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Good Wishes Pour For BJD

Bhubaneswar: Governing BJD received good wishes from various quarters for having ensured a landslide victory in the both Rural and Urban Polls held recently.

Chief Secretary, DGP, many senior officers, state government service associations Sunday met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and congratulated him over the “Spectacular Victory” in the twin polls.

The senior officers who met Chief Minister include Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Development Commissioner Pradeep Jena, ACS Revenue, Satyabrata Sahu, ACS Water Resources, Anu Garg, Principal Secretary Finance, Vishal Dev, Principal Secretary Food Supply and Consumer Welfare, V V Yadav, Principal Secretary Housing & Urban Development, G Mathivathnan, Principal Secretary Energy, Nikunja Dhal, WCD Secretary Bhaskar Jyoti Sarma, Textile Secretary, Subha Sarma and others.

Top Cops led by DG of Police SK Bansal, Director Intelligence, Lalit Das, ADG RK Sharma, ADG Crime Branch Sanjeeb Panda, Police Commissioner SK Priyadarshi, DIG Intelligence, Anup Kumar Sahoo and others.

Thanking the officers for the goodwill gesture, the Chief Minister asked them to work with more commitment for the development and progress of the state.

While State election Commission announced Urban Poll results on Saturday reveals that BJD candidates won 76 posts of Chairpersons and Mayors of the 108 Urban Local Bodies elections, the regional party has secured majority in 95 Urban Local Bodies(ULB)s.

Of the 108 ULBs, including the Municipal Corporation of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur, the regional party got 76 chairpersons and mayor posts followed by BJP with 16 posts, Congress 7 and Independents in 9 places.

As this time there was direct elections for the posts of Chairpersons and Mayors following amendment in the municipal laws, the party could win 76 ULBs.

But practically, the regional political party candidates contesting for the post of Councilors and Corporators won a large number in 95 of the 108 ULBs.

In the panchayat elections held last month, the BJD had also captured 90% seats in Zilla Parishads.

Though the State Election Commission (SEC) had conducted elections for 109 ULBs on March 24, the results of 105 municipalities/notified area councils (NACs) and three municipal corporations of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur were declared on Saturday. The counting of votes could not be held at Dhamnagar Notified Area Council (NAC) due to some reason, sources said.

Similarly, out of 1,716 councillor seats in the 105 municipalities and NACs, the BJD has won 1,175 seats, BJP got 288, Congress — 134, BSP — 1, CPI — 1, and Independent — 117.

Out of 67 Corporator seats in the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), the BJD won 48, BJP got 10 and the Congress is in third position with 9.

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