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Government sets May 22 for unification of Delhi’s three civic bodies


The government has fixed May 22 for the formal unification of Delhi’s three civic bodies.

North MCD workers sanitise a locality in Model Town, Delhi. (File photo)

The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notification on Wednesday announcing May 22 as the appointed date for the unification of Delhi’s three civic bodies. According to the notification, the Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act, 2022 will come into effect from May 22.

The legislation was approved by Lok Sabha on March 30 and by Rajya Sabha on April 5. President Ram Nath Kovind had given his assent on April 18.

The three existing civic bodies – the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation will become one under the bill.

According to the legislation, the unification of the municipal corporations in Delhi will ensure synergised and strategic planning and optimal utilisation of resources.

Earlier, Delhi’s chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal had challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to win the upcoming Delhi civic body polls due this year. “If you [BJP] have the courage, conduct MCD elections on time and win [the civic polls]. If we lose, we will leave politics,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah while introducing the bill in Parliament, said the BJP has no fear of losing the civic elections and is ready to contest the polls soon after delimitation. “Since 2014, we have fought many elections. We are not scared of losing and we don’t become arrogant when we win,” said Amit Shah.

(With inputs from PTI)

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