04/30/2011, 00.00
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For the first time, a women and Dalit, mayor of Bangalore

by Nirmala Carvalho
Sharadamma was elected unanimously. She is the 45th mayor of the city, the 5th woman. Her promise is to "renew Bangalore, without changing its identity." Only a year ago, she was a homemaker.

New Delhi (AsiaNews) - Sharadamma, 45, is the first Dalit woman to become mayor of Bangalore (Karnataka),since the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palikè (Bbmp), was established. The election took place yesterday and was unanimous. She is the 5th woman mayor and the city's 45th mayor.

Newly elected Shadaramma spoke of her plans for Bangalore, saying that the problems the city faces will be resolved through dialogue. "Certain issues - she said - can not be solved overnight." And she promised to renew the city without changing its identity.

Shadaramma said: "There are women of all communities who need assistance so they can obtain the proper recognition of their rights."

The woman received an overwhelming welcome to the Council. The Minister of Housing and Transport R. Ashoka greeted with satisfaction the apparent availability of the new mayor to face the challenges ahead.

Only a year ago, Shadaramma was a homemaker. Shortly after she became a Councilor in Shettihalli, before being given this prestigious role.

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