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Litmus test for JDS-Congress alliance in Mysuru mayoral election

Litmus test for JDS-Congress alliance in Mysuru mayoral election

Shrivibhavana   ¦    Nov 08, 2018 04:49:40 PM (IST)

Litmus test for JDS-Congress alliance in Mysuru mayoral election-1

Mysuru: The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) mayor and deputy mayor election will be held on November 17. Mysuru regional commissioner V Yeshvant has issued a notification in this regard after a meeting with Mysuru DC Abhiram G Shankar and other officers. The election is expected to be a litmus test for the JDS-Congress alliance with both the parties claiming the mayoral post.

The election for the 65 seats of the MCC was held on August 31 and the result was announced on September 4. In the absence of pre-poll alliance between the JDS and the Congress, the BJP emerged as the single largest party by winning 22 seats followed by the Congress which won 19 seats. The JDS secured the third position with 18 seats.

Independents emerged as victorious in 5 seats while the BSP bagged one seat. The mayor post has been reserved for a woman (General Category) and the deputy mayor ’s post has been reserved for the BC(A) category. If the votes of the MLAs, MLCs and the MP are added, the total number of voters for the mayor and deputy mayor will reach 74.

Both the JDS and the Congress local leaders are claiming the mayor post. Tourism minister S R Mahesh has made it clear that with the JDS extending unconditional support for the Congress in BBMP mayor election, in Mysuru Congress must support the JDS. "If the BSP and rebel corporators are considered, the JDS will have more corporators in the MCC compared to the Congress. So naturally, we must get the mayor post," he stated.

But according to the Congress sources, the party has already communicated to the JDS leadership that there is no question of leaving the mayor post. "We won highest seats in MCC election compared to the JDS. So we must get mayor post," said a senior party leader.