Mysuru Mayor’s post: Congress has the last laugh

Pushpalatha Jagannath of Congress is the new Mysuru Mayor, Shafi Ahmed of JD (S) is her deputy

Mysuru, November 17:- After months of suspense that kept Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) in the dark, there is a sense of relief. With both Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress adamant on grabbing the plum post, there was uncertainty bugging the coalition government.

Till Friday, JD(S) Ministers G T Devegowda and Sa Ra Mahesh were making news, saying their party has to get the mayor’s post come what may. After hectic parleys that went on till midnight Friday, JD(S) finally relented to allow Congress to don the mantle. At least for the time being, the dust seems to have settled down.

Congress nominee Pushpalatha Jagannath from MCC Ward 11 won the battle to be the Mayor for the next one year, while Shafi Ahmed of the JD(S) from MCC Ward 31 will be her deputy.  During the five-year term, a Congress nominee will be mayor in the first and third year, while a JD(S) candidate will be mayor in the second, fourth and fifth year.

Pushpalatha polled 48 votes, while Shafi Ahmed also garnered 48 votes, followed by BJP’s Sunanda Palanethra and Satish who polled 24 votes.

In the MCC election held in August, BJP emerged as the single largest party with 22 seats, followed by Congress (19) and JD-S (18). Five independents and one BSP candidate were also elected. To keep BJP out of the fray, Congress and JD(S) decided to align. The mayoral election was delayed due to logistic problems.

Sunanda had filed papers for the mayor’s post, while her party man Satish, who managed to get 24 votes, was in the fray for deputy mayor’s post. After five years, a Congress candidate is becoming the mayor of MCC.

After getting a word of advice from JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda, Ministers  GT Devegowda and Mahesh were present to oversee the proceedings. MLAs Tanveer Sait and L Nagendra were also present.

It was former chief minister Siddaramaiah who held the centrestage to see that his party candidate got the mayor’s post. Keeping an eye on the safety of the coalition government, JD(S) supremo conveyed his party’s decision to Siddaramaiah.

Regional Commissioner Yashwanth conducted the Mayoral elections at Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar Hall of MCC on Saturday. All the 65 newly elected corporators also took oath on the occasion.

Ministers GT Devegowda, Sa Ra Mahesh, MLAs Tanveer Sait,  L Nagendra and others were present. (MR/KS)



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