Ashok Sridharan, an Indian origin man won the mayoral polls of Bonn city of Germany.
Ashok Sridharan who was Indian origin man and contested as a candidate of Chancellor Angela Merkel-led Christian Democratic Union (CDU)has won the election in Bonn city of Germany becoming the first person of Indian-origin to occupy the mayor’s office in German city.
Ashok Sridharan who was a 49 year old and served as the treasurer and assistant mayor in the municipal administration of neighboring town Koenigswinter got the majority by polling 50.06 per cent in votes in the election that was held on Sunday.
Only around 45 per cent of the city’s 245,000 voters went to the polls to cast their votes, which was much less when compared to the last election in Bonn in 2009, according to the election results.
Peter Ruhenstroth-Bauer of the SPD has made his share far behind with a 23.68 per cent of the votes while Tom Schmidt of the Green party received a share of 22.14 per cent of the votes.
Ashok Sridharan’s victory has put a check to the Social Democratic Party which was leading the city for a long 21 years.
Sridharan was the son of a migrant from India and a German mother, will take over the power of the city administration from SPD mayor Juergen Nymptsch on October 21.
An intensive election campaigning has been conducted by Sridharan during the past few months who has mainly focused his efforts to mobilize support through direct contacts with the voters all over the Bonn city.
He winded up his campaign by participating in podium discussions and by meeting the voters at the weekend.
Sridharan has presented himself as a candidate who stands for closer integration of migrants into the mainstream of the society during campaigning and also tried to convince the voters that his experience in different areas of municipal administration made him more suitable for the city’s highest office than his rivals.