Naveen S Garewal
Today News Online Service
Hyderabad, February 11
In the first meeting of General House of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GMCH) on Thursday, Gadwal Vijaya Lakshmi was elected as the Mayor of Hyderabad.
Ever since the results were announced on December 6, people were speculating as who would take command of the GMCH body.
Srilatha Reddy was elected as Deputy Mayor. Both belong to Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
Lakshmi, who has been elected as the 17th Mayor of Hyderabad, is the daughter of TRS MP K. Keshava Rao—who is considered to be close to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR). Lakshmi represents the Banjara Hills division, while the Deputy Mayor was elected as corporator from Taranaka division.
As the TRS did not have sufficient numbers, the Asaduddin Owaisi led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) supported the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor.
In a House of 150, the TRS—on December 6—emerged as the single-largest party with 56 seats while BJP bagged 47 seats. AIMIM got 44 seats and the Congress Party managed to win only two seats.
With 149 corporators in the House, and 32 ex-officio members, which totals to 181, voted to elect the new GMCH Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
Earlier in the day, the directly elected ward members of GHMC took the oath at 11 am.
On Friday, Telangana State Election Commission had directed the election authority, and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner to conduct the election on February 11 at 12.30 pm.
The State Election Commissioner (SEC) had notified the newly elected members (corporators) on January 16 to the council of GHMC. The notification paved the way for holding the first meeting of the newly elected members.
The term of the existing council of GHMC expired on February 10. The process of conducting the first meeting of the new council, and election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor had to be completed by February 15.