On February 22, 2023, she became the new Mayor of Delhi. In the fourth attempt to conduct the election, Ms. Oberoi received 150 votes, while BJP candidate Rekha Gupta received 116 votes.

“All of our councilors will officially begin their work tomorrow. Following her selection to the position, Ms. Oberoi stated, “The city’s landfills will also be inspected tomorrow itself.”


When asked by The Hindu how she intends to address the MCD’s legacy issues, Ms. Oberoi replied, “Although my term as a Mayor will be short [one month], I am going to give my best to address the issues.”

Praveen Shakar Kapoor, a spokesperson for the Delhi BJP, offered Ms. Oberoi his congratulations on her election and added, ” It is unfortunate that the woman Mayor will serve only 38 days; therefore, all parties should unite to elect a woman Mayor for a full year in April 2023.

Presiding Officer Satya Sharma’s tenure will end when Ms. Oberoi is elected. The Mayor will conduct the elections for the positions of Deputy Mayor and six members of the MCD’s standing committee, as well as oversee the remainder of the meeting of the day.

Shelly Oberoi, a councilor for the East Patel Nagar ward, was chosen for the position by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), while Rekha Gupta, a councilor for the Shalimar Bagh-B ward, was chosen by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

BJP members – Meenakshi Lekhi and Hans Raj Hans, were among the first to vote. There will be elections for Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and six standing committee members.

Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, Harsh Vardhan, Gautam Gambhir, Ramesh Bidhuri, and Manoj Tiwari, all members of the BJP, as well as AAP members Sanjay Singh, N D Gupta, and Sushil Kumar Gupta, used their voting rights. Durgesh Pathak and Atishi, both MLAs for the AAP, also cast votes.

On February 18, Lieutenant-Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena approved the recommendation of the AAP government to hold the Delhi mayoral elections on February 22.

At around 11.30 a.m., the Municipal House began a half-hour late. Pro-tem presiding officer Satya Sharma appeals for order in the House Prior to voting began: “I appeal to all to maintain order in the House, as we are representative of the people.”

During the mayoral election in Delhi, authorities increased security both inside the Municipal House and on the premises of the Civic Centre. In the House’s chamber, a number of civil defense personnel, including female members, have been deployed.

The Supreme Court issued an order on February 17 mandating the publication of a notice within 24 hours for the MCD’s first meeting to set the election of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and standing committee members.

After hearing a plea from Shelly Oberoi, the ruling AAP’s mayoral candidate, who requested an earlier election, the court issued the order.

Following a row between AAP and BJP members, the 250-member MCD House’s inaugural meeting on January 6 was postponed. Two subsequent meetings on January 24 and February 6 were also postponed without electing the Mayor and Deputy Mayor due to AAP councilor’s loud protests about the decision made by the presiding officer to swear in the ten aldermen first.

Since then, both parties have placed blame on one another for the numerous adjournments. The AAP, which has 134 councillors and controls the majority of the 250-member House, has alleged that the saffron party is attempting to steal its mandate by granting voting rights to the members who have been nominated. The BJP came in second place with 104 victories.


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