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New Delhi Correspondent
West Bengal’s Urban Development Minister and Trinamool Congress candidate Firhad Hakim, a close of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, was on Monday elected the Mayor of Kolkata defeating the BJP challenger.
Hakim secured 121 votes in the 144-member Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) as against five by BJP challenger Meena Devi, announced by the civic body’s Municipal Secretary Harihar Prasad Mondal. Twelve Left Front and two Congress councillors boycotted the election. Last week, CPI(M) councillor Bilquis Begum had moved the Calcutta High Court, challenging Hakim’s election on the ground that he was not a councillor from any ward of the civic body but the high court on Friday refused to stay the election.
Ruling Trinamool Congress has 122 seats in the KMC House, the Left Front 14, the BJP five, the Congress two while one seat is vacant.
Hakim was chosen as the mayoral candidate following Sovan Chatterjee’s resignation from the post. Chatterjee had recently courted controversy over his alleged extra-marital relationship.