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S.K. Nataraj elected Mayor of Bangalore

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FIRST CITIZEN:S.K. Nataraj (right) and N. Dayanand after their election as Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively in Bangalore on Friday.
FIRST CITIZEN:S.K. Nataraj (right) and N. Dayanand after their election as Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively in Bangalore on Friday.

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N. Dayanand chosen Deputy Mayor unopposed

Bangalore: After winning the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party assumed control of the civic body by unanimously electing S.K. Nataraj, three-time councillor from Sarakki ward, the 44 {+t} {+h} Mayor of Bangalore here on Friday. N. Dayanand, a first-timer from Beniganahalli ward, was chosen Deputy Mayor.

Regional Commissioner G.M. Dhananjay, who conducted the elections, declared the two elected unopposed amid loud cheers from the BJP members and their supporters in the galleries.

A battery of senior BJP leaders, including Ministers S. Suresh Kumar, Ramachandra Gowda, Katta Subramanya Naidu and R. Ashok, witnessed the anointment of the party's first Mayor.

Oath of office

Earlier, Mr. Dhananjay administered the oath of office to the newly elected councillors. Mr. Nataraj and Mr. Dayanand, along with their two proposers, were the first to take the oath. Later, they filed their nomination papers for the posts.

Most members took the oath in the name of God. while a few took it in the name of the city's founder, Kempe Gowda. Before coming up to the podium, most were seen seeking the blessings of the BJP leaders. Except for Nirmala, elected from Kempapura Agrahara ward, everyone took the oath on Friday. Ms. Nirmala will do so at the April 30 Council meeting.

Huge deficit

The former MLA and Mayor K. Chandrashekar, now elected from Basavanagudi ward, said that the council had an onerous task before it. The BBMP has bills of Rs. 1,348 crore pending. He urged the Mayor to ensure that the standing committees were formed soon.

In his maiden address, Mr. Nataraj urged the new councillors to prioritise the development of new areas and help prepare a blueprint for the development of all wards. He said Kannada would be strictly implemented as administrative language in the BBMP. “Action will be initiated against those found to be violating this,” he said.

Problems galore

Pointing out that councillors have an uphill task such as scientific disposal of garbage, parking, removing silt from storm-water drains and water shortage, he said, “We will all have to work together for the all-round development of the city.”

Meanwhile, the presence of the former MP Tejaswini Gowda, the former Minister H.M. Revanna and the former Mayor M. Ramachandrappa in the council hall raised some eyebrows. Usually, only city MLAs, MPs and MLCs are allowed to sit in the hall.

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