Dr Annapoorna Mishra on Tuesday took over as the first mayor of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC). Soon after, she launched a scathing attack on the Delhi government for meting out 'step-motherly' treatment to the new civic body, saying the office given to EDMC does not have sufficient space and facilities. She also rued that the budget allocated to East Delhi civic body, Rs 1500 crore, was way low than expected.
Interestingly, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit's son Sandeep Dikshit is an MP from the area.
Mishra, who holds a doctorate in Hindi literature, is a second-time councillor. The 59-year-old's nomination for the post of mayor took everyone by surprise due to the low profile she has maintained over the years.
"I thank everyone for selecting me as Mayor. I hope we can all work together to develop East Delhi that has been neglected for years by the Delhi government," she said. Her husband, Rameshwar Prasad, is the director of Bhopal-based research organisation.
Mishra had been the media incharge of BJP's mahila morcha and working for the party for nearly two decades. Mishra's nomination to the post came after Poorvanchalis, a term used to describe people from to Bihar and eastern UP, pressured the party into giving the post to a leader from their community.
According to them, the BJP managed to win in East Delhi, known to be a Congress bastion, only because of the poorvanchali voters.
Her party colleague Usha Shastri became the new deputy Mayor. Six members of the Standing Committee were also chosen on Tuesday. They are BJP's Mahak Singh, Lata Gupta, Sanjay Kaushik and Raj Kumar Dillan and Congress' Savita Sharma and Varyam Kaur. All 64 councillors of the corporation were also sworn-in.
BJP has nominated Mehak Singh as the Chairman of the Standing Committee while Lata Gupta will be deputy Chairperson. BB Tyagi will be the leader of House while Harsh Malhotra was appointed chairman of the education panel.