first_imgKolkata: Firhad Hakim became a councillor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Wednesday, after a landslide victory in the ward 82 by-election, defeating his nearest rival from BJP by over 13,000 votes.He will take the oath of secrecy as a councillor on Thursday, which will be conducted by KMC chairperson Mala Roy. Hakim was nominated as the Mayor by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, after Sovan Chatterjee resigned from the post in 2018. As per the KMC Act, Hakim had to become a councillor to become the Mayor. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe by-election became necessary after the sitting Trinamool councillor of ward 82 Pranab Biswas resigned on health grounds. Hakim said: “People have supported the development projects taken up by Mamata Banerjee. I dedicate my victory to Ma, Mati, Manus. I will do my level best to serve the people of Kolkata.” Hakim defeated BJP candidate Jiban Sen by 13,987 votes. Sen got 2,577 votes, being a distant second. The CPI candidate got 1,735 votes, while the Congress candidate got 537 votes in the bypoll. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPranab Biswas had defeated his rival by around 7,000 votes in 2015, a margin which has been nearly doubled by Hakim. Hakim was elected as a councillor in 2000. Later, he became member, Mayor-in-Council (Road) in 2010. He resigned to become an MLA in 2011. “I have been working with the people of Chetla over the past four decades. They know that they will get me by their side in times of need. I was born in this area and many people have seen me growing up,” Hakim said. Hakim is known as a hard task master. After becoming Mayor he has taken up several important steps, which include preparing schemes to collect house tax arrears, amounting to around Rs 4,000 crore. He has also decided to take up a drive against illegal billboards in the city. As the Municipal Affairs ministers, Hakim has replaced all the garbage vats in the city by compactors.last_img

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