An Indian-origin councillor on Friday took charge as the mayor of Britain’s Wokingham Borough Council, the first-ever Sikh to hold this position. Parvinder Singh Batth, a Conservative party cou ncillor has served his local borough of Wokingham in Berkshire in southeast England as deputy mayor, took over the role from councillor UllaKarin Clark and will serve till 2017.
“Councillor Clark has helped me immensely. She will be a tough act to follow, and to her I say thank you,” councillor Batth thanked Clark for her support.
“I will duly and faithfully fulfil the duties of my role to the best of my judgment. Being born in Punjab to a farming family, I come from a humble background. However, I now feel even more humbled being chosen as the new mayor,” Batth said.
Councils across the United Kingdom run the day-to-day affairs of particular areas of a city or town and the mayor’s role includes hosting a number of fundraising and other activities to promote his local area. Being chosen as a mayor is often seen as a stepping stone to enter mainstream politics.