Congress ex-MLA joins BJP, ex-minister Walia threatens to quit

MCD elections 2017 Manoj Tiwari-led Delhi BJP announces election committee for civic polls

There are a total of 272 wards in the three municipal corporations in the city, including 104 each in South and North Delhi municipal corporations and 64 in the East Delhi municipal corporation.

The lists of 100 candidates released today included names of 34 candidates in NDMC, 40 in SDMC, and 26 in East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).

Former Member Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Congress from Delhi Amrish Singh Gautam said on Monday he quit the Congress to save his self-respect.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday hit back at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his attacking stance directed on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) tampering issue, saying the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo was trying to mislead the people by making such baseless allegation.

Ahead of the crucial MCD polls, AAP MLA Ved Prakash (second from right) joined the BJP in the presence of Manoj Tiwari and Vijender Gupta at the Delhi unit office.

The nominations can be filed till Monday (April 3) evening. If they think they don't need us, they should tell us. "The Punjab and Goa results are for all to see", senior Delhi Congress leader and former speaker of Delhi Assembly Subhash Chopra told IANS.

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Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Ajay Maken had said that "winnability" and the opinion of party workers had shaped the selection process. We need to respect senior leaders.

When asked what he would do if his grievances are not addressed, he simply said, 'I will sit at home and work and will look for other ways to serve Delhi'.

Lamenting over the allegations made by Walia, Upadhyay further said that the former is one of the stalwarts of the party, adding that the allegations must be serious which made him to quit the party.

To another question that party vice president Rahul Gandhi valued its old leaders, he said, "We do not deal with corporation elections at this forum and all such questions may be directed to Delhi Congress".

Yusuf said: "I will also raise my concerns with the party high command".

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