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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
The election was a cakewalk for the Congress-JDS coalition in the city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike as the opposition BJP staged a walkout.
The election was a cakewalk for the Congress-JDS coalition in the city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike as the opposition BJP staged a walkout.(PTI file)

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.”