Minakshi Behera elected uncontested as CMC Mayor

Cuttack: BJD corporator from ward number 45 Minakshi Behera has been elected uncontested as the Mayor of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) after she emerged as the lone candidate to file nomination for the post today.

Soon after the announcement, the newly elected Mayor extended greetings to BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik and three legislators of Cuttack-Debasis Samantray, Prabhat Biswal and Chandrasarathi Behera. She also promised a better governance for the citizens.

“First of all I would like to thank our party president Naveen Patnaik and three MLAs of Cuttack for their continuous support in this regard. Earlier, I was working only for my ward, but now I will be looking after the entire corporation. I will try my best to sort out the problems of common man with the cooperation of corporators”, Behera said.

The filing of nomination for the election was held between 10 am to 11 am. No one except Behera filed nomination for the post.

Earlier in the day, a meeting of all BJD corporators was held at Barabati-Cuttack MLA Debashish Samantaray’s house here. Cuttack-Choudwar MLA Pravat Biswal also attended the meeting.

The Orissa High Court on Thursday had cleared the hurdles in the way of the poll by rejecting the petition of Kanakalata Naik, an aspirant from Ward no 21, challenging the polls.

Naik had challenged the decision of the State Election Commission (SEC), which had fixed the polls for the mayor’s post on January 22 without waiting for the bypoll in ward 21, which had fallen vacant after the resignation of former mayor Anita Behera.

On January 14, a bench of Justice B K Nayak had asked the State Election Commission (SEC), the municipal administration director and the Urban Development department to file their replies by January 19. During the hearing of the case, the petitioner had prayed to the court seeking an interim stay on the mayor’s election, but the court had refused to entertain the plea.

In her petition, she had informed the court that it would be a violation of the Municipal Corporation Act 2003 if Mayor poll is held prior to the election for Corporator of Ward no 21, which is reserved for a SC woman.

The election became necessary after Anita Behera resigned from the post of mayor due to intense pressure from opposition parties after her name was found in the list of beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).