Results of election of board of director of Gondal APMC was announced yesterday, polling of which was done on Wednesday.
10 seat win of farmers’ constituency has ensured clean sweep by BJP-backed panel fo all the 16 seats of the APMC. The panel had already won four seats of trader’s constituency and two of the sale-purchase unions unopposed. In the 19-member board of directors of APMC, 16 are cooperative leaders, the state government nominates two members while one councilor of Gondal municipality is coopted as the 19th member.
582 nominees of 616 registered village-level farmers’ cooperative societies in Gondal taluka of Rajkot district voted. These cooperatives, in turn, depend on respective district cooperative banks for their credit needs. Jaysh Radadiya, BJP Leader and Rajkot District Co-op Bank Chairman took keen in this election.
While BJP backed incumbent chairman Gopal Shingala led an impressive victory, opposing contestant Congress-backed Raju Sakhiya himself could garner only 23 votes.
With this win, BJP-backed cooperative leaders continued their hold over the largest APMC in the state for the fifth time in a row in last 20 years.