Deputy mayor Golconda Raj Kumar of the Congress is likely to submit his resignation in a day or two. As part of the post-election understanding in 2009, the Congress and MIM are to hold the mayoral post for two years each and the Congress in the fifth year. While one party holds the mayoral post, the other holds the deputy mayor’s. Thus, this year Congress candidate will become mayor and MIM’s deputy mayor.
Congress candidate Banda Karthika Reddy served as mayor for two years (2009-2011) and MIM’s M Majid Hussain’s two-year term ended on January 4.
The Congress has 52 elected corporators, MIM 43, TDP 45 and BJP six. Ministers Danam Nagender, M Mukesh Goud and Geeta Reddy, MLA Shabbir Ali, a few Congress corporators and leaders met at the CLP office in the Assembly on Tuesday and discussed claiming the mayor’s post. Later, they met PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana and sought his view.
Botcha asked them to go by the agreement and see that Congress corporator became mayor. It is in this context that the ministers have directed deputy mayor Raj Kumar to resign at the earliest. When contacted, the deputy mayor said that he did not receive any communication so far and any decision would be known on Wednesday.
It is learnt that Raj Kumar is in no mood to resign, as he thinks that resignation does not serve any purpose. Moreover, the mayor, who belongs to MIM, has not resigned, he told his party leaders.