NDMC to meet without members from govt

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may not attend the first meeting of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) scheduled to be held on Friday. This is because the Home Ministry has not notified the new council members yet, despite the civic body having written to the Delhi government on December 12.

"We have not received a notification from the Home Ministry. In the absence of such a notification, the council meeting will have to go ahead without the new political members," NDMC chairperson Jalaj Srivastava said.

After the election results were announced, the NDMC had written to the government on December 12 regarding notification for appointment of the new members. According to protocol, the Delhi government wrote to the Home ministry, which notifies the new appointments.

According to protocol, elected members from the New Delhi and Delhi Cantonment Assembly constituencies, and Member of Parliament from the New Delhi parliamentary constituency become members of the council.

In the absence of such a notification, NDMC officials said the council would go ahead with the scheduled meeting. "If we do not receive a notification till Thursday evening, we will still go ahead with the council meeting. And whenever the notification is received, we will call an emergency meeting with the new members on a 24-hour notice," Srivastava said.

Kejriwal defeated Sheila Dikshit in the Delhi Assembly elections on New Delhi seat with a margin of over 25,000 votes. AAP leader Surendra Singh defeated BJP's Karan Singh Tanwar in Delhi Cantonment. New Delhi MP Ajay Maken, from Congress, continues to be a member.

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