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SCCI Polls: Moonka-Kedia vs Sonthalia-Vasani teams in full steam to breast victory tape

Himalayan Paths

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, Sept 18: With the election for the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) for the term 2023-’25 just round the corner (September 26), the run up to the finishing line is gaining double-paced momentum as the two main contending teams, the Moonka-Kedia and Sonthalia-Vasani, are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the ‘V’ signs they have been flashing are converted to reality.

Humidity and intermittent bouts of moody rains have failed to douse the spirit of contending teams as they are going all out in their canvassing missions to convince Chamber voters that their respective candidates are best suited to serve the interests of traders and industrialists. The convincing abilities and the ‘pro-con’ data bases being discussed to elicit the nods of voters are exercises aimed at getting the most desired booster doses to breast the tape first at the end of the poll race.

The zest and enthusiasm in which the teams, the Moonka-Kedia and the Sonthalia-Vasani groups, are going about their ‘V for Victory’ motifs belie Thomas Hardy’s suggested concept of ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ as the respective team members and their supporters are swarming over the syrup of vital votes. Poll strategies are being worked out at meetings in set-up office camps; burning of the proverbial midnight oil is being necessitated as the all-important, make or break date, September 26, comes nearer.

The confidence of claiming the pot of ballot gold at the end of the final-count rainbow, may or may not be an external show as palpitating hearts in both contending camps will definitely have fingers crossed for the ‘V’ is never a sign to be taken for granted while the touch line looms closer.

Does not matter who wins, democracy should prevail: Mukesh Mittal

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, Sept 18: Mukesh Mittal, the current Vice President (PR) of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and a candidate for the post of General Secretary in the election to be held on Tuesday, September 26 for the session 2023-’25, has written a letter to the Returning Officer of the Chamber election urging that all norms be strictly monitored and implemented during the polling.

In his letter to the Returning Officer for the SCCI elections, Mukesh Mittal urged, “Please ensure the use of only Original Government issued ID card in physical form for venue e-voting on September 26.” The other points mentioned in the letter included, disallowing use of mobile phones inside the polling station, disallowing anyone other person other than voters inside the Chamber premises during the time of voting, disallowing declare any data of votes polled during remote e-voting till the time of declaration of result, provision of flying squad to take action against any complaints with respect to harassment and undue pressurising of voters for remote e-voting, issuing directives to candidates and their supporters to install tents and crowd at least 100 meters away from the polling centre at the Chamber Bhawan premises on voting day i.e. September 26, ensuring that the exercise of sending USER ID and password for remote e-voting should not be repeated.

Mittal noted in the letter, “I request you to kindly consider the above points and hope even minor things with respect to polling and election will be assessed and analysed for free  and fair elections and in the interest of the Chamber. It does not matter who wins but democracy must win and prevail.”


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