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Mayor, Deputy Mayor lose their divisions

Staff Reporter

26 divisions reserved for women in Corporation council elections

KOCHI: C.M. Dinesh Mani, Kochi Mayor, and A.V. George, Deputy Mayor, are among the prominent members of the Corporation council who have lost their divisions in the lucky draw to decide the women reservation constituencies.

The director of Urban Affairs selected the women reservation divisions on Tuesday by draw-of-lots. Twenty-six divisions in the 71-member council have been reserved for women in the impending civic polls. The new council will also have a woman as the Mayor. Mr. Mani's division has been reserved for SC/ST woman.

The other prominent members who have lost their divisions are K.D. Vincent, Town Planning Standing Committee chairman, T.J. Vinod, former deputy Mayor, P.N. Seenulal, former Town Planning Standing committee chairman, and N. Venugopal, former Leader of the Opposition the council.

Mr. Venugopal lost nearly half of his present division as the Wellingdon Island North has been carved out to form a woman reservation constituency.

Women divisions

The divisions that have been reserved for women in the next Corporation council are the following: Island North, Cheralai, Thamannam, Kunnumpuram, Elamakara North, Nambiapuram, Manassery, Ponnurunni East, Kalvathy, Ponekkara, Fort Kochi, Tharebhagam, Chakkamadam, Kathrikadavu, Ernakulam North, Palarivattom, Perumpadappu, Gandhi Nagar, Karipalam, Karuvelipady, Kochangadi, Elamkulam, Chakkaraparambu, Kade Bhagam (SC/ST woman), Chalikkavattom (SC/ST woman) and Iraveli.

The authorities have reserved 13 of the 26 divisions in West Kochi for women in the ensuing civic polls.

Meanwhile, the 7th ward of the Kochi Corporation in West Kochi, represented by Shyamala S. Prabhu of BJP, has been reserved for women for the next term.

Ms. Prabhu won the division, which was a general ward last time. The division was reserved for women in 1988.

Councillors' protest

Several councillors protested against the "indiscriminate" reservation of seats for women at the Corporation council meeting that was held on Tuesday. Tony Chamminy, representing the 60th division in the present council, has filed a complaint with the State Election Commission against the conversion of his division into a women reservation division.

N. Venugopal complained that the voters list, which was mandatory for the conduct of the election, was not published. He wanted the council to record its protest against the improper conduct of the election.

T.J. Vinod said that the people were not allotted time to point out the discrepancies in selecting the reservation divisions. The State Election Commission and the State Government failed to do its duty regarding the poll preparations, said P.N. Seenulal.

N. Anilkumar wanted the Corporation to ensure its role in the proposed Metro Railway project. He also suggested that the council should canvass for suburban railway project in the city.

In his reply, the Mayor said that the participation of the Kochi Corporation would be ensured in the Metro Railway project.

The DMRC officials had held discussions with the Mayor at his chamber regarding the project, he said. The State Government would soon organise a meeting in the city regarding the implementation of the project, he said.

The council would seek the support of the city police in controlling the speeding private buses, he said. Mr. Mani told the council that it would meet on August 25 at 3.30 p.m. before its term ends.

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