Bhubaneswar, Sep 30:
The election of chairpersons of 66 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) scheduled today is expected to be a one-sided battle as the ruling BJD appears all set to snatch most of the 13 councils in which it does not have a majority.
Chief minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik had a meeting with the winning councillors, local MLAs, MPs and party observers for the districts at the Naveen Nivas here on Sunday. The meeting discussed strategies to win over councillors from other parties and form councils where BJD has emerged as the single largest party but is short of majority.
“The chief minister has sorted out the problems in finalisation of names for the post of chairpersons,” sources in the party said.
While BJD has won 41 of the 66 ULBs including the Brahmapur Municipal Corporation, the Congress has got clear majority in only 10 ULBs. The BJP which fared miserably has managed to emerge the single largest party in Rairangpur by winning seven of the 15 wards.
There is no clear majority in at least 13 ULBs. Since the Anti-Defection law does not apply to the winning councillors elected on party symbols in the ULB polls, the parties are trying their best to bring the councillors over to their fold to form the council.
As per the directive of the State Election Commission (SEC), the filing of nomination would be held till 12 noon. The elections would be held between 1 pm and 3 pm and the results would be declared by 4 pm.