New Delhi, Dec 1: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Sanyukta Bhatia won the mayoral post in Lucknow Nagar Nigam elections. Sanyukta Bhatia has now become the first woman mayor of Lucknow Nagar Nigam in 100 years after the Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act came into being in 1916. Bhatia defeated Samajwadi Party’s Meera Vardhan and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Bulbul Godiyal. The counting of votes for election result of Lucknow Municipal Corporation was held on Friday. The Lucknow Nagar Nigam went to polls in the second phase of Nagar Nikay Chunav in Uttar Pradesh.
A woman had never before been elected as mayor of Lucknow Nagar Nigam. This year, the mayoral seat was reserved for a woman and BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia was elected as mayor. “Our time has come,” Bhatia had said ahead of the election. Although Uttar Pradesh got first woman governor and first Chief Minister decades ago, the city of Nawabs took 100 years to break the glass ceiling.
In 1948, the Uttar Pradesh government changed the electoral nature of the local body and introduced the concept of administrator and Bhairav Datt Sanwal (ICS) was appointed to the post. In 1959, the UP Municipalities Act, 1916, was replaced by the Uttar Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, paving the way for the formation of the municipal corporation (nagar mahapalika) in Lucknow on February 1, 1960. It was on the intervention of the Allahabad High Court in 1989 that the government announced local bodies polls.
An amendment in the Constitution accorded the status of municipal corporation to Lucknow’s local body retrospectively from May 31, 1994. Provisions were made in the Municipality Act of 1959 to allow citizens to elect a mayor. Provision of reservation to women, SCs, STs and OBCs was also made on a rotational basis.
(With PTI inputs)