BJP’s Gautam Kumar wins Bengaluru mayoral poll

BJP corporator from Jogupalya M Gautam Kumar was elected as the 54th mayor of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bengaluru’s local civic body.

Gautam Kumar, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s official candidate for Bengaluru mayor has won the election. Kumar won by 17 votes with 129 votes in his favour, while 112 votes went to the Congress candidate RS Sathyanarayana.

He will replace Congress leader Gangambike Mallikarjun as Bengaluru mayor. This is the first time BJP has won the post in four years. The BJP said that it had finally gotten power in the city corporation after it was denied a chance at power in spite of emerging as the single largest party in the BBMP polls in 2015. 

The Congress and JD(S) joined hands to keep the BJP out of power for four years but was unable to continue its coaltion in the corporations after its state level alliance collapsed earlier in July.

 

Senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy, who helped his party retain power in the corporation, refused to get involved this time after he was snubbed during the H.D. Kumaraswamy-led coalition government. Control of the BBMP is crucial for Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa-led BJP government as the civic body, not just for its size, but also houses over 20% of the state’s population and has a budget outlay of over Rs 11,000 crore.

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