Manjulata Kanhar, a post-graduate in political science from Sambalpur University, elected to the post unopposed.
Sangramjit Nayak, director of municipal administration, administered the oath of office to Das. Along with the new Mayor, all the 67 newly-elected Corporators were also sworn in today at the conference hall.
Bhubaneswar city comprises three Assembly segments. Talks are doing rounds that the Deputy Mayor candidate will be from the segment whose MLA enjoys a clout in the party.
There is a possibility of cross voting as the ruling party has not been able to notify the name of any agent for the polls. It is pertinent to mention here that the BJD has seven councilors in the civic body while the BJP has three and the Congress one.
The election will begin from 1:30PM and go on till 3PM. Thereafter, the counting will be held and the results announced.
As the municipalities and notified area councils (NACs) in Odisha are gearing up to elect their vice-chairpersons on April 7, allegations of ruling Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD’s) involvement in horse-trading has heated up the political climate in the State.
The SEC had postponed the counting of votes in all Wards for Councillor and Chairperson of Dhamnagar NAC after the polling could not be held due to disruptions in six booths on March 24.
When there is a will there is a way. While this is a very common saying, but pretty effective if looked through the lenses of these three men and women who dared to go against the tide to emerge victorious in the recently concluded civic polls in Odisha and become corporators and councilors.
According to political analysts, no Muslim woman has so far been elected as chairperson of any civic body in Odisha so far. However, one Md Akbar was the chairperson of another Muslim dominated municipality in Kendrapara from 1983 to 1990.
In Dharamgarh NAC in Kalahandi district as well as Jagatsinghpur and Bhadrak Municipalities, the majority of councillors belong to the ruling BJD party.
With the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Mayor candidates winning all three Municipal Corporations; Bhubaneswar (BMC), Cuttack (CMC) and Berhampur (BeMC), the positions of Deputy Mayor is now up for grabs by eligible candidates.
In the municipal elections, the BJD, BJP and Congress have secured 73, 16 and seven municipality chairman posts respectively.
Though the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) registered a thumping victory in the recently concluded Urban Local Body (ULB) polls, political analysts view that the mood of the urban voters, rebel BJD candidates and confusion in ticket distribution might have hindered BJD in recording a clean sweep.
Expressing gratitude, the parliamentarian thanked the voters for the Bhubaneswar for showing trust in BJP and supporting the party candidates in the ULB polls held on March 24.
The miscreants reportedly pelted stones at the house of former corporator and independent candidate from ward no.12 Biren Patnaik and his wife Sasmita who was contesting for the corporator post from ward no 14. The couple had reportedly lost from their respective wards yesterday.