Berhampur, June 5 (LocalWire): The newly elected MLA from Chhatrapur, Subash Behera, has resigned from the post of president and member of Ganjam Zilla Parishad (ZP). Behra submitted his resignation before taking oath as the MLA, recently.
As a BJD candidate, Behera was elected from Chhatrapur, a reserved constituency for the scheduled caste, by a margin over 21,000 votes.
According to reports, several BJD loyalists and party workers have already started to lobby for the Zilla Parishad posts. Those lobbying for the post vacated by Behra includes ZP vice president Snehalata Panda, and ZP members of the ruling BJD Sashibhusan Mohanty, Prakash Chandra Das and Shankar Swain.
With the ruling BJD enjoying the absolute majority in the 69-member ZP, the party does not see any problem in getting its candidate elected as the Parishad president.
Presently, the BJD has 64 out of 69 members followed by four members from the BJP and one from Congress.
The president of the ZP in the district is unreserved.
“The selection of the ZP president will be held after discussing with the senior leaders of the party in the district, including the newly elected MLAs and MPs. Party supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik
will take the final decision on the matter,” said a senior BJD leader.
He, however, said it would be discussed only after formal notification is issued to announce the election of the post.
Behera was elected from zone number 19 in Chhatrapur block during the last panchayat election held over two years ago in the district. Later he was unanimously elected as the president of the ZP.