Election process to commence tomorrow

The West Godavari district with a little over 215 Primary Agricultural Cooperative Credit Societies (PACS) is all set to witness a triangle fight in the election to the Director and the Chairman posts of the District Cooperative Central Bank (DCCB) slated for February 18.

According to the guidelines, the PACS presidents, who constitute the electoral college of the DCCB will elect 21 Directors and the Chairman. Besides, three ex-officio members will be co-opted from professionals representing legal, chartered accountancy and banking. The election process is scheduled to commence from Monday with the appointment of the Returning Officer to conduct the whole exercise which includes the swearing -in by the Directors and the Chairman after the due election process.

The triangle fight becomes imminent in the district with the ruling Congress, the TDP and the YSRC getting ready for the ‘Big Fight’ with their own panels of candidates for the Chairman and the Director posts.

The Congress has fielded Mutyala Venkateswara Rao (Ratnam) from the Akiveedu PACS for the Chairman post, while the TDP and the YSRC have announced Y.T. Raja from Tanuku area and Kunapureddy Raghavendra Rao (Chinababu) from Penugonda area for the coveted post respectively. Mr. Ratnam, who was the Floor Leader representing the TDP in the Zilla Parishad till recently, defected to the Congress just in the run up to the cooperative elections.

Although Social Welfare Minister Pitani Satyanarayana and the District Congress Committee (DCC) president Kothapalli Subbarayudu took the lead in projecting Mr. Ratnam as the party candidate for the Chairman post, the process reportedly became a smooth affair in the absence of any overt objections from Tourism Minister Vatti Vasantkumar or from any other quarters within the party.

The Congress and the YSRC candidates are Kapus, a predominant community in the district while the TDP has picked up its candidate from the Kamma community belonging to the Andhra Sugars family. Incidentally, Mr. Karatam Rambabu, the outgoing president of the DCCB of the Congress also belongs to the Kapu community.

Keen contest appears to be unlikely given the huge gap in the tally of the three parties in terms of their numerical strength.

A clear picture on the exact score of these parties is unlikely to emerge as the PACS election was held on a non-party basis.

Yet, the indications available so far suggest that the Congress enjoys a clear edge over the others and that the DCCB election in its favour might not be a major problem.

  • RO will be appointed to conduct the whole exercise

  • Indications are that Congress enjoys a clear edge over the others