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Bar association faces mid-term polls

Dhanbad Bar Association is heading towards another election for three posts in just a little more than a year since the last poll was held during which a 21-member committee was formed. The normal term of the committee is two years.

The latest crisis that led to the announcement of the mid-term polls was triggered by resignation of president of the committee Samarendra Kumar Srivastava about a fortnight ago. Soon thereafter, two others — general secretary Hriday Narayan Pandey and treasurer H.N. Agarwalla — also resigned.

Srivastava, who had defeated Kansari Mandal by a margin of 219 votes in the election held on July 30 and 31 last year, cited personal reasons for his decision. Insiders, however, blamed a dispute between him and treasurer Agarwalla.

Pandey, who had sided with Agarwalla, had to follow suit once the latter put in his papers. In the latest development, a senior executive member of the association, Madhusudan Chakraborty, also resigned on Thursday.

Jharkhand Bar Council, which intervened after resignation of the three office-bearers to prevent the issue into snowballing into a major controversy, decided to hold election for three posts and authorised the elders committee of Dhanbad Bar Association to thrash out the nitty-gritty.

According to the schedule announced by the elders committee headed by Gour Kishore Ganguly, the election will be held on August 31. Nomination papers will be filed on July 22 and 23 while scrutiny will be carried out on July 24. The last date of withdrawal of nomination papers is July 25 while the final list of candidates will be published on July 27.

Young lawyers, however, expressed concern over the recent developments.

“We elected the committee last year with the hope that it would complete its term and work for welfare of lawyers, but lack of cooperation among office-bearers led to the announcement of mid-term polls, which won’t augur well for anyone,” said Santosh Singh.