Bhubaneswar: Following the Zilla Parishad chairperson elections today, BJD was able to grab the position in Sundargarh and Nabarangpur district. Including it the party has formed Zilla Parishads in 18 districts while the BJP has formed it in eight districts. On the other hand hopeful of securing the chairperson post in Rayagada, Congress will be able to form Zilla Parishads in two districts.
As not a single party had gained majority in Sundargarh, Nabarangpur and Rayagada, the districts were in focus during the chairperson elections.
The calculations of BJP were proved wrong by the BJD as it won the post in Sundargarh. While the BJD was four seats short from the magic figure, it was able to form the parishad with support of five members of Congress and members of CPI and George Sena. Emma Ekka was elected as the Zilla Parishad chairperson.
BJD leader Sarada Nayak briefing media persons said, "I thank the persons who have supported us to be victorious at 14 seats."
Similarly BJD also captured the ZP chairperson post in Nabarangpur. While the three parties Congress, BJD and BJD were contesting for the post, BJD ran ahead with 11 votes. Bhagbati Bhatra was elected as the ZP chairperson.
Bhatra expressed her happiness saying, "I am very happy to win the post, I will work for the benefit of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and poor people."
Congress is sure to win the Rayagada ZP chairperson post constituting of 22 zones. Congress candidate Purusottam Gomang is one vote ahead of BJD candidate by getting 10 votes. According to sources, cross voting was alleged here.
Talking to media persons, Rayagada District Congress president Durgaprasad Panda said, "We want justice, therefore we will sit here till the decision is declared. We are at 10 seats, we are victorious."
BJP was able to win the Gajapati Zilla Parishad chairperson seat. As the post was reserved for Scheduled Cast women, both BJD and Congress did not have any such candidate, so the seat went to Anitarani Behera of BJP.
Behera, expressing her happiness before media said, "I have entered this field for the first time and gained such a post for which I am feeling very proud."
In Kandhamal district the BJD was one vote short from the magic number, but after getting support of independent candidate Ranjan Mallik was able to form Zilla Parishad. Akansha Pradhan became the new chairperson here.
Pradhan in her media statement said, "At first I will focus on education, health and transportation facilities."
Because of the stay order of High Court, Zilla Parishad chairperson elections were not held in Malkangiri and Nuapada district, said sources.