New mayor takes charge, and new promises follow

BS Satyanarayana alias Katte Satya was elected unopposed to the post, while Congress corporator Indira from Byatarayanapura ward will be his deputy.

Bangalore: We have a new mayor. BS Satyanarayana alias Katte Satya on Wednesday was elected unopposed to the post, while Congress corporator Indira from Byatarayanapura ward will be his deputy.

The election saw a new first: for the first time in the history of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), a corporator from the opposition party (Congress) was elected as the deputy mayor despite the ruling party (BJP) having an absolute majority.

The Congress got lucky as the deputy mayor post had been reserved for the ST candidates, but as there was no BJP corporator from ST community, Indira was elected unopposed. Both of them would be in office for eight months.

Speaking to media persons later, Satyanarayana made a slew of promises, among them being the upkeep of KR Market, ridding the city of its famed potholes, presenting a supplementary budget and the implementation of Akrama Sakrama.

Satyanarayana said he would dedicate every Monday to supervise the cleaning work at the KR Market. “I will visit the KR Market every Monday morning and will remain there till the cleaning work is completed,’’ Satyanarayana said.

When asked whether he was happy with the budget presented by his predecessor D Venkatesh Murthy said: “I will submit a supplementary budget if the funds allocated for development works are found insufficient,’’ he said.

Then came the issue of potholes. The mayor said the main focus would be on filling up potholes.

“The need of the hour is to ensure smooth movement of vehicles. We have to give importance for the development of roads and ensure no stagnation of rainwater. The other important issue is to ensure disposal of garbage,’’ he said.

He also said he would focus on collecting property tax, advertisement cess. “Measures will be taken to collect the property tax arrears pending for many years. We will reach those property owners who have been evading paying property tax. I hope governor’s assent to Akrama Sakrama scheme will enable the BBMP to get more revenue,’’ he said.

No garlands please

Mayor Satyanarayana doesn’t want to be garlanded anymore. Mind it. Instead, he requested his friends and well-wishers to gift him books. “I want them to present me some books instead of garlands and flowers. Those books would be donated to a library,’’ he said.

Selection of standing committees

Regional commissioner Gaurav Gupta, who conducted the election for mayor and deputy mayor posts, postponed the selection of 12 standing committees due to the lack of quorum in the BBMP council meeting. As soon as the election of the mayor and deputy mayor, the BBMP council meeting was adjourned for 30 minutes for the selection of standing committees, but Gupta had to postpone it since no corporator turned up after the break.