A trader casts his vote during the biennial polls of SCCI at Chambers Bhavan on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The biennial elections of Kolhan’s oldest trade body, the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) ended peacefully on Tuesday evening.
Counting of votes to appoint 11 new office-bearers and 23 executive body members went on till late in the night.
Altogether, 868 SCCI members took part in the election through secret ballot. The trade outfit has 1,199 members. Counting began after 5pm.
Chambers Bhavan, the SCCI office in Bistupur, was abuzz with activity since morning. Traders and industrialists, members of SCCI, attended the annual general meeting (AGM) before the polls.
General secretary of SCCI (the old committee), Vijay Anand Moonka read out the annual report during the AGM which kicked off at 10am.
The AGM was chaired by the new president Suresh Sonthalia, who had been elected uncontested. Sonthalia replaced R.K. Agrawal, infamously tainted in the Rajya Sabha 2012 cash-for-vote scam.
The other presidential candidate, Neeraj Mishra, had withdrawn his nomination.
Apart from Sonthalia, four others — A.K.N. Mittal, vice president (trade and finance), Dilip Golechha, secretary (trade and finance), Ashok Bhalotia, vice-president (industry) and Sudhir Kumar Singh, secretary (industry) were elected uncontested.
The polls began at 1pm under the supervision of six electoral officers — Murlidhar Kedia, R.N. Gupta, Gopal Harlalka, P.S. Sen, Deepak Dokania and Pannalal Gautam.
Sonthalia said he was confident his team would corner most office-bearer posts.
“I have always worked for the larger interests of industrial and trade community. My focus is on creating a conducive atmosphere where trade and industry can flourish,” he said.