Majlis-e-Ittehadul Musli-meen (MIM) leader Akb-aruddin Owaisi on Friday made it clear to the Con-gress that the party would like to take over the seat of the Mayor for the next two years. The Congress’ Banda Kartika Reddy completes two years in office on December 4. Mr Owaisi met AP Con-gress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana and asked him to honour the seat-sharing agreement between the alliance partners.
As per the pact, the post of Mayor will be held for the first two years by the Congress and the next two years by the MIM. The fifth will go to the Congress again, an understanding reached between the two parties after the GHMC polls in 2009. Sources said Mr Satyana-rayana discussed the possibility of the Congress continuing in the Mayor’s seat for three years in a row, instead of taking it back in the final year. The MIM can then hold the post for the remaining two years. Mr Owaisi, however, told this newspaper after the meeting with the PCC chief that his party does not wa-nt to wait for another year.DC