How TRS won Hyderabad mayor poll with a little help from MIM | Hyderabad News

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HYDERABAD: TRS on Thursday won the mayor and deputy mayor posts in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) with a handsome majority, but only after it got support from Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM. BJP put up candidates for both posts but did not get the needed numbers.

With this, GHMC got its first woman mayor since the formation of Telangana in Banjara Hills corporator Gadwal Vijaya Laxmi. Tarnaka corporator Mothe Srilatha will be her deputy. The mayor post had been reserved for women this time. Given the stiff competition for the posts, the TRS leadership had sent their names in a sealed cover. Even the corporators and ex-officio members were not informed about the names till the last minute. Vijaya Laxmi is the daughter of TRS secretary general and Rajya Sabha MP K Keshava Rao. She had been among the frontrunners for the post right from the start. Ahead of the 2018 assembly elections, she had tried to get a ticket from Khairatabad but had failed.
Srilatha’s family, on the other hand, has been loyal to TRS for a long time. Her husband Mothe Shoban Reddy had participated in the Telangana statehood agitation.
Both Vijaya Laxmi and Srilatha got 132 votes each in the election held with the raising of hands. BJP candidates Veeraangari Radha and Shankar Yadav secured 48 votes each. Of the 132 votes that the winning candidates secured, TRS corporators and ex-officio members contributed 80 votes, while the AIMIM added another 52 votes.
TRS has 56 seats in the 150-member GHMC council, while BJP has 48 seats (one corporator passed away). AIMIM finished with 44 seats in the recently concluded elections and Congress has two corporators.
The mayoral election saw some sloganeering as well. BJP members started shouting “Jai Shree Ram” after TRS proposed the names of its candidates who were backed by AIMIM. In return, TRS members started shouting “Jai Telangana”. Hyderabad district collector and presiding officer, Sweta Mohanty, intervened and asked the members to calm down.
The oath-taking ceremony, held before the mayoral election, was a colourful affair with different members taking oaths in at least four different languages. While most preferred Telugu to be sworn in, Urdu, Hindi and English were also heard. Besides, all TRS members came with traditional pink scarves around their necks and BJP members came decked in saffron and even sported turbans.
The two Congress members walked out before the election took place. “We have boycotted the meeting as KCR went to Delhi and took directions from there. The drama here is being played as per instructions of Amit Shah and Modi garu,” said Rajita Reddy, Congress corporator from Uppal.
After the elections, BJP members organised a protest outside the GHMC. They said TRS and AIMIM had cheated the people during campaigning by claiming they were not supporting each other when they were protecting each other’s interests.

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