Mysuru, January 23:- The elections to elect the new Mysuru Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be held tomorrow and the last minute hectic lobbying for the Mayoral Gaddi has gained momentum between Kamada Uday and S Bhagyavathi, both belonging to the SC category and from Congress.
The coveted post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor fell vacant soon after the tenure of Mayor M J Ravi Kumar and Deputy Mayor Rathna Lakshman ended on December 6, 2017.
The state government in a special gazette notification reserved the seat of Mayor to Scheduled Caste (women) and the Deputy Mayor to Scheduled Tribe (women).
Sources in political circles said that it was a strategy evolved by the Congress which previously missed to take the coveted posts in MCC during the past four years following the alliance between Janata Dal (Secular) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in MCC.
With this notification, there were only two eligible candidates for the Mayor’s post from the Congress – Kamala Uday and S Bhagyavathi and this came as a shocker to the BJP and JD(S) as there were none in their party coming under Scheduled Caste(women) category.
Playing the reservation card, the Congress decided to wrest the last term of the Mayor in the council, which ends this year in the September. However, the government decision has lead to a tight fight between two Congress members of MCC Kamala Uday and Bhagyavathi representing Ward 50 and Ward 23 respectively.
Both the council members, who are aspiring for the Mayoral post, met senior Congress leaders and lobbied for the post. However, the high command is expected to take a decision tonight and finalise the name of Bhagyavathi or Kamala Uday, sources in Congress said.
Speaking to City Today, Kamala Uday said, “I have been associated with the Congress from past many years and have strived hard in addressing the issues of the people in my ward. However, I will go by the decision of the party leaders and high-command and accept their decision in the right spirit.”
“No leader from the Gandhinagar Ward of MCC has been given the Mayor’s post till date and it’s been long-time that a council member from the Narasimharaja Assembly Constituency has been offered to get the coveted post,” she added.
Another aspirant Bhagyavathi did not wish to reveal her opinion when approached by City Today.
Sources from the city Congress unit revealed to City Today that the Congress high command would take a decision regarding the candidate for mayor’s post and either Kamala Uday or Bhagyavathi would file their nomination on Wednesday morning and will be elected unanimously.
Meanwhile, the post of Deputy Mayor which is reserved for the ST (women), there is only one ST woman in the JD(S) – Indira Mahesh, who represents MCC Ward 61.
The nomination must be filed before the election process begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday. Firstly the attendance of the council members will be taken and later the process of electing the Mayor begins. The nominations filed will be scrutinised and a time gap would be given after the scrutinising process to those who want to take back their nomination papers. If the candidate is elected unanimously, no election will be conducted and the result would be announced soon after it. The process is same for the Deputy Mayor’s post and the election for the deputy mayor post will be conducted only after the Mayor’s post is announced.
Soon after the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected, the election for the four Standing Committees of MCC will also be held.
By Karthik K K