Urban Coop Bank Polls: BJD, BJP Bite Prestige Bet

Published: 16th January 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th January 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

ROURKELA: The election to the Urban Cooperative Bank Limited  (UCBL), Rourkela, has turned a proxy fight between local BJP MLA Dilip Ray and former BJD minister Sarada Prasad Nayak. With votes of about 20,000 shareholders at stake, supporters of both leaders are leaving no stone unturned to ensure victory of their respective nominees.

Though Ray defeated Nayak in the Rourkela Assembly election in 2014, BJD nominated Nayak to Chairman post of Rourkela Development Authority (RDA) to revive the fortune of BJD in the seat in the same year. If the BJD panel wins, it would be a psychological advantage for the party workers ahead of the Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) election.

UCBL secretary AK Jena said votes would be cast on January 25 at 28 polling stations to be set up in Uditnagar Government High School, Uditnagar Government Girls’ High School and Rourkela Municipal College. He said 37 candidates are left in the fray for post of 14 directors while Sailendra Marothia won the director’s post uncontested. Panposh Sub-Collector is officiating as election officer.

Sources said the BJD panel now has 14 candidates after Marothia was elected unopposed. However, the BJP panel is a mixed bag of leaders having seven local BJP leaders including former UCBL president Aditya Mohapatra. A few candidates in the BJP panel have Congress connection while others have a good social standing. The BJP panel now has 14 contestants after Prabhu Patra withdrew from the fray.

Panposh organisational district president of BJP Dhiren Senapati said they are hopeful of winning majority of the posts of the directors to form a strong management. BJD leader Gagan Panda said honest and efficient persons should win to work for development of the bank.

The last election to the UCBL was held in 2008 and its tenure ended in 2012. Following it, Prashant Sethi, a close associate of Nayak, had taken charge as president. Sethi’s appointment was embroiled in litigations and finally, the Sundargarh district administration took over the UCBL management.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp