Veterans in panchayat poll fray eyeing block chief post

Baripada/Nabarangpur/Kuchinda: Once they were representing the Assembly constituency as legislator, but now they are fighting the ensuing panchayat elections for Samiti member.

The former MLAs, prepared themselves to be a leader at village level, have become the cynosure of all eyes. The reason of contesting for samiti member is the office of block chairman.

Brundaban Majhi, who was representing Kuchinda and Laikera Assembly constituency earlier and had become the Sambalpur zilla Parishad chairman, has now landed in the rural poll battle from Badamal panchayat. He expressed his aim to become the chairman of Kuchinda block.

“I have aimed at occupying the block chairman post. The reason behind it is to implement various government schemes in my block”, Majhi said.

Similarly, former BJP MLA Padma Charan Haiburu is keen on gaining the post of block chairman. The Karanjia legislator in 2000 is contesting for Samiti member from Bigidhar panchayat under Thakurmunda block in Mayurbhanj district.

“It is clearly visible that a veteran leader would be the block chairman if he is elected as Samiti member”, Haiburu said.

Another veteran leader Gopal Pujari had fought the Lok Sabha election during last general polls on Ama Odisha ticket. This time, he is contesting for Samiti member from Batabharandi panchayat of Umarkote block in Nabarangpur district with the same ambition.

“The residents of Batabharandi have required a chairman like Gopal Pujari. All are committed to make him the block chairman after ensuring his victory as Samiti member”, he told OTV at campaign rally.

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