Shushma Kharakwal is the current mayor of the city since 26 May 2023. She has been elected in the 2023 LMC elections and is the second consective female mayor of the city.
In a major win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sushma Kharkwal has been elected as the new Mayor of Lucknow. She defeated her closest rival, Vandana Mishra from the Samajwadi Party (SP), by a margin of 52,699 votes. The BJP also won most of the councillor seats, with many of its candidates securing a lead early on.
In a surprising turn of events, Lucknow mayor Sushma Kharakwal found herself at the center of a controversy after she allegedly called a bulldozer, threatening to raze a local hospital recently. During her visit to the hospital, doctors had requested mayor Kharakwal to adhere to hygiene protocols by removing her shoes before entering the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Monday, August, 21.
However, the request drew the mayor’s ire and quickly escalated into a confrontational disagreement between the mayor and the hospital administration. Posters were hastily erected outside the hospital premises, and there were even reports of a bulldozer being summoned. Later, local police intervention helped defuse the situation.