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Congress wins Kheda milk union election with thumping majority

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Anand: Congress-supported candidates today won the ‘Kheda District Cooperative Milk Producers Union’ (KDCMPU) elections with a clear majority on 10 out of 13 seats, while arch rival BJP shrunk to two seats.

“Congress won 10 blocks in ‘Kheda District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union elections, while BJP managed to win two seats. One seat was won by an independent candidate,” poll returning officer B S Patel announced today.

The elections were held yesterday.

The Congress won Anand, Khambhat, Borsad, Thasra, Kathlal, Kapadvanj, Mahemadavad, Nadiaid, and Virpur seats along with one seat of promoters of the dairy. The BJP managed to win Matar and Balasinor seats, while Petlad block was won by independent candidate Tejas Patel.

KDCMPU is the only bastion in the milk cooperative sector in Gujarat where Congress has been ruling since 2006. KDCMPU is one of the 13 constituents of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets its products under popular brand ‘Amul’. The winner of KDCMPU automatically gets a seat in Board of Directors of GCMMF.

Congress MLA from Thasra, Ramsinh Parmar, was re-elected chairman of KDCMPU for the third time as a panel supported by his party contested election under his leadership.

Parmar was earlier elected for the post of chairman in 2006 and 2009. This time he will have a stint of six years.

Parmar was declared winner in an uncontested election on Thasra block seat, while BJP’s Vipul Patel won Matar block seat, also in an uncontested poll, the returning officer said.

Two panels, one led by Parmar and another by Patel, had contested the election for new Board of Directors yesterday, where around 964 voters were registered.

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