Grateful to Mamata for trusting me Hakim


first_imgKolkata: Firhad ‘Bobby’ Hakim, the soft-spoken boy from Chelta who has always received the blessings of all and sundry irrespective of caste, creed and religion because of his unique public relation acumen, has now been named Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), the country’ oldest civic body.On becoming the new Mayor, Hakim said: “I’m extremely thankful towards Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for giving me this responsibility. I will try my best to live up to her expectations and will leave no stones unturned to deliver results.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere was jubilation in Chetla, when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the name of Hakim as the new leader of KMC. He will formally take on the mantle of Mayor after completion of the necessary formalities. Hakim, gifted with a natural ability to lead, became quite famous in Chetla in the early 1980s, when the undisputed leader of the area was Moni Sanyal, the Deputy Mayor of KMC between 1985-1990. From a very young age, Bobby used to organise football tournaments and blood donation camps. Everybody in the area knew that he would always be available in their time of need, be it for organising marriage of poor girls or taking critical patients to hospitals during the oddest hours. Hakim became a councillor in 2000 and later became the Member, Mayor-in-Council (Roads). When Trinamool Congress came to power, he was elected to the post of minister. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThough known for being a hard taskmaster, the TMC veteran enjoys extremely cordial relations with his department officers. His dedication was silently displayed through the number of times he visited the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre during its construction, to ensure that it becomes the most important structure in post-Independence Kolkata and stand proud as the country’s biggest convention centre. He had held several meetings with the senior officials of the construction company and also met the workers and motivated them. Bobby, an ardent lover of sports, has set up one of the finest gymnasiums in the city at Chetla. He is a seasoned badminton and billiards player himself and has taken steps to ensure that the children and youth of his area get ample scope to play outdoor games. The newly named Mayor has been associated with Durga Puja since his school days and is respected by all for his secular views. Notable, he is the first Mayor from the Muslim community in the city after Independence. The erstwhile Calcutta had five Muslim Mayors before Independence. A K Fazlul Haque was the Mayor from April 1935 to April 1936, while A K M Zakariah served as the Mayor from April 1938 to April 1939. Abdur Rahman Siddiqui took on the mantle from April 1940 to April 1941, while Syed Badrudduja and Syed Mohammad Usman followed suit from April 1943 to April 1944 and April 1946 to April 1947 respectively. Once journalists had quizzed Kamal Basu, the first Mayor under the Member, Mayor-in-Council system about the qualities required to run KMC, to which his reply was “patience, public relations and hard work”. Hakim is a leader who possesses all the three qualities and Kolkatans believe that the city will witness significant progress under his leadership.last_img