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Singh camp at trade outfit helm

Bikash Kumar Singh (fourth from right) with his supporters at Marwari Bhavan in Ranchi on Monday. (Hardeep Singh)

Bikash Kumar Singh and Co. managed a convincing majority to ace the Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FJCCI) polls, the results of which were declared in the small hours of Monday.

One of the vice-presidents of the outgoing executive committee of the traders’ outfit, Singh and his team were able to grab 15 out of the 21 seats on offer. Rival Suresh Chandra Agarwal, who had also fielded 21 candidates like Singh, saw only six of them winning.

Of 2,400 traders on the voter list, 1,750 had turned up from Ranchi, Ramgarh, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Garhwa and Sahebganj to elect the 21-member executive committee at Marwari Bhavan in the state capital on Sunday.

The huge turnout was a record when compared to the footfall at the annual elections in the past few years. The poll process was peaceful too.

Counting went on through the night.

“Our priority will be to work for development of the industrial scenario in the state,” said Singh, who had served as FJCCI’s general secretary for two consecutive years from 2009.

“Issues like land acquisition and inadequate power supply act as major hurdles for the growth of industry. These bottlenecks have to be removed. Other issues such as simplification of sales tax rules and computerisation of certain systems that the traders have to deal with need to be expedited,” he added.

Besides Singh himself, others who won from his team are Anjali Jain, Anand Goyal, Ashish “Bunty” Bhatia, Kunal Ajmani, Pawan Sharma, Pradeep Jain, Rahul Maroo, Ranjit Garodia, Ratan Modi, Satyendra “Titoo” Chopra, Sharad Poddar, Shyam Sundar Agarwal, Tulsi Patel and Vinay Agarwal.

The elected candidates will select from among themselves a president, two vice-presidents, one general secretary, two joint secretaries, one treasurer and five regional vice-presidents to run the affairs of FJCCI for a year.

“I am thankful to the voters for choosing a newcomer like me. I have got an opportunity to serve them,” said Chopra, adding that he would try his best to do fruitful works under Singh’s leadership.

A section of FJCCI members appeared pleased with the outcome. “A good team with vision has won,” said Poonam Anand, a member who served in a FJCCI sub-committee on pollution control last year.

“I have earlier worked with Singh. He gave me extreme freedom to work on my own. I am confident that with his style of functioning, he will be able to do some real commendable work,” she added.

Suresh Chandra Agarwal accepted his defeat gracefully.

“We are all members of FJCCI. Irrespective of who wins, we will be always there to serve the organisation,” he said.