to the court if the Mayor declares the result. Soon, the house fell into chaos - councillors from both sides punched, kicked, slapped and pushed one another amid shouting. Some councillors were seen with their kurtas torn. One of them also collapsed. Earlier, members of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP climbed on tables and shouted slogans against each other in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) house.

Meghalaya will soon host a G20 meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday. "People from many developed nations will visit Meghalaya which will embolden the state's image," the PM said during an election rally in Tura, Meghalaya, the ANI reported.

Over 85 per cent of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's 250 elected councillors cast their votes on Friday as a fresh poll is being conducted to elect six members of the civic body's standing committee. Polling began around 11.15 am and nearly 220 councillors had cast their votes by 2 pm.

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on Friday stayed the insolvency proceedings against media major Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit poll-bound Meghalaya on Friday and will take part in a roadshow in Shillong. Security has been beefed up in Shillong in view of PM Modi's visit.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday called upon G20 nations to resolutely address the challenges, like threats to financial stability and debt distress that confront the global economy.

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Election of MCD standing committee members will be held on Feb 27: Delhi Mayor Shelly Oberoi

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Ruckus in the House after Delhi mayor Shelly Oberoi said an invalid vote cannot be called valid

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Punches, hair pulling at Delhi civic body amid AAP vs BJP over key poll

A fight broke out between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and BJP councillors inside the house of Delhi's civic body after the Mayor declared one vote invalid in the election to six members of a key municipal committee. After the Mayor's action, the BJP interrupted the counting of votes. The Mayor, however, insisted the result will be declared without the invalid vote. Soon, the house fell into chaos - councillors from both sides punched, kicked, slapped and pushed one another amid shouting. Some councillors were seen with their kurtas torn. One of them also collapsed.
Earlier, members of the ruling AAP and the BJP climbed on tables and shouted slogans against each other in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) house. BJP members said they will not allow a recount. "One side is ready for recounting, while the other side is not. That is why I'm not recounting. The result is being declared without the invalid vote," said Shelly Oberoi, the AAP leader who was elected Mayor earlier this week after over a two-month delay.
At least 242 of the 250 councillors in the AAP-run civic body voted to select six members to the MCD's standing committee, a powerful body that decides how funds are to be used and on what projects. After she declared one vote invalid, Ms Oberoi came under the firing line of angry BJP councillors, who shouted "you are not in your senses" at her.
Some BJP councillors shouted "Jai Shri Ram" and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Their rivals from the AAP shot back, "Aam Aadmi Party zindabad, Arvind Kejriwal zindabad." Seven candidates are contesting the standing committee election. The AAP nominated Aamil Malik, Raminder Kaur, Mohini Jeenwal and Sarika Chaudhary). The BJP has fielded Kamaljeet Sehrawat and Pankaj Luthra. Independent councillor Gajender Singh Daral, who joined the BJP, is also a candidate.
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Modi lauds Yediyurappa's 'farewell' speech saying it reflected party's ethics

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First Published: Feb 24 2023 | 8:19 AM IST

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