Two weeks after a BJP-led government took over in Assam, the ruling party has captured the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), with its councillor Mrigen Sarania elected as the new city mayor.
The Congress, which had won the GMC elections two years ago, had lost majority after one of its councillors, Nilakshi Talukdar, resigned from the party during the Assembly polls, bringing the party’s strength in the 30-member Corporation to 15.
It was further reduced to a minority when the BJP and AGP won four city constituencies in the Assembly polls. The four MLAs and the Guwahati Lok Sabha MP have one vote each in the corporation.
“It is a historic moment for the BJP, which has taken over the only municipal corporation of the state without an election. Our party, which has been given a massive mandate by the people in the Assembly elections, will work towards development of Guwahati city,” said senior BJP leader and Minister for Guwahati Development Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“The BJP is also going to take control of the NC Hills Autonomous Council soon,” he added.
While Mrigen Sarania was elected Mayor uncontested, Nilakshi Kalita Medhi was elected the new Deputy Mayor without any opposition. Jalukbari MLA Sarma and Guwahati (East) MLA Siddhartha Bhattacharyya were also present during the election.