Congress-JDS coalition bags mayor, deputy major posts in Bengaluru
Congress’ Sampath Raj elected Bengaluru mayor while JDS’ Padmavathi Narasimhamurthy becomes deputy mayor.india Updated: Sep 28, 2017 17:05 IST
Congress’ Sampath Raj was elected the 51st mayor of Bengaluru and its coalition partner JDS’ Padmavathi Narasimhamurthy, the deputy mayor, on Thursday.
The election was a cakewalk for the Congress-JDS coalition in the city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike as the opposition BJP, which has a majority of corporators but lacks the numbers in the electoral college, staged a walkout.
Though BJP’s S Muniswamy and Mamatha Vasudeva contested the election to the post of mayor and deputy mayor, they lost badly as they secured no votes.
The tenure of the Bengaluru mayor and deputy mayor is for 11 months.
Besides the corporators, elected MPs, MLAs and the MLCs too are entitled to vote to elect the mayor and deputy mayor.
This year, the post of mayor and deputy mayor was reserved for Scheduled Caste and women from General Category respectively.
Sampath Raj said “We will take people along. We will ensure public participation in governance.”
“I will see to it that the Bengaluru’s infrastructure improves. You will notice the changes happening from today itself.”