By S.N.Venkatnag Sobers
Not every person can become a politician, but once a person decides to enter politics, he/she has to be active round-the-clock to respond to the problems of the public and supporters. Politicians, who are always busy, get very little time to spend the time with the families and friends as they are always executing their duties to please the voters and gain their confidence. The recently concluded elections to Mysore City Corporation (MCC) witnessed some new faces being elected for the first time, while a few of the sitting Corporators were re-elected for the good work they had done in their respective constituencies. Be it former Mayors Ayub Khan (Congress), Sandesh Swamy (JD-S), H.N. Srikantaiah (Ind.) or Pushpalatha Chikkanna (Cong.), all of them got a thumping victory. But in case of Ayub Khan, he has set a record by winning the election with the highest margin — 3,600 votes against his nearest rival Riyazuddin (SDPI) who managed to secure only 643 votes. Even M.V. Ramprasad (BJP) and C. Madesh (JD-S) won with comfortable leads against their nearest rivals. This apart, both Ayub Khan and Sandesh Swamy set a record by completing a hattrick as they were elected three times consecutively; not to forget the achievements of K.T. Cheluvegowda (JD-S), who has been elected to the Council for the 4th time in a row and is a prime contender for the Mayor’s post.
The MCC polls also saw 23-year-old Tasneem, a housewife, who got elected from Congress ticket from Ward 40. She is the youngest person to be elected as a Corporator during the recently concluded election. Star of Mysore gives an insight into plans of the top six Corporators who have emerged victorious with highest margins.
Ayub Khan (Ward 52)
Ayub Khan is a Corporator who won the poll on Congress ticket. He has set a record by winning with the highest margin of 3,600 votes. During the previous MCC polls, Ayub Khan had won with a margin of around 3,400 votes. But this time, the lead has increased by a margin of 200 votes. The former Mayor has also completed hattrick by winning from the same Ward 3 times in a row. Speaking to Star of Mysore, former Mayor Ayub Khan said that he was happy for being elected three times in a row and thanked the voters and the party for showing faith in him.
“I want my Ward to be a model Ward in Mysore city. There is a lot more work to be done in the Ward. I thank the voters and party for having trusted me and given me an opportunity to serve them,” he said.
Shivamadu (Ward 28)
Shivamadu is a first time Corporator who won the election on Congress ticket. Shivamadu, who contested the polls for the second time managed to win the election with a margin of 2,484 votes which makes him third among the Corporators who have won the with highest margins in the MCC polls. Shivamadu, who had lost the previous election by a margin of more than 800 votes, emerged victorious with a margin of more than 2,000 votes this time.
“Currently I am learning about problems related to drinking water, roads, street lights and others in my Ward. People have voted for me with expectations to solve their problems. I will honestly work towards this in the next 5 years,” he said.
M.V. Ramprasad (Ward 6)
M. V. Ramprasad is a second time Corporator who won the election on BJP ticket with a margin of 2,323 votes compared to around 1,800 votes margin in the previous election to the MCC.
Ramprasad said he was happy for being elected for the second time in a row. “My responsibility has increased. People have voted seeing my work in the previous term. There are several programmes which I want to take up in this term. Projects such as training unemployed youth, construction of meeting hall for women self-help groups and other works will be taken up in this term,” he said.
M. Shivanna (Ward 26)
M. Shivanna is a Corporator who has won the elections on JD(S) ticket second time in a row. Shivanna stands second in terms of corporators elected with highest margin in the recent elections to MCC. He won by a thumping margin of 2,862 votes.
During the previous election, Shivanna had won the election with a margin of more than 1,800 but this time he has managed to increase the margin by a margin of more than 1,000 votes.
Speaking about this achievement, Shivanna said the result was a big relief and added that he would work for the welfare of the people. “People in my Ward were educated about the works being done during my previous term. There is lot more work to be which will be completed in the next 5 years term,” he added.
C. Ramesh (Ward 38)
C. Ramesh is a first time Corporator who has been elected on JD(S) ticket.
Ramesh has been elated over his victory which makes him the fourth Corporator to win the election with the highest margin. Ramesh won the election with a margin of 2,472 votes against his nearest rival who managed to secure a mere 819 votes.
Speaking to SOM, Ramesh said he was thankful to the voters for showing faith and electing him to MCC. He said that the Ward had problems related to drinking water which has to be addressed immediately and added that he was currently touring his Ward to assess the situation and learn about the problems being faced by the residents.
C. Madesh (Ward 32)
C. Madesh is a second time Corporator who won the MCC election on JD(S) ticket, with a margin of 2,258 votes.
“I thank the people for electing me for the second term. There is a lot more work to be done in the next five years. The vote margin would have been much more if some names were not deleted from the voters’ list. I am also an aspirant for the Mayor’s post. It depends on the party high command’s decision. In case I am given the responsibility, I will work hard to make the city much more beautiful”, said Madesh.
Courtesy : Star Of Mysore