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BJP slams deferment of co-op polls

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Bhubaneswar, Aug 7 :
Taking a dig at the decision of the State government to defer the ensuing elections for the cooperative societies by another year, the state BJP on Tuesday said the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government was scared of a poor show and that could adversely affect the ruling party’s prospects in the forthcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections scheduled next year.

Saying that there was widespread public resentment against the rampant corruption in the cooperative societies, BJP State spokesperson Sajjan Sharma told newsmen here Tuesday that the deferment of polls would hit the farmers very hard as this would seriously hamper the functioning of the societies which is now being run by the nominees of the BJD government.

Referring to the blatant violation of Odisha Cooperative Societies Act, 1962, Sharma said the state government has brought an amendment to the Act to comply with the 97th Amendment Act, 2011 under which elections to all the cooperative societies should have been held within a period of six months of the expiry of the term.

While the term has expired on July 31 this year, the government has failed to comply with the ordinance, he said, adding that the involvement of most of the BJD-appointed office bearers of the co-operative societies in the multi-crore chit fund scam cannot be ruled out. ( MM )

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