BJP councillor Avtar Singh, who used to sell tea for a living, was yesterday elected unopposed as the new mayor of North Delhi.
Singh is also the first Dalit Sikh to reach the position.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also shared a picture with the mayors of South, North and East Delhi Municipal Corporations, wishing them the best for their journeys ahead.
Had a great interaction with Smt. Sunita Kangra, Shri Avtar Singh and Smt. Anju Kamalkant. They will be serving as Mayors of South Delhi, North Delhi and East Delhi Municipal Corporations respectively.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 28, 2019
My best wishes to them as they embark on their efforts to transform Delhi. pic.twitter.com/8l1j5ey7ql
Avtar was nominated for the election by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and was elected unopposed in the election held at general house meeting of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, said a senior municipal corporation officer.
"He has used his hard work to reach to the post of mayor from his humble beginning as a tea seller," said a senior Delhi BJP leader.
Avtar and his wife used to run a tea stall called 'Tea Peepal Meridien' at Chabi Ganj in Kashmere Gate from 1990 to 2000.
Other than Singh, Sunita Kangra and Anju Kamalkant have been elected as the mayors of South and East Delhi, respectively.
The election of mayor is indirect in which councillors of the civic body participate. BJP has a majority in NDMC.
The term of mayor is for one year. The third term of the five-year tenure of the corporation is reserved for SC candidates to become mayor. Earlier, Anju Kangra, BJP councilor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation was elected mayor of the Civic body.
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