Hectic lobbying is naturally part of the election to the posts of the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor. The city MLAs belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Council, went into a huddle on Tuesday evening to decide who will sit in these chairs.

Party sources said the meeting remained inconclusive and the MLAs will meet the BJP councillors on Wednesday. “The MLAs will then meet the Chief Minister and the State party president to choose the candidates,” sources said.

Caste equations

The election is scheduled on April 26. The post of the Mayor has been reserved for Backward Classes A category and the Deputy Mayor's, under the general category. The party has tentatively decided to choose a candidate belonging to the Kuruba community for the Mayor's post and one from the Lingayat community for the Deputy Mayor's post.

The sources said that the two strong contenders for the Mayor's post are Katriguppe councillor D. Venkatesh Murthy and Shakambarinagar councillor B. Somashekar, who both belong to the politically dominant Kuruba community.

While Mr. Murthy enjoys the support of State BJP president K.S. Eshwarappa, Mr. Somashekhar is known to be Home Minister R. Ashok's candidate. The councillors vying for the Deputy Mayor's post are L. Srinivas (Padmanabhanagar) and N. Nagaraj (Byrasandra).

The sources added that Mr. Srinivas's prospects were brighter.

Lobbying on

Lobbying is also on for the posts of the Ruling Party Leader and chairpersons to the 12 Standing Committees. The sources said that Gangabyraiah (Dr. Rajkumar Ward), H. Ravindra (Vijayanagar) and A.H. Basavaraju (Banashankari Temple Ward) are being considered for the post of Ruling Party Leader.

The Opposition Congress has also started the process of choosing the next leader. Given that the Assembly elections are scheduled in May 2013, it wants a strong candidate who will brighten the party's prospects in the city. Senior Congress leaders, including Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president B.L. Shankar and city unit president J. Alexandar, met Congress councillors on Tuesday.

KPCC general secretary N.S. Bose Raju said the councillors had resolved to let the high command choose the next Opposition leader. The contenders are M.K. Gunashekar (Jayamahal), K. Chandrashekar (Hanumanthnagar), B.N. Manjunatha Reddy (Madiwala) and T. Mallesh (Subhashnagar). He said the candidate would be chosen on April 26, ahead of the election.

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