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Business outfit ready for polls today

- 2400 FJCCI members to elect 21 office-bearers at Marwari Bhavan

Ranchi, Sept. 28: The V-day has finally come for the Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FJCCI).

The trade outfit will elect a fresh set of office-bearers for its executive committee tomorrow. About 2,400 FJCCI members will vote at Marwari Bhavan on Harmu Road in Ranchi to put together a 21-member committee, Sanjay Seth, the election in-charge, told The Telegraph today.

The 49th annual general body meeting of the business outfit was held at Chamber Bhavan today. Finance minister Rajendra Prasad Singh addressed the gathering.

The poll process is expected to start sharp at 9am and will continue till 4pm. Counting will begin at 5pm and the results will be announced around 11 at night.

Seth further said as many as 63 members had initially filed nominations for contesting the election. But many withdrew their candidature, while some were rejected, leaving only 43 in the fray.

Two groups, led by Bikash Kumar Singh and Suresh Chandra Agarwal, have fielded 21 candidates each. This apart, there is one candidate who has not identified himself with any group and can be described as an independent.

From dinner diplomacy to walks the rival camps tried a string of strategies to woo voters this year.

If any particular group does not emerge a clear winner, the one with maximum number of candidates elected will form the majority and select the office-bearers from among themselves.

Once the 21 executive members are elected, they will select one president, two vice-presidents, one general secretary, two joint secretaries, one treasurer and five regional vice-presidents from among themselves.