Exclusive interview: Padmavati set to be the 50th Mayor of Bengaluru
G Padmavati has been the Corporator of Prakash Nagar (Ward No. 98) four times now. Her win had been all but assured thanks to a pre-agreed coalition between the Congress and the JD(S) for these elections. Congress party leaders had two rounds of meetings before officially selecting her as the candidate.
However, as a result of the Supreme Court verdict on the Cauvery water issue on Wednesday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah could not announce the Congress mayoral candidate. He instead travelled to Bidar to tour flood-affected areas and held meetings over the Cauvery.
She spoke to Suvarna News in an exclusive interview.
When asked about representing Congress for the Mayoral position, she said, "Congress is a national party with a history of 120 years. Obviously, there will be many aspirants for this position. Also, this is a BC(B) (Backward Community) woman reservation position. Sowmya Shivakumar from Congress was also considered for the position."
Speaking on the coalition with the JD(S), Padmavati said, "The CM instructs us about our responsibilities after the official announcement. We have witnessed coalition governance at the national and state-level politics also. It isn't difficult for us to form a coalition governance at the corporation level. With the help of the CM, I plan to make an example of good governance in my term."
"During my one-year term as a mayor, I’ll serve the people of this city. I have the confidence that I’ll live upto to their expectations," Padmavati signed off.