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Arti Mehra set to be elected Delhi Mayor on Mon

Press Trust of India

Posted: Apr 22, 2007 at 1906 hrs IST

Three-time BJP corporator Arti Mehra is set to be unanimously elected as the Mayor of Municipal Corporation of Delhi when elections are held for the post during the first meeting of the new House tomorrow.

Councillor from East Delhi's Anand Vihar S S Bajwa (BJP) is also likely to be unanimously elected as the new Deputy Mayor during the meeting as no other councillor has filed nominations for these two posts.

New members of the MCD will take oath and sign the 'Golden Book' before elections to the posts of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, members of the high-powered Standing Committee, Education Committee and MCD representatives to DDA.

However, voting will be held for the six posts of Standing Committee for which eight corporators, including councilor from Rohini (South) Vijender Gupta, selected by the saffron party to head the high-profile committee.

While BJP, which defeated Congress by bagging 164 seats in the 272-member house in the April five polls, has fielded four candidates, three Congress councillors and one independent are also in the fray.

BJP has selected Prithvi Raj Sawhney, the Janakpuri councillor, who was in the race for the Standing Committee chairmanship, to head the Education Committee.

Fortyfive-year-old Mehra, a vocal leader of the saffron party in the capital who became active in politics from her student days, represents Hauz Khaz ward in South Delhi.

Mehra, who was born in Punjab's Nangal, graduated from the prestigious Miranda House here and has done a course in marketing from the United States. During her previous stints in MCD, she served as the chairperson of Health Committee.

She retained her seat during the MCD polls in 2002, when Congress swept the elections.

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