These women are gearing up to solve civic problems

Their husbands were found with a broad smile, basking in publicity

These women are gearing  up to solve civic problems

Apart from expressing gratitude to their local MLAs for selecting them, all the winners unfailingly attribute their victory to their spouses. The husbands, spotted with them at counting booths, were invariably found with a broad smile, basking in the publicity.   
Meeting the new women councillors and assessing their priorities for their wards made for an interesting session. While some clearly referred to solving of water crisis and empowerment of women as their top tasks, some were looking towards their husbands to provide them with answers.

One confident woman winner is Queen Elizabeth. This Congress candidate from Okalipuram ward (Women - SC) of Gandhi Nagar constituency, lived up to her name and won like a queen trouncing her BJP rival by 6,888 votes. After polling a whopping 9963 votes, the highest among all seven wards of the constituency, her calm demeanour was quite incredible. Probably, anticipating her victory, she had a readymade answer to mediapersons,“My priority would be to take care of water and sanitation problems. Education is severely lacking in my ward and I would my best to redress it.”
 
Savitha Ramesh of BJP who emerged victorious in the Hoysala Nagar ward in C V Raman Nagar constituency promised to do “much for women including strengthening Stree Shakti groups.” When asked about her first initiative following her win, her supporters had all the answers. One remarked with jovial sarcasm, “She would go home and cook now” while another said, “She would go and thank God.”

Savitha herself said, “I will first meet MLA Raghu and thank him.”   
BJP’s Vasantha Kumari, who won after some hiccups at Cottonpet ward in Gandhi Nagar constituency said her priorities would be to solve drinking water in the area by sinking more borewells. “My husband did a lot for the people when he was a councillor earlier, that’s why people have voted for me,” she said.
M Vijayakumari who triumped in was all praise for her husband, N Kumar. “My husband has been one of the driving forces in my victory. It is his loyalty to the party that helped me win,” she said.

PM Saroja from Congress won the Ejipura seat (Ward No. 148) by a margin of 3,195 votes over BJP’s H G Lakshmi. Wife of senior Congress leader Veerappa, Saroja says that people have recognised her husband’s work and voted for her. "There is water scarcity in my ward, I am planning to sink more borewells and supply water thrice each day,” she added.

Great work
BN Kokila, wife of senior Congress leader, Radhakrishna, said that people wanted to vote for the local MLA's party and so chose her. Kokila won by 1068 votes against BJP’s Bhagyamma in Koramangala ward. "MLA Ramalinga Reddy has done great work here. I will focus on redressal of water problems in my ward."
Saraswathamma (BJP) who won from Jakkasandra ward said her credentials as a social worker have fetched her victory. “People have voted for me to continue my work," she
Manjula Srinivas, BJP’s winning candidate at Devasandra ward, was ecstatic after she bagged 6,856 votes. Manjula had quite a long list she assured to redress.” The humungous task of water crisis is first on my agenda. Widow pension, project to reconstruct dilapidated buildings with Rs three lakhs for each building.”
Jyotishri Hari Reddy (Congress), who emerged victorious in Karisandra ward (No. 166) of Padmanabha Nagar assembly constituency said, “We have water problems in our area. So my first task will be to make drinking water available to all. Sanitary matters and drainage also figure among my priorities.”
DH News Service

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