After a five-year interregnum, Indore will again see return of woman power. The Indore mayor's post was reserved for women candidates belonging to the OBC category during reservation of seats for 16 municipal corporations, in Bhopal on Tuesday. The present mayor Krishna Murari Moghe was preceded by a woman, Uma Shashi Sharma, albeit from general category.
Reservation of mayoral seats was carried out for Indore, Khandwa, Ujjain and Burhanpur municipal corporations, among others. The exercise came ahead of civic body polls scheduled in Indore. Shortly after the seats were reserved, public political corridors were abuzz with speculation on possible candidates for the Indore mayor's berth.
The names of Assembly segment No 4 MLA Malini Gaud, ex-corporator and former member of the Indore Development Authority (IDA) directorial board Malti Dagor and Rajkumari Kushwaha were doing the rounds as potential BJP candidates immediately after the reservation. For the Congress, Archana Jaiswal was being cited as a strong contender.
The Indore mayor's seat being set aside for an OBC woman candidate dashed the hopes of many mayoral aspirants, not the least being former Indore Development Authority (IDA) chairman and Moghe's protégé Madhu Verma.
Verma, currently the chairman of the OBC Commission, is intimately acquainted with the city's problems, thanks to his stint as a Mayor-in-Council (MiC) member during Kailash Vijayvargiya's mayoral tenure and later as IDA chairman.
He was eyeing the mayor's post and had reportedly garnered the support of his mentor Moghe but the seat's being reserved for a woman put paid to his chances.
Reservations for mayor's seat
Indore: OBC (Woman)
Ujjain: SC (Woman)
Chhindwara: OBC (Woman)
Ratlam: General (Woman)