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BJD leaders scheme to grab Odisha coop bank president’s post

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 14:

A group of BJD leaders is working overtime to grab the prized post of president of the Odisha State Cooperative Bank (OSCB) .

Athagarh MLA Ranendra Pratap Swain
Athagarh MLA Ranendra Pratap Swain

Sources in the party said that some senior BJD leaders, in a bid to achieve their selfish end, are conspiring to scuttle the decision of party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

As per available information, there would be election for the post of 21 directors of the OSCB for which 21 zones have been formed by the OSCB managing authorities.

As per rules, the Cooperative Bank Election Officer has made proportional reservation on the basis of the electoral college as per the advice of the State Cooperative Election Commission and brought out a voters’ list.

However, some senior BJD leaders, eying the post of OSCB president, are reportedly upset with the reservation rules.

While the zone under Birendra Pratap Swain, brother of Athgarh MLA Ranendra Pratap Swain, has been reserved for a candidate of the backward community, the zone under Indira Nanda, wife of former minister Rabi Narayan Nanda and the zone under Debasis Patra, son of minister Badri Narayan Patra, are reserved for a Scheduled Caste and a woman respectively.

To take advantage of the situation, minister Arun Sahu is now trying to push his candidate and closest confidant Loknath Sahu for the prized post, reliable sources in the party said.

The sources also said that this group, acting against the wishes of their party supremo, are trying their best for reorganisation of the zones on the plea that there are no proportional voters in each zone. While some zones have 15 voters, others have 30  voters. In eight zones in Cuttack districts, there are more than 40 members.

The group is now trying to disrupt the reservation system at a grievance hearing on the voters’ list and the constitution of zones scheduled tomorrow and put forth its argument in favour of an equal number of voters in each zone.

As per the plan by this group of BJD leaders, it will lodge a bunch of complaints from several zones including Angul, Boudh and Cuttack districts with the hope that if the Commission decides for reconstitution of the zones, the reservation system would be changed in their favour.