The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president, Ajay Maken, has written a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to hold elections to 13 vacant seats in the three municipal corporations soon as in the absence of elected councillors, these wards remain neglected.
In his letter, Maken drew attention to "Section 12 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957 which mandates that any such vacancy to the office of a Municipal Councillor shall be filled at the ‘earliest’".
In the letter on 25 February 2015, he had written, "The Delhi State Election Commission vide letter dated 25-2-2015, accompanied by an action plan, has already urged your government to immediately conduct by-elections in the respective areas and as per the proposal, the elections were to be concluded in the month of April, 2015, itself. However, no action has been taken by the Delhi government".
"AAP is shying away from holding by-elections to the 13 MCD seats fearing defeat, as the AAP government has not been able to fulfill the tall promises made to the people before the Delhi Assembly elections, and they may not be able to repeat the assembly election results," said Maken.
He further warned that the Congress party would hold week-long candle-light march and "Thali-Peet" demonstrations in all the 13 wards, to protest against price rise, and seeking the immediate conduct of the by-elections.
Maken said on 24 February, 2015, S S Gill, Secretary of the State Election Commission, had written to the Delhi Government that "this Commission has planned to process the election work in the month of March, 2015 and ending with polling in the third week of April.
For conducting elections to 13 wards and meet the expenditure approximately Rs 21 crore is required for smooth completion of the election process". Attacking Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, Maken also said the corporation by-elections could have been conducted during the Lt. Governor’s rule too, but neither the LG nor the AAP government had taken any steps to hold these pending elections.