My identity is my work and not my religion

first_imgKolkata: Firhad Hakim on Monday took his oath as the Mayor of Kolkata, soon after winning the election for the post by bagging 121 votes. There are 122 councillors of Trinamool Congress in Kolkata Municipal Corporation at present. Susmita Chatterjee, the councillor of Ward 63, failed to turn up for voting due to ill health.”My identity is my work and not my religion. Our party Trinamool Congress, under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, believes in working for the service of people. The biggest religion should be humanity and that should be present in every individual,” Hakim told reporters while sitting on the Mayor’s chair. He is the first Mayor from the minority community since independence. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the same vein, Hakim lashed out at BJP and alleged that they are trying to divide the country on the ground of religion. He took his oath in English, while Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh took the same in Bengali, in presence of councillors at the KMC house. The new Mayor said that urban forestry will be on his priority list. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the city to be ‘clean and green’. We will be waiving property tax upto 90 percent if somebody takes to urban forestry by planting big trees on his/her land. The tax deduction will be on the basis of the land where he/she takes up the plantation programme,” Hakim added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe will be also speaking with the Railways and Kolkata Port Trust, urging them to utilise their land for urban forestry with full support of the state government. “We will be stressing on segregation of wastes and for this we will adopt the model of New Town. The multi-storeyed apartments will be urged to take up recycling of wastes on their own,” he maintained, adding that he will soon hold a meeting and prepare a 20-point programme for running the civic body. Hakim also stressed upon addressing the issue of waterlogging in some pockets of Behala and the water problem in certain pockets of Jadavpur and Tollygunge. “People can text me on WhatsApp in my number 9830037493 with pictures, if they find any problem regarding garbage disposal, waterlogging, bad roads or similar civic problems,” he said. All the MMiCs in the municipal board under former Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, also took oath on Monday. Chatterjee himself took part in the voting as well.last_img

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