Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, April 16
A woman has become the first Mayor of the Kapurthala Municipal Corporation.
Two-time councillor Kulwant Kaur has been elected the first Mayor of the MC here on Friday. Kulwant Kaur’s husband Bakhshish Singh Labbha, who died in 2013, was a three-time councillor and one-time vice-president and one-time president of the Kapurthala nagar council.
Kulwant Kaur has been councillor of the municipal corporation twice. After she was appointed the Mayor, party workers danced to the beats of dhol and distributed sweets. Since Bakshish Singh’s death, her son Rajvir ‘Bawa’ Labbha has been supporting his mother all through the campaign.
Garlanded by supporters, Kulwant was embraced and congratulated by co-workers. Kulwant, who was councillor from Ward No.3, won by a margin of 1,070 votes. The Kapurthala Municipal Corporation has 50 wards, of which 45 councillors are from the Congress and three from the Akali Dal and two are Independents.
Kulwant Kaur said, “We are thankful for the support of all our voters and MLA Rana Gurjit Singh for their support. I have planned to get all the works of the municipal corporation, which were hitherto taking a backseat, completed. We will motivate people in our area and in the city towards vaccination. A campaign in this regard was already being run in our area.”
Besides, Rahul Kumar Mansoo (whose father Narinder Mansoo was a three-time councillor) was elected senior deputy mayor and retired school teacher Master Vinod Sood as deputy mayor. Vinod Sood’s wife Sunita Sood was elected councillor twice.
On the occasion, the Mayor asked all her colleagues to get vaccinated. MLA Rana Gurjit Singh, who was present on the occasion, administered oath to the Mayor and other members in the presence of Deputy Commmissioner Deepti Uppal.
All the councillors were asked to get vaccinated before the first meeting of the civic body takes place. Notably, the nagar council which had 29 wards, formerly called nagar council, became a municipal corporation only in February 2019. It had been functioning without a mayor so far.
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