Mamata loyalist takes over as Kolkata Mayor

Mamata Banerjee loyalist Shovan Chattopadhyay was today sworn-in as the city Mayor with his first announcement being there would be no water tax on middle and lower middle class.

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2010, 17:51 PM IST

Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee loyalist Shovan
Chattopadhyay was today sworn-in as the city Mayor with his
first announcement being there would be no water tax on middle
and lower middle class.

"There will be no water tax on middle class and lower
middle class in keeping with the party`s election manifesto,"
Chattopadhyay, who was elected unopposed in the
newly-constituted board of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation,
said.

Sachchidananda Banerjee of Trinamool Congress was sworn
in as the chairman in the absence of any candidate from the
Left Front.

Farzana Alam of TC took over as Deputy Mayor.

The Mayor announced the names for ten-member Mayor-in
Council.

The Mayor-in-Council members are Firhad Hakim, Debabrata
Majumdar, Rajib Deb, Sashi Panja, Partha Pratim Hazari, Atin
Ghosh, Shamsuzzaman Ansari, Manjur Islam, Debashis Kumar and
Sanchita Mondol (all belonging to Trinamool).

The 141 councillors of the KMC had taken oath yesterday.

The new board has 95 members from Trinamool Congress, 10
from Congress, three from BJP and 33 from the Left Front.

The Trinamool Congress unseated the Left Front from power
in the KMC by sweeping the elections held on May 30, which was
billed as the `semi-final` before the West Bengal Assembly
polls next year.

PTI