`Mayor cannot ensure development in a shortened term'
VIJAYAWADA: Kankipadu MLA Devineni Rajasekhar (Nehru) on Friday felt that only one person should continue as Mayor for the next four years, but not two or three.
He said that he was opposing the concept of reducing the tenure of the Mayor and allowing many persons to occupy the chair in one term.
In the wake of speculations that M.V. Ratnabindu and Mallika Begum of the Congress would hold the post for two years each, Mr. Nehru said that it was not possible for anyone to take up development works in a year or two.
Addressing a press conference at his residence here, he said that a person who became Mayor would take at least six months to understand the administration set-up and begin to work on his/her own. "If their tenure is reduced to one or two years, they cannot do anything for the city. They cannot make officials work, as the latter knew that the tenure of the Mayor is short," he said.
Mr. Nehru recalled that he had told the same even to Tadi Sakuntala when she was about to be sworn in Mayor.
"I don't know why the party has taken such a decision of dividing the tenure and changing Mayor frequently," he said.
City Congress committee president Pyla Sominaidu, who was also present at the press conference, said that it was the decision of the party's high command to divide the five-year tenure.
Evading a direct reply to a question on who would be the next Mayor, he said that the party would announce the name of the candidate after the release of notification.
"Our role is to implement the decision of the party high command. I cannot comment on the tenure of the Mayor now," he said.