Hectic lobbying to form zilla parishads in Odisha

first_imgHectic lobbying and horse-trading have commenced ahead of the formation of zilla parishads as no party is sure of getting a majority in at least five districts of Odisha.The cat and mouse game has already begun between the ruling Biju Janata Dal and the BJP, which has emerged as the principal opposition in the rural elections.Bid to win supportBoth parties have started making efforts to win over the support of independents as well as Congress winners to form the zilla parishads in the districts where they are short of majority.As per the initial outcome of the polls, the BJD seems to be in a comfortable position in at least 16 out of the 30 districts, while the BJP has got majority in eight districts. The Congress has secured a majority in one district.Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has already hinted that the BJP will try to form the zilla parishads in more districts.The three parties have also started lobbying to get their candidates elected as the chairman of panchayat samitis at the block level.While the results of the elections for the posts of sarpanches and ward members were announced by the State Election Commission on Thursday, results for the election of panchayat samitis and zilla parishad members are to be announced on Saturday. In the just-concluded three-tier panchayat elections, party symbols were used for elections to the zilla parishads, while no party symbol was used for the posts of sarpanches, ward members and panchayat samiti members.Half posts for womenElections for 91,833 ward members, 6783 sarpanches and samiti members each, and 851 zilla parishad members were held in 315 blocks of the State in five phases. Fifty % of all these posts were reserved for women.last_img

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