The newly- elected members of the City Corporation Council were sworn in on Monday.
Former Mayor J.Chandra was sworn in first in her capacity as the senior most member of the House. District Collector Sanjay Kaul who was the Returning Officer for the elections to local bodies in the district administered the oath of office. The 99 other members were in turn administered the oath by Ms. Chandra.
Party workers and family members, friends and well wishers of the councillors turned up in strength to witness the swearing in ceremony held in the council hall. They cheered, clapped and raised slogans in support of the councillors. The biggest ovation was for the councillors representing the coastal wards.
The LDF members arrived in a group for the swearing in ceremony after offering floral tributes at the Martyrs’ Column. The BJP councillors also came together, accompanied by party workers.
The Corporation had arranged a closed circuit television in the Corporation grounds for the public to view the function that lasted 90 minutes.
Later, Ms. Chandra chaired the first meeting of the new council. The meeting adjourned after the Corporation Secretary’s announcement that the elections to the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor would be held on November 9.
Later talking to reporters, Muttada ward councillor K. Chandrika whose name was cleared by the CPI(M) parliamentary party for the Mayor’s post admitted she may have to use her casting vote to overcome the precarious political arithmetic in the council. With a tally of 51, the LDF has a wafer- thin majority of just one in the 100- member council. The UDF has 41 members, the BJP six and Independents two.
Ms. Chandrika said the LDF would accord top priority for solid waste management, housing and supply of drinking water. She said she would take the initiative to achieve better coordination between different departments and agencies involved in infrastructure projects.
Expressing confidence in completing her five- year term in office, she said a strong opposition augured well for the council. “A strong Opposition means a strong council”.
Ms. Chandrika said she would take steps to ensure the active participation of women councillors.