Bengaluru gets Congress mayor despite BJP's civic poll triumph

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  1. VIP

    VIP Ultra Nationalist Senior Member

    Mar 22, 2012
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    BENGALURU: With support from Janata Dal (Secular) and Independents, Congress on Friday clinched the coveted mayor post as it edged out BJP by a slender three vote margin in the keenly contested city civic body poll.

    Congress nominee B N Manjunath Reddy was elected mayor of Bengaluru securing 131 votes while his rival B Manjunath Raju of BJP managed to get 128 votes.

    BJP, which had emerged as the single largest party in the August 22 polls to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) bagging 100 of the 198 wards, dubbed the mayoral poll outcome as being against the people's mandate to it.

    However, the mayoral poll result is subject to the outcome of a petition by BJP corporators in the Karnataka high court challenging the Section 10 of Karnataka Municipal Act 1976, which allows both non-corporators and corporators to vote in the mayoral poll.

    First-time JDS corporator SP Hemalatha, wife of MLA K Gopalaiah, was elected as deputy mayor securing 131 votes in the electoral college of 260, which included 62 non-corporators comprising members of Parliament, legislative assembly and legislative councils.

    Congress and JDS came together to gain control of the IT city's civic body on their higher combined strength, including non-corporators.

    Regional Commissioner Jayanthi, presiding officer, declared the results.

    Congratulating Reddy on becoming the new mayor, chief minister Siddaramaiah told reporters that as expected the Congress-JDS combination won the mayoral poll because the BJP did not enjoy majority in BBMP Council.

    Interestingly, BJP, which had kept its fingers crossed by banking on absentees in the Congress-JDS-Independents combine to scrape through the number-game, decided to allow its MPs and legislators to take part in the election today.

    Union minister and veteran BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said even though Congress and JDS have come together to gain majority in the BBMP Council, it did not reflect the people's mandate.

    "By coming together, they (JDS and Congress) managed majority in the election, but that does not reflect people's mandate which was given to BJP," he said.

    Siddaramaiah said the party would make all efforts to build the image of Bengaluru.

    "Whatever we had promised to the people before the election, we will try to meet them. We will also make all efforts to build the brand of Bengaluru," he said replying to a question.

    Asked how long the Congress and JDS alliance would last, Siddaramaih said, "For the next five years."
  3. Vishwarupa

    Vishwarupa Senior Member Senior Member

    Sep 15, 2009
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    This is unfortunate & in a way good because BJP had not done that well in improving Bangalore, let BJP sit on bench for sometime as this is the last time Congress & JDS will rule Bangalore or Karnataka (for that matter).

    Also this alliance has a High Court test to pass in coming months, BJP has filed a Case in HC questioning the current rules & procedure under which the Mayor selection is made. Actually BJP tops the chart with 100/198 wards but the procedure is even MPs, MLCs can caste their votes to select a Mayor for Bangalore. So it all depends on HC decision but if you are talking logically even i feel MPs & MLCs should not caste vote to select Bangalore Mayor. BBMP Mayor should be selected by Bangalore citizen not entire state legislative councils or MPs. Lets see what HC says.

    One more thing 5 independents( out of 8 i think) had approached R Ashok & Ananth Kumar on the eve of election day results but these 2 di.K heads did not treat them properly. If they had got these 5 independents it would have been very easy for BJP. EGOism is damaging BJP in Karnataka.
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  4. Mad Indian

    Mad Indian Proud Bigot Veteran Member Senior Member

    Jan 27, 2012
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    Podigai Hills.
    I have heard from multiple sources that Bjp in Kar is actually worse than the secular cabal. What do you think?
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  5. maomao

    maomao Veteran Hunter of Maleecha Senior Member

    Apr 7, 2010
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    Better be on the bench in every state till the time you don't win the complete state!

    My two cents and BJP is listening for sure!

    (P.S: It's a known fact the secular / commie traitors dig their own graves and the way winds are changing only islamists / minorities and illiterates will be voting for lie low and let them show their ugly face to the whole world and win the war not small battles)!

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