Kolkata — West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim has become perhaps first Muslim Mayor of Kolkata after Independence, with the state government of Mamata Banerjee naming him for the post on Thursday.
Hakim, who holds important portfolios like urban development and municipal affairs in the Trinamool Congress government, was named as the new mayor of Kolkata on Thursday evening after sitting Mayor Sovan Chatterjee stepped down in the afternoon. Chatterjee resigned as minister in the state government on Tuesday, following which CM Banerjee asked him to quit as mayor also. He did so Thursday afternoon.
Hakim was named for the post after a bill was passed this afternoon in the state assembly which enabled a non-corporator to be appointed as mayor of the civic body, says a report in NDTV. As per rule, he will have to get elected as a corporator of the civic body within six months.
A twitter handle @WeIndianMuslims that often highlights history of Indian Muslims, said Firhad Hakim is first Muslim Mayor of Kolkata after Independence.
فرہاد حکیم کلکتہ کے میئر بنے۔ آزادی کے بعد پہلے مسلم میئر اس تاریخی شہر کے pic.twitter.com/N2hZCbC4HM
— Muslims of India (@WeIndianMuslims) November 23, 2018