In a setback to NCP, a leader who quit the party recently to join the BJP, Pradeep Kand, won a seat in the Pune District Central Cooperative Bank’s board of directors on Tuesday. The NCP won the remaining six of the seven seats, for which elections were held.
Elections to cooperative banks are held in an indirect manner, with cooperative societies and bodies electing directors of the bank. Elections were held for the posts of seven of 21 directors for the bank. Of the seven seats, NCP managed to win six seats, with Kand winning the seventh seat. The remaining 14 seats were won unopposed by the respective candidates, including seven sitting MLAs — Dilip Walse Patil (Ambegaon), Ajit Pawar (Baramati) Ashok Pawar (Shirur), Sanjay Jagtap (Purandhar),Sangram Thopte(Bhor) Datta Bharne (Indapur) and Dilip Mohite (Khed) — who will become the new directors of the bank.
Kand, a former chairman of the Pune Zilla Parishad, had recently left the BJP. He defeated NCP heavyweight Suresh Ghule by 11 votes. Speaking to reporters in Pune, Pawar admitted that this election was a setback and he will analyse why the NCP had fallen short of 11 votes.