Lobbying Begins for Mayor, Deputy's Posts

Published: 03rd September 2015 03:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd September 2015 03:40 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Lobbying has begun for the posts of mayor and deputy mayor in Congress and JD(S) after the two parties reached a coalition deal for governing BBMP.

If the coalition is successful, the mayor will be from Congress and the deputy mayor from JD(S).

The regional commissioner on Wednesday issued an official notification, according to which the mayor’s post is reserved for the general category and the deputy mayor’s for a woman candidate from the general category.

Election for the mayor, deputy mayor and standing committee members will be held on September 11. The mayoral candidate will be decided based on votes. If two or more candidates get an equal number of votes, a decision will be made by picking up a chit, the notification said.

Though the current arrangement proposes that the mayor’s post should go to Congress, it is possible that it goes to JD(S), said a senior Congress leader who did not wish to be identified. Everyone wants their representatives to become mayor and deputy mayor, and this will create chaos in the coming days, he said. The city has five Congress ministers and a few influential Congress as well as JD(S) MLAs. Congress will have 76 seats in the new BBMP Council and the JD(S) 14.

Some of the senior Congress candidates in the BBMP Council such as Manjunath Reddy (Madiwala), M K Gunashekar (Jayamahal), Mohmed Rizwan Nawab (Gurrappanapalya), M Shivaraju (Shankara Mutt) and M Chandrappa (Koramangala) are said to be in the race for the mayor’s job.

District In-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy told Express that they are looking for senior members who can manage the coalition and the Council. “While the deputy mayor’s post is likely to go to JD(S), some of the chairperson’s posts for various standing committees will go to independents,” he said.

Manjunath Reddy said he is among the few senior candidates. “I have been a councillor since 1996 and won under the general category. I have met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC president G Parameshwara and also minister Ramalinga Reddy. I am an aspirant for the mayor’s post and hope they will oblige,” he said.

M K Gunashekar, who is also in the race, met the CM on Wednesday. “I am also an aspirant. One can check my merit and performance. I have approached minister Roshan Baig,” he said.

Baig represents Shivajinagar constituency, under which Gunashekar’s Jayamahal ward comes. Manjunath and Gunashekar have been opposition party leaders in previous terms.

Congress sources said M Chandrappa has better chances of becoming mayor. “Chandrappa is the senior most member. He has won the corporation election four times. And Chandrappa belongs to the Kuruba community (Siddaramaiah is also a Kuruba),” a source said. Chandrappa and Manjunath Reddy are representing wards from BTM Layout, which is also represented by minister Ramalinga Reddy.

In JD(S), Hemavathi representing Vrushabavathinagar ward is said to have a fair chance of being the deputy mayor. Hemavathi is the wife of Mahalakshmi Layout MLA Gopalaiah. She is from the Vokkaliga community and is eligible for the women general category.

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