Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jan 9:
Jubilation in some camps and frustration in others. That sums up the reaction of the candidates, who were in the fray for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), and their supporters after the announcement of the results on Thursday.
Rachana Patsani, the independent candidate from Ward number-44 who defeated BJD candidate Jayashree Das by 1730 votes, could scarcely hide her glee as she gloated; “I will work for the development of the drainage system in Badagada, which has created a malaria menace in the area.” She also promised to put in place a proper sewerage system in her ward as her supporters distributed sweets to all and sundry.
Monalisa Sahu, the BJD rebel who defeated Linkan Subuddhi, the BJD supremo’s personal nominee in Ward No 8, was all smiles as she obliged the camera crews that were in full strength at the BJB College premises where the counting took place.
A beaming Rajlaxmi Nayak, BJP candidate who defeated Nibedita Pradhan of BJD by 1947 votes in Ward No 43, profusely thanked her delirious supporters all around her for her victory. “My priority will be to check crimes against women in my area,” gushed the politically correct Rajalaxmi.
On the other side of the spectrum, supporters of defeated BJD candidate Ashok Kumar Raj allegedly attacked the victory procession of Independent candidate Sameer Pradhan, who defeated him by 1436 votes in Ward No 15, in the Rental Colony. One vehicle was destroyed and three persons were injured in the attack.
The situation was brought under control after Twin City Commissioner R P Sharma and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Nitinjeet Singh rushed to the spot. Police had to resort to a lathi charge to disperse the mob. Three platoons of police force were deployed to stop the violence in the area.
Pradhan has lodged a complaint in this regard at the Nayapalli Police Station.
In Pokhariput area of Ward No 62, suspected supporters of the losing candidate are supposed to have sabotaged power lines in the area as the winning candidate Hruday Ballav Samantray of the BJD was leading his victory procession in the area. The area remained plunged in darkness till 9 pm.
Reports of attack on victory processions by frustrated supporters of losing candidates have also come in from several other places in the city, including one near Sainik School area in Ward No 12.