Hyderabad: Corporators from Cherlapally Bonthu Rammohan Rao, and Borabanda, Baba Fasiuddin MD were on Thursday unanimously elected the Greater Hyderabad mayor and deputy mayor respectively by the newly-elected corporators and ex-officio members at the GHMC council hall.
TRS corporator Kavitha proposed Mr Rammohan’s name for the mayor’s post and Shashi Kumar proposed Mr Fasiuddin’s name.
Earlier, their names were announced by IT minister K.T. Rama Rao at the party corporators’ meeting at Telangana Bhavan,
TRS ally MIM supported the candidatures and presiding officer Rahul Bojja announced their unanimous election.
“I thank Chief Minister KCR garu and KTR garu for selecting me as mayor. It’s a historic occasion since an ordinary worker like me has been selected for the mayor post. I am indebted to both of them,” Mr Rammohan told DC.
He added, “It has been proved once again that those who serve the party sincerely are rewarded. People have shown immense faith in KCR’s leadership and his administrative capabilities in the last 18 months.”
Mr Rammohan said that clogged traffic, roads, drainage system and other problems that were neglected in the past would be his priority.
“The drainage system was designed for 30-lakh population, while the city has grown rapidly and it is insufficient. Hyderabad should be slum-less city and must have signal-less traffic movement,” he said.
After their election, the mayor and deputy mayor called on the CM and sought his blessings.
Earlier, Mr Rama Rao held a breakfast meet with the newly-elected TRS corporators that was attended by all the city ministers, K. Kesava Rao, D. Srinivas and others.
Loyalty defines mayor, deputy
From a T-activist hitting the streets at the drop of a hat to becoming the first mayor of Hyderabad in the new state, it has been a long journey for Bonthu Rammohan Rao.
At 43, with several degrees in his kitty, he unabashedly worships Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his family, as is evident by an array of posters after the TRS’ thumping victory hailing the CM, his son, and the party; his 60-kg cake on Mr Rao’s 60th birthday and other instances.
Born on June 5, 1973, at Nerada in Korivi mandal of Warangal district, Mr Rammohan did his LLB in Warangal and MA, LLM (PhD) from Osmania University.
Affable, he always addresses party leaders and mediapersons alike with “Anna”.
He is not just the TRS youth wing chief, but also a close confidant of Mr Rao. Many party leaders describe him as “a family member of KCR, just like Balka Suman”.
Though he eyed the TSRTC chairman’s post, Mr Rao had other ideas, and nudged him to contest from Cherlapally division.
“I never dreamt of being named for this august post. I stood by KCR during thick and thin and obeyed party orders. It only shows sincere party workers are duly rewarded,” Mr Rammohan said.
Hailing from backward Munnurkapu community he is married to Sridevi Yadav and has two children, Kujita, 9, and Upasri, 5.
Deputy mayor Baba Fasiuddin heads the TRS’ student wing, and this was the first election he contested.
A commerce graduate, Mr Fasiuddin too played a key role in the Telangana movement as well as in the student and youth wings of the TRS. His family hails from Pocharam mandal of Medak district.
His mother was an employee in the Osmania General Hospital and his father retired from government service. Mr Fasiuddin has a son and a daughter.