The BJP on Tuesday slammed the State Government for deferring the elections to various cooperative societies.
The State Cabinet decision to defer the elections of the cooperative societies by another one year once again exposed the ill intent of the Government, the party said.
At a time when the cooperative societies are serving as financial backbone of the distressed farmers, the decision to postpone the elections for another 12 months will seriously hamper the functioning of the societies which, in turn, will hit the farmers’ interest very hard, said State BJP spokesperson Sajjan.
The Government decision is an attempt to cover the failures of the Naveen Government and avoid public anger against the corruption in the cooperative societies by the cohorts of the BJD government who are functioning as office-bearers of the societies, Sharma alleged.
He said the Government has made an amendment to the Odisha Co-operative Societies Act, 1962.
As per the amendment, elections to all the co-operative societies should be held within a period of six months. Though the time period expired on July 31, the Government has failed to comply with the Ordinance.
“The role of multi-crore chit fund scam cannot be ruled out as most of them functioned under the veil of being cooperative societies,” said Sharma.
Besides, the outcome of the elections would have affected the poll prospects of the BJD. Fearing a loss of face, the government decided to defer the elections and thus, avoid a direct interface with the people, alleged Sharma.