BENGALURU: Deputy Mayor S P Hemalatha on Friday said there was no harm if the husbands of women councillors gave them suggestions on administrative matters, as, after all, they are their better halves.
The wife of JD(S) MLA Gopalaiah, Hemalatha said she will heed to her husband and will also consider his opinions while making decisions. “I have to balance both,” she said.
When it was pointed out that the council has 100 women councillors, and so there will be interference from the husbands, she said women councillors these days are capable of handling work at home and outside.
“If they are not capable, how did they get elected? It is not easy,” she said. When asked about councillors’ husbands attending phone calls made to the elected members, she said women these days receive phone calls unlike before and talk to their voters directly. However, when asked about husbands interfering and giving suggestions, she said there is no harm in that as the women are the Ardhangi.
Hemalatha said the Congress-JD(S) coalition government was capable of giving better administration. “We are not here to be together for one year. We will complete five years,” she said. Garbage disposal and better roads are on the list of priorities, she added.
Celebrations Outside BBMP Office
Police had made elaborate security arrangements outside the BBMP head office to ensure there were no untoward incidents as a large number of party workers had gathered there.
Only those with valid passes were allowed inside while others were getting minute-by-minute updates from those inside. Police stopped a few people at the gates of BBMP office when they tried to enter without ID cards.
Phone calls to exert influence and get entry failed and party workers had to wait outside to know the results. A few people parked their vehicles outside the office and tuned into news channels. While BJP supporters staged protests outside the office alleging that the mayoral election was undemocratic, Congress party workers celebrated the party’s victory.
The mayoral election, however, did not affect common people too much. Only those who wanted to visit the Canara Bank branch on the BBMP premises were prevented from entering. A few senior citizens who wanted to withdraw their pension had to return disappointed. Satya Narayana, a senior citizen, said, “Common citizens suffer during elections. The politicians spent all these days enjoying themselves at resorts. They should have conducted the elections in resorts.”
A Canara Bank official said they have a large number of account holders who are not associated with BBMP. But as the elections went on, police allowed only a few senior citizens to enter the bank.
“Six assistant commissioners of police, 20 police inspectors, 35 sub-inspectors, six KSRP battalions and 200 police constables were deployed,” a police official said.