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Hakim elected Kolkata mayor

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

on Monday became the first Muslim since independence to be elected as the

Hakim secured 121 votes in the 144-member Municipal Corporation (KMC) to win the BJP's bagged five votes, while 12 Left Front and two councillors had boycotted the election.

The result of the election, conducted through secret ballots, was announced by the civic body's municipal secretary, It was necessitated following the resignation of from the post on November 22.

Hakim, who also holds the portfolio of municipal affairs, said his victory was also a "moral defeat" for the BJP.

Purohit had claimed last week that she would receive more votes than her party's strength in the KMC, hinting at a possibility of cross-voting. The election results, however, indicated that there was no cross-voting.

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

After being elected the 29th of the city since independence, Hakim said he should be known by his work and not by his religion and spelt out various development initiatives.

"I will work for the development and beautification of the city. I will work towards making the city pollution-free," he said.

Hakim said the people would get tax rebates if they took up efforts to plant trees in their houses. He also stressed on waste management and recycling to keep the city clean.

The new also announced a WhatsApp number, asking the citizens to inform about their problems and come up with suggestions to improve the

Steps would be taken to ensure that there was no waterlogging in the city during heavy rainfall, he said.

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

Hakim, was chosen as the mayor designate by the Trinamool (TMC) councillors on November 22 in the presence of Chief

Talking to media after the announcement of the poll results, Hakim's predecessor Chatterjee extended his best wishes to the new mayor. "I am sure the KMC will function well under the leadership of the new mayor," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 20:55 IST