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Varsha Patel elected Nadiad civic president Friday, September 7, 2001

NADIAD: Following the resignation of Durga Jeswani as president of Nadiad municipality, Varsha Rakesh Patel was unanimously elected president for the rest of the term till July 16, 2002. This is the first time in the 30-year history of the civic body that a president has been elected unanimously. Or else, candidates have spent lakhs to garner votes in the crucial election which could see them preside over the civic coffers.

Indeed, for quite some time it was known that days were numbered for Durga Jeswani, wife of GSFC chairman Dr K D Jeswani, as she was isolated by all the members, including her own party councillors as 'she had failed on all fronts in ensuring a smooth municipal administration, thereby creating dissatisfaction among people.

The election of Varshaben Rakesh Patel was unanimously thanks to joint efforts of councillors of both the groups and the most senior member Chitaranjan Brahmbhatt. Leaders of opposition and leading Congress workers Mahesh Patel, Raju Shah and Devendra Patel did their bit to make it a smooth transition and achieve unanimity.

Nadiad BJP MLA Pankaj Desai supported the move of both the groups who wanted to be united in the town's interest. The election meeting was chaired by deputy collector Kamal Shah. Others present were incharge chief officer Himanshu Patel and mamlatdar Bharat Joshi.

Except Durgaben Jeswani and Manubhai Patel who had gone abroad 40 members in the 42-member board were present.

According to senior civic official Derakhi this was the first time in the 30-year history of Nadiad municipality that the president was elected unanimously. Kheda MP and former PWD minister Dinsha Patel of the INC expressed happiness over the unanimous election and said that 'without considering party politics as well as personal ego the councillors should try to solve basic problems of the town like road, drainage, and drinking water.

Senior executive of kidney hospital N Bhaskaran said in an informal chat that with Varshaben Patel as president "we have lots of hope that the living conditions in Nadiad, especially the condition of roads would improve. Earlier people were expressing grievances regarding bad roads but today no one is saying that as there are no roads at all. In today's scenario an important functionary getting elected unanimously is a very welcome sign."

Nadiad Chamber of Commerce and Industries secretary Bipin Shah told this correspondent that it was a good move shown by all councillors who elected the president Varsha Patel unanimously without considering party politics. He added that trade community welcomed such unity for the town's development. Now there should be no hitch in providing basic facilities to traders as well as to other citizens.

A housewife Jacinta Fernandes opined, "I have the following things to mention. Varshaben should consider 'water' as the topmost priority item. Then come street lights. Women had no problem in moving around Nadiad even at night to attend social and cultural programmes. But now to go out of home even at 7 in the evening is a problem. Street lights are not functioning on any important road."

Varshaben Patel told this correspondent that she would make her efforts for the town's all-round development with the co-operation of all councillors, forgetting differences of the past.

News Source : Times News Network [ Lightning News ]

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