BJP’s Dan Singh is new chairman of state co-op bank
With BJP leader Dan Singh Rawat elected unopposed as the new chairman of the state cooperative bank, the party managed to wrest control of the Uttarakhand’s apex bank from the Congress, which had the support of a majority of the 14-member electorates’ body till this year’s state elections.dehradun Updated: Apr 18, 2017 20:19 IST
Dehradun: With BJP leader Dan Singh Rawat elected unopposed as the new chairman of the state cooperative bank in Haldwani on Tuesday, the party managed to wrest control of the Uttarakhand’s apex bank from Congress, which had the support of a majority of the 14-member electorates’ body till this year’s state elections.
At least five members (directors), who earlier supported Congress, changed their loyalty to support the BJP leader’s nomination, forcing Congress leader and former vice chairman of the bank, Manvendra Singh to withdraw from the contest.
Earlier, Singh had alleged that the announcement of election dates was illegal, as it was not done with the recommendation of the bank’s management committee and without formal endorsement of the resignation of former state cooperative bank chairman, Sanjeev Arya by the committee.
The 14-member electorates’ body included one member each from 13 districts in the state, besides a nominated member. The lone nominated member was a supporter the Congress party, but he was removed immediately after the new BJP government took over. Another member and the former bank chairman, Sanjeev Arya had earlier resigned reducing the electorate size to 12. Of these, three were BJP supporters from the beginning.
Five members, who earlier supported the Congress party, were lured by the BJP poll managers by Monday night, sources said. Three of them were persuaded early this month, while remaining two switched over their loyalty on Tuesday, they added.
Significantly, Devendra Agarwal, a close aide of the Congress MLA from Haridwar Mamta Rakesh, and Kiran Negi, wife of PCC cooperative cell president Rajendra Negi, along with three Congress directors, sided with the BJP nominee. The BJP nominee also had the support of Ramesh Ram from Almora, Barfi Bhakti of Uttarkashi, Hayat Singh Mehra, Ghanshyam Nautiyal and Naveen Pant, a close associate of the state cabinet minister, Yashpal Arya.
Meanwhile, Manvendra Singh alleged that the entire election process violated the cooperative norms and it was not held as per the act. “We knew it from the beginning what BJP government was up for once they took away our three directors. They were engaged in horse-trading to win over the support,” he alleged.