Chennai gets ready for woman mayor after 44 years

Chennai gets ready for woman mayor after 44 years

The Chennai Corporation is to get a woman mayor this year after a gap of 44 years since this has been reserved for women candidates in the ensuing local body elections.

According to informed government sources, the corporations of Chennai, Vellore, Salem, Coimbatore, Thanjavur and Dindigul will likely have women mayors sitting at the helm, once the local body polls slated for next month conclude.

However, sources from these local bodies said that there has not been any official communication in this regard.  During 1971-72, Kamakshi Jayaraman was the Chennai Mayor. After a gap of 44 years, Chennai is gearing up to have a woman mayor.

Unlike in 2011, Chennai will have a mayor nominated from the party with a majority of the council seats, as the Tamil Nadu government, in June, passed a bill which scrapped direct elections.

Since for the first time 50 per cent reservation is being implemented for women in all local bodies, many of the local body posts which were held by men so far have gone to women this time. During the 2011 local body elections, 33 per cent of posts were reserved for women.

The last DMK mayor of the Greater Chennai Corporation, M Subramanian, said he was happy if the government chose to reserve Chennai’s mayoralty for women. “They [AIADMK] have readied their [mayor] choices before selecting which cities will be reserved. Their district secretaries are single-handedly taking the decision of which cities will have a woman mayor,” Subramanian said.