Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims that he had elevated to this position starting his life as a `tea sellor’. Now, a BJP councillor Avtar Singh, who used to sell tea for a living, was elected unopposed as the new mayor of North Delhi. He is also the first Dalit Sikh to have been elected mayor of North Delhi.
According to municipal officials, he was nominated for the North Delhi mayor election by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari. Singh was elected unopposed. The election was held at the General House meeting of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, yesterday.
“(Avtar) Singh is a very hardworking BJP cadre. He has used his hard work to reach to the post of mayor from his humble beginning as a tea seller,” said a senior Delhi BJP leader.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the newly elected mayors of South Delhi, North Delhi and East Delhi Municipal Corporations and gave them his good wishes.
The election of mayor is indirect in which councilors of the civic body participate. The BJP has a majority in New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). The term of mayor is for one year. The third term of the five-year tenure of the civic body is reserved for schedule caste (SC) candidates to become the mayor.
Earlier, Anju Kangra, BJP councilor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation was elected mayor of the civic body.