Even if the Congress decides to vacate the seat in a day or two, the city will get its new Mayor only by December end or later. The GHMC secretary M.S.S. Somaraju said that as per the GHMC Act, a change can be affected only when the Mayor resigns or through a no-confidence motion. And a no-confidence motion cannot be moved until the Mayor completes four years in office. If the Mayor submits her resignation on the directions of the party, a special council meeting will be convened where a majority of 150 corporators have to accept the resignation.
If accepted, the GHMC will write to the State Election Commission, that will appoint an election authority and announce the schedule for conducting the elections to the post. The Mayor will be elected by a show of hands in the GHMC general body meeting. The entire exercise may take 40 days from the time the Mayor quits. Ms Kartika Reddy said she has not received any communication from the party. “I will abide by the party decision,” she said.
Mr Akbaruddin Owaisi told this newspaper that the MIM does not want to wait for another year. “We had given letters to the PCC president and the Chief Minister a month ago to get the Mayor’s seat vacated as per the agreement. There is a lot of talk about the fifth and final year, but I made it clear that MIM would like to take over the Mayoral seat from here onwards,” he said. The PCC chief was to meet the CM later on Friday evening and discuss the seat-sharing issue and inform the MIM accordingly.DC