Lobbying for mayoral post hots up
By Express News Service | Published: 20th April 2013 12:38 PM |
With the Election Commission giving its nod for holding elections to the posts of BBMP Mayor and Deputy Mayor, many aspiring candidates have started lobbying for the top posts. The election to the posts of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and chairpersons of various Standing Committees will be held on April 27. Incumbent Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy and Deputy Mayor L Srinivas’s term will end on April 26.
Though the mayor’s (47th Mayor of the city) post was earlier reserved for General-Women category, the state government changed the reservation roster from to General category.
However, women councillors aspiring for the Mayoral post have not lost hope. BJP has 112 councillors in the corporation and many of its members, including Katte Sathyanarayana (Basavanagudi), Shanthakumari (Moodalapalya), C K Ramamurthy (Pattabhiramanagar) and others are in race.
Shanthakumari, the senior-most councillor among women members, said, “I contested from Moodalapalya ward as a candidate from General category and not from women category. Also, I am a third-time councillor. I think I am most eligible to become Mayor.”
However, there are some hurdles for Shanthakumari. “She was with Congress for the past few years. There are many senior councillors who have been with BJP for many years. It will be injustice to them if Shanthakumari, who joined BJP just three years ago, is made the Mayor,” said a BJP councillor.
Another aspirant, Sathyanarayana, said he is associated with the party for the past three decades. “I am the senior-most in the BJP as I have been a councillor from 1990 and serving my fourth term. I strongly feel that I will be picked for the next Mayor,” he said.
Sathyanarayana who is from Brahmin community, claims that the last Brahmin Mayor in Bangalore was H G Seshadri in 1988.
“In more than eight constituencies, especially in old Bangalore, there are more Brahmin voters. But no political party gives priority to Brahmins,” he added.
This time, the Deputy Mayor’s post is reserved for backward category. Shakambarinagar councillor Somashekar and the ruling party leader Nagaraju from Byrasandra ward are in race.
‘Mayor Election After May 5’
Some BJP Councillors feel that the Mayoral election could have an impact on the Assembly election.
“If we elect a Mayor/Deputy Mayor from a particular caste, we are likely to lose votes from other castes. It is better to conduct Mayoral election after May 5,” a BJP Councillor said.
Consider ST for mayor: HC tells govt
Bangalore: The High Court on Friday directed the state government to consider reservation for Scheduled Tribes (ST) category for the posts of Mayor/Deputy Mayor in the BBMP. Justice A S Bopanna passed the order on a petition filed by Congress corporator Indira and Lokesh V Naik seeking to include ST category for the posts of Mayor/Deputy Mayor as it had not been included in the reservation list. The petitioners contended that the BBMP had not included ST category and given Mayor/Deputy Mayor posts for the past 16 terms to others, which is in violation of the Constitution, and sought directions to the state government and BBMP to consider reservation for STs.