Cong leapfrogs BJD in NAC polls

Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) suffered a political setback after it was placed second in the Thursday announced poll results of the newly carved out Notified Area Councils (NACs)-Attabira (Bargarh), Nuapada and Hindol (Dhenkanal).
Of the 42 wards of the NACs which went to polls on Wednesday, Congress won in 20 wards while BJD and BJP registered victory in 12 and 4 wards respectively.
In Attabira, BJD and Congress shared six seats each, while Congress begged seven out of 16 wards in Hindol followed by six seats for independent candidates, two for BJD and one for BJP.
Similarly, Congress emerged as clear winner in Nuapada capturing seven seats followed by four seats for BJD and three for BJP.
According to officials, election for the post of Chairman and Vice-Chairman is scheduled for April 13 and 25 respectively.
Thursday’s poll results bear significance as 90 urban local bodies (ULBs) will go to polls later this year.
According to State Election Commission (SEC) sources Hindol had recorded a turnout of 80 per cent, Attabira reported 75 per cent polling and Nuapada recorded 65 per cent turnout.