Chaos continued in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi House on Thursday morning as the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party members clashed with each other during the election for the six members of the Standing Committee.

The poll to elect members of the Standing Committee holds importance as it plays a powerful role in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. The committee has the power to grant financial approval to projects, appoint sub-committees and hold discussions and finalise policies.

It has a total of 18 members, of which six members are elected in the House and the remaining 12 by Ward Committees.

But the House was adjourned till Friday without electing any of the committee’s six members.

Videos on social media showed councillors of both the AAP and the BJP hitting each other, throwing water bottles and fruits at each other. A ballot box was also thrown into the Well during the ruckus.

Oberoi, who was elected as mayor on Wednesday, alleged that some BJP councillors tried to attack her during the proceedings. “This is the extent of BJP’s gundagardi [hooliganism] that they are trying to attack a woman mayor,” she said in a tweet.

BJP councillor Satya Sharma, who presided over the mayoral election, alleged that many of his party councillors were injured.

“They [AAP councillors] hit our leaders with bottles, apples and shoes,” Sharma said, according to The Indian Express. “Our councillor Pramod Gupta was slapped.”

The ruckus began after the House was adjourned for an hour after successfully electing the mayor and the deputy mayor on Wednesday.

Members of the BJP chanted Hanuman Chalisa – an invocation to Hanuman, a deity who symbolises physical prowess, for several minutes while awaiting the resumption of the House, according to PTI.

As the session resumed at 6.15 pm, BJP members opposed Oberoi’s decision to allow councillors to take a mobile phone to the booth area.

Carrying mobile phones and pens were not permitted during the proceedings of the election for the posts of mayor and deputy mayor.

They shouted slogans “tanashahi nahi chalegi” (dictatorship will not be allowed) and “Ek sadan mai do kanoon, nahin chalenge” (Two separate rules won’t work in House).

The House was then adjourned nine times till 11.35 pm, when the brawl took place. It was then again adjourned twice till 4 am.

The election for the mayor’s post was postponed three times since the civic polls in December due to a prolonged tussle between the AAP and the BJP. Councillors from the AAP had opposed the presiding officer’s decision to allow aldermen to vote.

Aldermen are nominated councillors who have special knowledge of municipal administration and are tasked with assisting the House in decisions of public importance. They are appointed by the lieutenant governor.

However, in a major relief to AAP on February 18, the Supreme Court held that nominated members of the Delhi municipal corporation cannot vote in the elections for the mayor’s post.