GUNTUR: YSRC clinched Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) with thumping majority. YSRC bagged 44 seats in the 57 member council while TDP won just nine seats. Jana Sena won two corporators. Interestingly, two YSRC rebel candidates have also won the elections. Sources said that the two rebel candidates were keen to join the YSRC which could take the tally of YSRC in the council to 46.
Elections to the GMC were held after a gap of 11 years as there was no governing council since 2010. Sources said that YSRC leadership has promised Kavati Manohar and Padarthi Ramesh Gandhi to make Mayor in two equal terms. It is however, party supremo YS Jagan would take the final call as to who would get the first chance. While Manohar belongs to Kapu community, Gandhi belongs to Vysya community.
Sources said that the chief minister YS Jagan reported to have directed the district in-charge minister Cherukuvada Srirangantha Raju to go with vysya candidate for mayor post if the opportunity was not given to the community in any other corporations. He believed to have told that all the upper-caste communities should be accommodated in the unreserved category seats.
Municipal administration minister Botch Satyanarayana said that the candidates for mayors and chairpersons would be decided in a couple of days. He said that party would finalise the lists after consultations with the local legislators. He, however, said that the chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy would clear the final list. The elections to the mayor and deputy mayors would be held on March, 18.