Published: August 8, 2020 12:21:36 am
The elections to Sumul Dairy saw 98 per cent voting on Friday. The elections were held under the supervision of Surat district collector. The counting will be done on August 9.
The 14 seats on which the elections took place are Olpad, Choryasi, Kamrej, Bardoli, Mangrol, Mandvi, Mahuva, Valod, Vyara, Songadh, Nizar, Uchhal, Kukarmunda and Dolvan. Umarpada and Palsana candidates were declared winner as rival candidates had withdrawn their candidature.
The voters were all presidents of different milk co-operative societies in Surat and Tapi districts. Out of the registered 795 voters, 783 cast their votes. A total of 31 candidates are in fray.
The major tussle in this election is between two rival groups of BJP — led by acting chairman of Sumul Dairy and Bharuch district in charge of BJP, Raju Pathak, and former BJP MP Mansinh Patel. Patel, the candidate from Mahuva, is undergoing treatment at home after he tested positive for Covid-19. He did not cast vote. Pathak contests from Mangrol seat.
Other heavyweights in this election are Ritesh Vasava, nephew of state cabinet minister Ganpat Vasava, Jayesh Delad, former south Gujarat president of Khedut Samaj, who recently joined BJP. Surat district BJP general secretary Sandip Desai is contesting from Choryasi seat and Naresh Patel, president of Surat district Co-operative Bank, is contesting from Valod seat.
Talking to The Indian Express, BJP leader Mansinh Patel said, ”The Sumul Dairy election is conducted after every five years. This year, I could not cast my vote as I am under home quarantine. However, I am sure of my victory.”
Pathak said, “People have faith in the administration. The rival leaders have been alleging about irregularities of Rs 1,000 crore. However, despite challenging them to prove these allegations, they have not been able to do it so far. If I am proven wrong, I will leave my political career.”
The annual turnover of Sumul Dairy is Rs 4,500 crore
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