Warangal: The TRS leadership has chosen women to lead the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) after the party's thumping victory in the recent civic elections. Gundu Sudharani, a corporator from the 29th division, has been elected unanimously as the mayor of the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) here on Friday. Similarly, Rizwana Shameem, corporator from the 36th division, has been unanimously chosen as the deputy mayor.
As many as 66 newly elected corporators took oath during the ceremony held in the open space behind the GWMC head office in Warangal. Eight corporator-elects who are under home isolation took oath as corporators virtually.
While the TRS won 48 of the 66 divisions, the BJP won 10, the Congress four, AIFB one and the remaining three were bagged by independent candidates.
Prior to the oath-taking ceremony, ministers and election observers Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Gangula Kamalakar and Indrakaran Reddy convened a meeting with all the elected TRS corporators at Hanamkonda and declared the names of the chosen candidates. All corporators were asked to adhere to the TRS party leadership's decision and support these candidates. Accordingly, no other names were proposed for the mayor and deputy mayor posts, making the election unanimous.
Gundu Sudharani is currently holding the position of state president of the TRS women's wing. She also served as Women's Cooperative Finance Corporation chairman until recently.
The 57-year-old completed her MA in Public Administration and belongs to the Padmashali community. She made her mark after she was chosen for the Upper House by TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu in 2010 when she was a corporator. Whilst holding the position, she joined the TRS in November 2015.
Her daughter-in-law, Gundu Ashritha Reddy, served as a corporator in the previous GWMC governing body from the 24th division. Sudharani's spouse Prabhakar owns a hotel in Hanamkonda. Sudharani previously served as the opposition floor leader for TDP between 2005 and 2010. She was also the board member of TTD between 2002 and 2004.
Later in the day, the elected representatives assumed their respective offices and promised to dedicate themselves to the all-round development of Greater Warangal.