BHUBANESWAR: For greater than 20 years, Dinabandhu Das, 52, labored as a labourer, first within the textile mills of Surat after which as a each day wager beneath Mahatma Gandhi Nationwide Rural Employment Assure Act (MGNREGA). On Sunday, Das, a resident of Gangadahani gram panchayat beneath the Purushottampur block of Ganjam district, grew to become a sarpanch after successful the panchayat polls, beating his nearest rival by 296 votes. Das needed to beat many odds in life to achieve right here.
With a MGNREGA job card in hand, Das, during the last 10 days, walked across the panchayat, requesting everybody to vote for “fish”, his electoral image. Although initially he was not favoured by his group, Das was insistent and promised jobs and roads for the panchayat.
“I by no means thought that individuals would elect me as their sarpanch. Now that I’ve been elected, I’ll fulfill all my guarantees of executing improvement work in addition to well timed funds beneath MGNREGA,” mentioned Das, who has labored for 90 days as MGNREGA labourer within the present monetary 12 months.
Like Das, there are a number of winners within the panchayat polls who received with out anybody giving them a distant probability.
Hiramani Nayak, a 22-year-old woman of Pratap Purushottampur village in Puri district too managed to win by a slim margin of 4 votes for the submit of Panchayat Samiti member. Nayak’s father Lalmohan is a each day wager and the household lives in a dilapidated hut draped with a polythene cowl.
Regardless of the monetary hardship, Nayak mentioned, she considered contesting the polls because the folks in her village didn’t get the compensation that they need to have through the 2019 Fani cyclone.
“The candidate backed by the ruling BJD (Biju Janata Dal) misplaced the polls regardless of spending an enormous sum of money. However, I received solely as a result of blessings of the villagers and God. I promised my villagers to offer them higher roads, entry to scrub ingesting water and pucca homes. I’ll work laborious to ship all that I promised,” mentioned Nayak, who’s now pursuing a closing 12 months diploma course in a neighborhood school.
Like her, vegetable vendor T. Sridhar received the Zilla Parishad polls from Ramanaguda zone-I in Rayagada district. Sridhar, who contested on a Congress ticket, mentioned he won’t ever let folks down.
Whereas underdogs like Das, Nayak and Sridhar managed to win within the panchayat polls, various professionals additionally made a profitable debut.
In Nabarangpur district, Lipika Majhi, daughter of former Congress MLA Bhujabal Majhi, was extra common as a dentist. However from Monday, she might be often called zilla parishad member from Papadahandi Zilla Parishad zone-II after successful the polls on a Congress ticket.
Majhi mentioned the love and affection of individuals in her locality for her father was one of many most important causes for her victory. “Although I’ve been serving folks as a dentist, I hope to work for a wider part of individuals as a politician,” she mentioned.
Within the panchayat polls, BJD swept the zilla parishad seats, successful 766 of the 852 seats that went to polls, securing over 52 per cent of the votes. The Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) got here a poor second with simply 42 seats adopted by the Congress with 37 seats.
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