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Firhad Hakim elected Kolkata mayor

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

and TMC candidate on Monday secured 121 votes in the 144-member Municipal Corporation (KMC) to win the

The result of the mayoral election, conducted through a secret-ballot system, was announced by the civic body's municipal secretary,

BJP candidate Meena Devi Purohit, who contested the polls against Hakim, bagged five votes. Twelve Left Front and two councillors boycotted the election.

Last week, CPI(M) had moved the Calcutta High Court, challenging Hakim's election on the ground that he was not a from any ward of the civic body. The high court on Friday refused to stay the election.

The ruling TMC has 122 seats in the KMC House, the Left Front 14, the BJP five, the two, while one seat remains vacant. Sources said one gave Monday's election a miss due to ill health.

Hakim, who is also the urban development and municipal affairs minister, was chosen as the designate by Trinamool (TMC) councillors, following Sovan Chatterjee's resignation from the post.

Chatterjee visited the in New Market area of the city to cast his vote.

Talking to media after the announcement of the results, Chatterjee extended his best wishes to Hakim. "I am sure the KMC will function well under the leadership of the new

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 15:55 IST