Hyderabad, Feb 11 (IANS) Bonthu Rammohan, a youth leader of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), was on Thursday unanimously elected as the new mayor of Greater Hyderabad.
Baba Fasihuddin, a minority leader of the ruling party, was elected as the deputy mayor.
The two were elected during the first meeting of newly elected Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). With a huge majority of 99 in 150-member body, TRS bagged both the post of mayor and deputy mayor.
As no other nominations were received for the posts, presiding officer Rahul Bojja announced their unanimous election. Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), which emerged as the second largest party with 44 seats, extended its support to the unanimous election of the mayor and deputy mayor.
Rammohan is the president of the youth wing of TRS. Known as a strong loyalist of TRS president and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, he had actively participated in the Telangana movement. As many as 142 cases were booked against him during the movement and was in jail for four months.
The 42-year-old is the first mayor of Greater Hyderabad in the new state of Telangana. In GHMC elections held on February 2, he was elected as corporator from Cherlapally division.
Interestingly, Rammohan had spent four months in Cherlapally jail. Originally hailing from Warangal district of Telangana, he did LLB from Osmania University in Hyderabad and is currently doing PhD.
He was associated with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) before joining TRS in 2002.
Faishuddin, president of TRS’ student wing in Hyderabad, has been elected to GHMC from Borabanda division. The 34-year-old had actively participated in the Telangana movement and was arrested on many occasions.
KCR wanted to have a Muslim as the deputy mayor and he chose Fasihuddin from five Muslim corporators elected on TRS ticket.
TRS scored a landslide victory in GHMC elections. It had no presence in the previous body, whose term ended in 2014.
Congress and MIM had shared power in previous body. Congress had Banda Karthika as mayor for first two years while MIM’s Majid Hussain held the post for three years.