Prime News, Karnataka, Politics, Mysuru, August 25:- Bharatiya Janata Party staged a coup in the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) mayoral polls held here on Wednesday (August 25). BJP councillor Sunanda Palanetra of MCC Ward number 59 was elected as the 35th Mayor. This is for the first time that the BJP is able to grab the plum post. The polling officer officially announced the name of Sunanda after the polling was held.
Sunanda garnered 26 votes while the Congress nominee Shanthakumari secured 22 votes.
Elated at getting elected, Sunanda said, “I have been in politics for the last 25 years and contested elections five times. This is my last stint.”
In the last mayoral polls, Sunanda had contested and lost. BJP had never been lucky in the past as Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) combine scuttled their efforts.
BJP MLAs S A Ramadass, L Nagendra and Mysuru-Kodagu Member of Parliament (MP) Pratap Simha and others were present.
Till the last minute, Congress leaders kept repeating that their pact with JD(S) would continue. In fact, Congress MLA Tanveer Sait had also said that BJP would not be allowed to grab power.
On Tuesday evening, after rebel JD(S) MLA G T Devegowda hinted at joining Congress, there were hectic developments. Soon after this, JD(S), it seems, decided to stay neutral during the elections. This is what helped the BJP’s candidate.
Incidentally, Sunanda is related to former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.
G T Devegowda and JD(S) MLC Sandesh Nagaraj stayed away from voting. (MR/KS)