Yadgir: CMC member Lalitha Anpur of Ward No: 31 was elected as the president of Yadgir City Municipal Council (CMC) for the remaining period of the term. She was elected through simple voting held on Wednesday for the president’s post, which had become vacant recently.
As there is no majority of any party in the CMC, the election of the president was done on simple majority basis. As per internal understanding, Issaq Sheikh was elected for the first term, Suresh Kotimani of BJP for the second term and Shashidhar Reddy Hosalli of Congress for the third term. On March 30, Shashidhar Reddy Hosalli tendered resignation for his post. His resignation was approved on April 11. After that, all the parties including BJP, Congress, BSR Congress and JD(S) were lobbying for the president’s post.
In the 31-member House, JD(S) has eight seats, Congress 11, BJP seven, BSR Congress four and independent one. As per schedule, Shankar Rathod of Congress and Lalitha Anpur of BSR Congress filed the nomination on Wednesday at 9:00 am. Election was held at 1:00 pm. Tough competition was expected between the two candidates but Lalitha Anpur was elected by simple majority. Lalitha polled 19 votes defeating Rathod by margin of 13 votes.
Shankar Rathod secured just six votes including that of the MP, MLA, self vote and votes of Congress members. While seven members remained neutral in the election process, member Basavaraj Sharanappa Jain remained away from the election.
Election Officer Jagadish K Nayak made the announcement of the winner.
Meanwhile, MLA A B Malakreddy told Deccan Herald that action will be taken against Congress members of the CMC who have voted against the Congress candidate in the election for the CMC chief, considering it as anti-party activity.
“There are a total of eleven members of the Congress party in Yadgir CMC. Having smelt of some anti-party activities before the election, Congress district unit president had issued a whip. Inspite of this, they have voted against the party candidate. A meeting of party workers will be called where action to be initiated against them, will be discussed”, he said.
‘Priority to water supply’
Speaking to press persons after the election, Ms Lalitha said that there is no proper management of drinking water in Yadgir and she would give first preference to it.
Later, she will discuss with the CMC members and frame plans for development projects.
DH News Service
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