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TDN World Desk: There has been speculations from yesterday, as to, Who is going to be the next Mayor of Kolkata? Subrata Mukharjee or Firhad Hakim? Or, Arup Biswas? However, Chief Minister Mamata Benarjee chose Firhad Hakim to be the next Mayor of Kolkata. In order to install him into the top post of civic affairs a separate Municipal law has been passed from State Assembly. The State BJP also extended its support for the bill.

Presently, Firhad Hakim is serving under the West Bengal government as the Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister. In this respect , this decision would rather help him running the administrative operations smoothly. Single-handedly, at a time he would be able to perform multiple roles, sprawling under one umbrella.

On diplomatic layer, the proposal to nominate Firhad Hakim also as a representative of the minority community,seems to be a masterstroke by Chief Minister Mamta Benarjee, many think so. Atin Ghosh has been named as the deputy Mayor.

The move would help to maintain a kind of balance between the North and South, many believe so.Now the whole Kolkata awaits for the official announcement of making him the Mayor.

The story of him becoming Mayor of Kolkata is itself a history as no one in the post-Independent India was appointed to the post before although, during the pre-independent era there were many Muslims to hold that honorary chair.