Asit Vora unanimously elected new city mayor

To mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel

Asit Vora, a five-time BJP councillor from Maninagar and outgoing chairman of the AMC standing committee, was unanimously elected mayor of Ahmedabad on Sunday. He succeeded Kanaji Thakor.

Deputy mayor's post went to Dudheshwar Councillor Darshana Vaghela whereas Gautam Shah was appointed AMC BJP leader.

In the Congress, Behrampura Councillor Badruddin Shaikh was named the Leader of the Opposition. The practice of having a deputy leader has been revived with the appointment of Naranbhai Patel for the post. Archana Makwana was made Congress party whip. The names of other elected office-bearers will be announced in the next general board meeting.

Earlier in the day, the new Gandhi Hall, which was jam-packed, saw a saffron surge at the time of mayoral election with all the men BJP councillors sporting saffron turbans and white clothes while women party councillors wore specially made saffron saris with BJP's symbol — lotus — printed on it.

Interestingly, the BJP did not follow its favourite 'vijay muhurt' of 12.39 pm as the takeover ceremony started an hour early. Following his election as mayor, Vora said he would ensure a transparent administration in line with the BJP resolve to transform the city through revolution in infrastructure development, employment generation and environmental preservation. Besides, the common man would get basic amenities like 100 per cent water supply, drains, stone paving, streetlights and storm water drains to their best levels, he added.

Vora listed a number of ongoing welfare and infrastructure projects in the city, including the riverfront, BRTS and Kankaria lake as well as kids' city, but refrained from announcing new projects other than the ones mentioned in its election manifesto. He also took note of the performance of Municipal Commissioner I P Gautam and his team of officials in the well defined directions. He urged the Opposition to work closely with the ruling party in Ahmedabad's development at a time when the city had come to compete with other world-class cities.

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