London : Two Indian – origin candidates are lined up to go head – to – head for the post of Leicester mayor in the local elections coming up in the UK early next month .
Conservative Party count caller Sanjay Modhwadia will compete with Rita Patel , a for mar labour councillor who announced her bid recently in order to scrap the role . Patel , a Rushed Mead councillor from Leicester who will run as an independent , launched her campaign saying the city needed ” a fresh start ” and promised one of her first jobs will be to remove the mayoral role .
Sitting Labour mayor , Sir Peter Souls by , expressed dis appointment at Patel’s exit from the party after she was one of four city councillors suspended for six months for their attempt to scrap the mayor’s office through a vote at a council meeting last month.
Now the Tories have con firmed Modhwadia , a city councillor for North Evington , as their candidate to challenge Souls by – who has held the job since it was created 12 years ago . Modhwadia , a local businessman , has been campaigning to push for a ” Made in Leicester ” brand to improve city’s perception around the globe . While Tories and Ri ta Patel have both said they want to get rid of the mayoral role , Leicester’s Green Party has promised a public referent dump on the matter . The Green Party have chosen Mags Le was who also stood in 2019 , finishing third – will be their candidate . The election is scheduled for May 4 and any ne elected may just go on to have a short stay in office .