The much-awaited elections to the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) will be held on November 17.
Regional Commissioner V. Yeshwanth fixed the date after a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Abhiram Sankar and MCC Commissioner K.H. Jagadeesha.
Mr. Jagadeesha told The Hindu that the election will be preceded by an oath-taking ceremony of all the 65 newly elected corporators. The election of members of standing committees is also expected to be held on the same day.
The State Government has already reserved the post of Mayor for a woman from “general” category while the post of Deputy Mayor has been set aside for a candidate from Backward Classes “A”.
A fractured verdict was thrown up during the elections held to the MCC on August 31 with BJP emerging as the single largest party securing 22 seats followed by the Congress and JD (S) securing 19 and 18 seats respectively.
Unlike the previous term when JD(S) had aligned with BJP and shared the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor with the saffron party, the Congress and JD(S) are now partners in the coalition government in the State and have already announced a decision to share power in the hung local bodies. But, both are demanding the post of Mayor.
While JD(S) leaders including Minister for Tourism and Sericulture S.R. Mahesh have made out a case for Mayor’s post for their party, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, during a recent visit to Mysuru, sought the post for the Congress.
Mr. Siddaramaiah argued that the Mayor’s post should go to the Congress as the party had won more seats than JD(S). But, JD (S) leaders claimed they have more numbers when the elected representatives including MLAs and MLCs are taken into account, besides the BSP member with whom they had a pre-poll understanding. Also, the JD(S) leaders claimed that the party had ceded the post of Mayor in Bengaluru and Tumakuru. Hence, the party was entitled to the post of Mayor in Mysuru.
Meanwhile, Mysuru City Congress Committee President R. Murthy said the party will stake claim for the Mayor’s post as the party had won more seats than JD(S) in the 65-member house. However, he added that the party will abide by any decision taken by the party’s state leadership.