Raja Iqbal Singh, a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor from GTB Nagar, is expected to become the mayor of North Delhi, despite his party’s break with the BJP over the three agricultural laws. In all three civic bodies — North, East, and South — the BJP is in charge.
The BJP and SAD fought the 2017 municipal elections together, with the BJP winning 179 seats and the SAD winning five. The SAD withdrew from the National Democratic Alliance last year in protest of the Centre’s new agriculture laws. Thereafter, the party agreed to give up all posts it had jointly held with the BJP in any entity, including Delhi’s municipal corporations. However, Singh, who was the chairperson of the Civil Lines Zone at the time, retained his position and was nominated as the mayor of North Delhi on Tuesday.
“No action was taken against him at the time since the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections were in progress and the model code was being enforced,” SAD Delhi unit head Harmeet Singh Kalka claimed. And now there’s no use in acting because he’s already stated his intentions.” “The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is playing a game. Other SAD leaders, such as Paramjeet Singh Rana have been poached as well,” he claimed.
Meanwhile, Adesh Gupta, the head of the Delhi BJP, named Mukesh Suryan and Shyam Sunder Aggarwal as mayors of the South and East Delhi corporations, respectively, on Tuesday. They are likely to win without opposition. Gupta also revealed the names of the deputy mayors for North Delhi, South Delhi, and East Delhi Municipal Corporation: Archana Dilip Singh for North Delhi, Pawan Sharma for South Delhi, and Kiran Vaidh for East Delhi Municipal Corporation.