The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Sanyukta Bhatia was yesterday sworn in as the first woman mayor of the Uttar Pradesh capital.
Along with her, 110 newly-elected corporators were also administered the oath of office in the presence of a large number of their supporters, party workers and family members.
Soon after taking oath, Bhatia said her top priority was to improve the cleanliness rankings of the state capital adding that the corporation would seek all support and help from the state government for the faster development of the city.
She also sought more powers to the civic body and the mayor as well as the implementation of the Constitution’s 74th Amendment. Bhatia also hinted that the municipal corporation would soon crack down on encroachments on roads.
Other newly-elected mayors of Allahabad, Ghaziabad, Ayodhya and Meerut were also sworn in at different ceremonies.
Abhilasha Gupta Nandi took over as the new mayor of Allahabad. Asha Sharma took oath as Ghaziabad mayor at the city’s Ramlila Ground along with her team.
Divisional Commissioner Prabhat Kumar administered the oath of office to Sharma, while the new mayor administered the oath to the other councillors.
Rishikesh Upadhyaya took oath as mayor of Ayodhya. This was the first time that the temple town got a mayor after Faizabad was declared a municipal corporation.
Upadhyaya was sworn in by Commissioner Manoj Mishra, in the presence of hundreds of his supporters, BJP workers and officials.
The Samajwadi Party boycotted the ceremony alleging “saffronisation”.
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