Bengaluru: B.N. Manjunath Reddy (Congress) has been elected BBMP Mayor and Hemalatha Gopalaiah the Deputy Mayor. Mr. Reddy secured 131 votes against 128 votes to the losing candidate.
Ms. Gopalaiah, a first-time councillor from Crushabhavathi Nagar (JDS), too secured 131 votes against 128. The members to 12 standing committees were elected unopposed. The members of these committees will in turn elect their presidents.
B.N. Manjunath Reddy, third-time councillor from Madiwala (Congress) and Hemalatha Gopalaiah, first-time councillor from Crushabhavathi Nagar (JDS) have filed nominations for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively.
Manjunath Raju, second-time councillor from Kadu Malleshwara Ward and H.C. Nagarathna from BJP jave also filed their nominations for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
BJP councillors arrived in two buses to the BBMP office led by R. Ashoka, former Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka. JDS councillors also arrived at the BBMP head office.
Chetan, a Congress councillor from Kodigehalli was earlier hospitalised after being diagnosed from dengue. Minister of Agriculture for State Krishna Byre Gowda is said to be bringing him to BBMP HQ straight from the hospital.