Three women candidates of the party elected chairpersons

Opposition Congress was finally able to taste success when its candidates were on Saturday elected chairpersons of the three new notified area councils (NACs) of the State where elections were held for the first time on April 3.

In all three NACs, women candidates belonging to the Congress were elected as head of the civic bodies, according to official sources. All the three chairperson posts were reserved for women candidates.

The election for the post of vice-chairman in all three NACs will be held on April 25.

In Hindol NAC in Dhenkanal district, Sulochana Behera, a Scheduled Caste candidate who was elected from Ward No-5 in Dhundinali, was elected chairperson.

In the Attabira NAC in Bargarh district, Sunita Bagh, a Scheduled Caste woman, was elected unopposed chairperson. Similarly, Sudeshna Suraj, a Scheduled Caste woman, was elected as Chairperson of Nuapada NAC in Nuapada district.

The Congress had fared well by staying ahead of the ruling Biju Janata Dal in Hindol and Nuapada NACs, and had bagged as many seats as the BJD in Attabira NAC when results of the polls were declared on April 4.

In the 16-member Hindol NAC, the Congress bagged seven seats, while the BJD bagged two and Bharatiya Janata Party won one seat.

The remaining six seats were won by Independent candidates.

In Nuapada which had 14 wards, the Congress had won in seven wards, while BJD had bagged four and BJP three.

But in Attabira which had 12 wards, the Congress and BJD had won six seats each.

Over all, the Congress had won in 20 of the 42 wards in the three NACs, while the BJD got 12, BJP four, and Independents six.

While the Congress had thanked the voters for electing their candidates in a majority of places, the BJD had said that they will review the situation.)


  • Congress wins 20 of 42 wards in 3 NACs, while BJD bags 12, BJP four, and Independents six

  • Congress thanks voters for electing their candidates in a majority of places