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Who will be Surat’s mayor? Here is the caste equation that may decide…

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Now that the BJP has won the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) elections the buzz in the party is who will be made Surat mayor. The first citizen of the city is appointed on a rotational basis. For the first 2.5 years, the mayor seat is reserved for a woman corporator while the rest of the 2.5 years is given to a male candidate.

What is interesting is that the BJP has this time not given tickets to those over 60 years of age and had already contested for three terms. This means the new mayor will be relatively less experienced in the SMC administration.

Surat that has domination of locals, Patidrars, and immigrants has a substantial population from Saurashtra. Usually, if a women candidate gets the mayor post then a male candidate is given the deputy mayor post.

Surat mayor contestants

One of the purported contestants is Surat City BJP president Niranjan Jhanjhmera who originally belongs to Saurashtra.

It is also being speculated that the BJP got a drubbing in Patidar-dominated wards and to appease the community the party may give a woman Patel corporator from Saurashtra the mayor post. This, the party hopes will help it mend bridges with the community in the 2022 Assembly elections.

If that is the case, the BJP’s Darshana Kothiya has a good chance. Earlier it was speculated that she would get a ticket for the Loksabha too but it proved wrong.

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The name of Hemali Bodhavwala is also being speculated, who originally belongs to Surat. Hemali has been a general secretary of Surat’s women’s wing and had served as the public transport committee chairman of SMC in the last term.

The deputy mayor is likely to be from a community that does not get the mayor post. However, the most powerful position remains the standing committee chairman who will control the Rs6000 cr worth of administration of the SMC.

The other posts in SMC

The only name that is reportedly in the fray is that of Paresh Patel who is believed to be extremely close to BJP Gujarat president CR Patil.

He is also the former president of the Chamber of Commerce and a syndicate member of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University.

 

 

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