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Mayor gets elected as councillor defeating BJP candidate

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

minister and city Mayor, Firhad Hakim, Wednesday registered a resounding victory in the by-election to a KMC ward by defeating his nearest BJP rival by a margin of 13,987 votes.

Hakim, TMC's candidate for by-poll to Ward 82 of (KMC), secured 16,564 votes whereas his nearest rival of BJP's Jiban Sen secured 2,577 votes.

While Sisir Dutta from the CPI secured 1,735 votes, candidate secured 537 votes.

"This is a victory of the people. I want to thank the masses. The TMC-run KMC would work for the development of the masses," Hakim said after the results were announced.

Hakim, the state's Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister, had been elected as the of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on December 3 by the KMC councillors, although Hakim himself was not a then.

According to the Act, which was amended in the winter session of the Assembly, a would have to get elected by voters as a within six months of being appointed to the post.

Election to the mayoral post became imperative following the resignation of from the post in November last year.

Chatterjee, who was also the housing and fire services minister, had resigned from the state Cabinet on November 20 and from the post of KMC on November 22.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 11:15 IST