Guntur: It took nearly 16 years for Kavati Manohar Naidu to realise his dream of becoming the city’s mayor. His joy knew no bounds when he wore the mayor’s gown soon after getting elected as ‘first citizen’ of the city on Thursday.
Manohar was a strong contender when the Congress decided to spare the post for Kapu community in 2005. However, Kanna Lakshminarayana, then a minister in YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s cabinet, succeeded in getting his son Nagaraju appointed as mayor under Kapu quota.
Manohar joined YSRC along with his local mentor and senior leader Lella Appireddy soon after YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the party. He worked as the new party’s youth wing president and was subsequently appointed as Pedakurapadu assembly constituency in-charge.
He lobbied for assembly ticket in the 2019 elections, but Jagan decided to go with Namburu Sankara Rao. Upset with the development, Manohar’s followers threatened to quit the party. However, senior party leaders including Botcha Satyanarayana pacified him and promised him that his services would be rewarded once the party came to power.
“I owe a lot to chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. He kept his promise and has given me an opportunity to serve the people of Guntur,” said Manohar after taking over the reins of the city’s civic body. He said he would soon chalk out developmental plans for the city as per the chief minister’s vision, adding that he would put the city’s development on the fast track with the support of legislators and corporators.
Guntur Municipal Corporation has got a new governing council after nearly 12 years as elections were not held after the expiry of the previous council’s term in 2009.
District collector Vivek Yadav presided over the swearing-in ceremony of the new corporators at the GMC council hall in the presence of SEC observer Lakshminarasimham. GMC commissioner C Anuradha conducted the proceedings. YSRC corporator Vanama Balavajra Babu was elected as deputy mayor. Home minister M Sucharitha, legislators Mustafa, Maddali Giri and KS Lakshman Rao attended the session.
The ruling YSRC won 45 seats in the 57-member council. TDP got nine seats, while Jana Sena won one seat. The remaining two seats were won by YSRC rebels.