Bengaluru: With the High Court directing the state government to give the post of mayor and deputy mayor to Scheduled Tribe (ST) for 2013-14, the ruling party BJP is caught in a bind. The high court has also asked the government to go on appeal before a single-judge bench.
Though the Bharatiya Janata Party is in majority in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council, the party doesn’t have a single ST candidate and will have to give away one of the positions to Congress.
The Congress party is already celebrating the high court verdict. The party is confident that the single-judge bench would not reverse the order. Party insiders said the Congress is aiming for the mayor’s post and not the deputy.
The petitioner, Lokesh Nayak, who is a Congress corporator from Neelasandra ward, contended that justice has not been done to ST candidates at the BBMP. For social justice, the mayor’s post has to be given to an ST candidate, he contended.
The Congress has two candidates representing ST community — Lokesh Nayak and Indira (Byatarayanapura ward). Prior to the assembly polls when the state was being ruled by the BJP government, the mayor’s post category was changed from general (women) to general (both men and women) to favour a senior corporator Katte Satyanarayana representing Basavanagudi ward.
But this had created confusion among BJP corporators. Congress sources aid Nayak is likely to get the mayor’s post as he enjoys the support of Rahul Gandhi, vice-president, All India Congress Committee (AICC).