Whose city is Hyderabad? GHMC gears up for polls అక్టోబర్ 30, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Congress, elections, G.O 610, GHMC, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, politics, TDP, TRS.
GHMC polls on November 23
Times of India, 29 October 2009
HYDERABAD: The state election commission on Wednesday announced the much-awaited schedule for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections for which voting will take place on November 23.
This will be the first electoral test for the state Congress under new chief minister K Rosaiah. As per the scheduled announced by SEC commissioner A V S Reddy, nominations for the polls will be accepted from October 31 to November 6. November 10 will be the last date of withdrawals and polling will take place on November 23. The results will be announced on November 26 and the newly-elected 150 councillors will elect the mayor and deputy mayor on December 6.
This will be the first election for the GHMC since it was created in 2007. The 150 wards of GHMC are spread across five Lok Sabha and 25 assembly constituencies. The LS constituencies are Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Malkajgiri and parts of Chevella and Medak.
The last elections to the civic body was held in 2002 when it was known as Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad and had a strength of 100 members. At that time, the Telugu Desam government was in power in the state. The elections in 2002 were held after a gap of 15 years. The MIM emerged as the single largest party winning 36 divisions, the TDP-BJP combine secured 37 divisions, Congress 20 divisions, TRS and Majlis Bachao Tahreek 2 each, and Telangana Sadhana Samiti and independent one each
MIM eyeing Mayor’s post
The Hindu, 29 October 2009
Party receives 332 applications for the 150 divisions
Hyderabad: ‘Shaher hamara, Mayor hamara’. That’s what the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) is going to town with. The party has set its sights on the coveted Mayoral gaddi in the next month’s civic polls.
The Majlis confidence stems from the fact that a good number of municipal divisions fall under its bastion. However, the Congress with its 30 ex-officio members is in an enviable position to secure the Mayorship. The Majlis is aware of this and is therefore planning to annex a large number of divisions on its own. It views the sudden death of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, as a great setback to the Congress. “It has no charismatic leader to campaign in the city,” says Majlis president Asaduddin Owaisi.
Sought after: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi surrounded by ticket aspirants for the GHMC polls at the party office on Thursday (Photo: P.V. Sivakumar)
The BJP, he feels, is also in a disadvantageous position. Having supported unsuccessfully the Telugu Desam parliamentary candidate of Hyderabad, Zahid Ali Khan, the party’s vote bank in the city is totally decimated. The Majlis has also completed the exercise of receiving applications almost two months ago.
It has received a total of 332 applications for the 150 divisions and is not entertaining any new applications. “We will give good representation to women, SC, ST and BC candidates,” Mr. Asaduddin said. On Thursday, he held a first round of consultation with the party legislators at Darussalam. They were given the task of ensuring the success of party candidates in their respective constituencies. It is decided to kick off the party’s election campaign with a huge public meeting on November 1 at Dargah Yousufain in Nampally. There will be regular public meetings and padayatras thereafter.
The Majlis promises to ensure development of neglected areas, rationalise property tax and hasten the Building Regularisation Scheme.