In a big win for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its candidate Shelly Oberoi won the mayoral election for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), while the party's Aaley Mohammad Iqbal was elected as deputy mayor on Wednesday, 22 February.
First-time councillor Shelly Oberoi defeated BJP's Rekha Gupta by 34 votes to be elected as Delhi’s new mayor.
Oberoi got 150 votes while Gupta received 116 votes out of the total 266 votes polled.
AAP's Iqbal got 147 votes in Deputy Mayor elections, while BJP's Kamal Bagri received 116 votes.
While addressing the MCD house for the first time after her election, Oberoi thanked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena, and the people of Delhi.
"My thanks are due also to the Supreme Court, because of whose order the mayor election was held today peacefully," Oberoi said.
"I assure you all that I will run this House in a constitutional manner. I expect you all will maintain the dignity of the House and cooperate in its smooth functioning," she added.
Many AAP leaders, including CM Kejriwal and Deputy CM Sisodia congratulated Oberoi for her victory.
"The goons have lost, the public won. Today in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the people of Delhi won and hooliganism was defeated," Kejriwal tweeted.