Monday, May 2, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Bangalore gets first Dalit woman mayor

Homemaker has a vision
Bangalore gets first Dalit woman mayor
Bangalore, April 29, DHNS

Shettyhalli corporator Sharadamma was on Friday elected unopposed
Bangalore's first Dalit woman mayor. Nagapura corporator S Harish is
the deputy mayor.

Sharadamma, 45, is the fifth woman mayor in the Bangalore Municipal
Corporation's history. Later, she expressed her resolve to tackle a
mountain of problems that have bogged down the Bruhat Bangalore
Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for long.

Once declared the chosen one, Sharadamma spoke about a vision for
Bangalore. But the problems that the City faces will have to be sorted
out through discussions. "These issues cannot be sorted out
overnight," she told Deccan Herald. She also vowed to give a facelift
to Bangalore without disturbing its identity.

Her apparent willingness to face the challenges ahead was echoed by
Home and Transport Minister R Ashoka, who is also in charge of
Bangalore. Ashoka hoped that a combination of a Dalit woman mayor, a
young deputy mayor and with an experienced politician like Nanjundappa
as the floor leader would help the growth of the City.
The new mayor said: "Th­ere are women from all communities who need
assistance for empowerment. I will help all of them."

Her statement was also a reflection of the overwhelming welcome she
received in the BBMP Council on Friday morning. A huge gathering,
including MLAs and MLCs, congratulated Sharadamma and Harish. Just a
year ago, Sharadamma was a homemaker content with her household

Standing panels
Eleven Standing Committee chairpersons and most members on the
committees will now have the not so envious distinction of having the
shortest term in BBMP history.
After the elections to the mayor and deputy mayor posts on Friday,
Minister R Ashoka said all chairpersons and most members from the BJP
will be replaced with fresh faces.
"I have been dissatisfied with the performance of the standing
committees, who could have done more for the City even in their short
duration. We will not be considering them for the upcoming chairperson
posts for the year 2011-12," he said.

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