K Chandrasekhar Rao says panel will pick Mayor

Sources said the TRS would claim the mayor's post and may give the deputy mayor's post to its ally, the MIM.

Hyderabad: The TRS will finalise its nominees for the post of mayor and deputy mayor on Saturday or Sunday. This was revealed by TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao and IT minister K.T. Rama Rao on Friday.

“Everything has to be decided by the committee comprising city ministers and leaders. I alone can’t take a decision. People gave us a huge verdict and we will live up to their expectations,” the CM said.

Asked when would the names of the mayor and deputy mayor be announced, he said, “In a day or two. The committee will meet and decide. We will consider all aspects before selecting the mayor and deputy mayor.”

Sources said the TRS would claim the mayor’s post and may give the deputy mayor’s post to its ally, the MIM.

The CM asserted that the city ministers would ensure that the GHMC was corruption-free and all its corporators follow the party manifesto in letter and spirit.

Meanwhile, hectic lobbying has begun for the mayor and deputy mayor posts.

D. Ramamohan, who won from Cherlapally and played a key role in the Telangana movement, is the frontrunner, while names like G. Vijayalaxmi, daughter of party secretary-general K. Kesava Rao and others are doing the rounds.

KCR allows Narayana to keep his ear
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday said that he would take CPI leader K. Narayana's comments sportingly.

“I wouldn't like to see Narayana with one ear. I want to see him with two ears. I appeal to the youth not to take on Narayana in this regard. I will take his challenge sportingly and leave the issue at that," Mr Chandrasekhar Rao said.

Mr Narayana had challenged that he would cut off one of his ears if the TRS won an absolute majority in the GHMC elections.

Nothing wrong with ordinance, says CM
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao defended his government’s decision to promulgate an Ordinance enabling MLCs from other parts of the state as ex-officio members of the GHMC if they are enrolled as voters in Hyderabad.

“It’s nothing new. Right from Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy to Kiran Kumar Reddy, everyone had done it. But it may not be needed now,” the CM said.

Asked about the High Court questioning the government action, he said that the court had pointed to procedures and there was nothing against the government.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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