A panel of directors backed by newly-elected Unjha BJP MLA Asha Patel Monday wrested the local Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) from former BJP MLA Narayan Patel who controlled the Asia's largest spice market for the last 25 years. The Unjha APMC in Mehsana district of Gujarat mainly deals in cumin and Isabgol.
While voting for the election of 12 directors was held on June 9, the results were declared Monday by designated election authorities. The 'Vishwas Panel', led by Narayan Patel's son and sitting chairman Gaurang Patel, lost to the 'Vikas Panel' headed by Dinesh Patel, who enjoyed the support of Asha Patel.
Gaurang Patel has been the chairman of the Unjha APMC for the last eight years. The Vikas Panel won ten seats while Independents bagged the rest two, said election officer Pratik Upadhyay.
While Gaurang Patel, who was one of the contestants, lost the polls, his rival Dinesh Patel and his panel emerged victoriously. "Unjha APMC is having 15 directors- 12 elected and 3 nominated. Now, as per rules, a new chairman will be elected in a meeting of directors within ten days," said Upadhyay.
After the elections, Dinesh Patel, who is all set to become the next chairman, said he would work hard to resolve all the issues concerning farmers and traders associated with the APMC. "This APMC belongs to farmers and traders. I am thankful to them for putting trust in me. I will work hard to develop this APMC and resolve various issues concerning our farmers and traders," Dinesh Patel told reporters.
Asha Patel said this outcome was expected because farmers and traders wanted a change. "There were many issues. Farmers were complaining about vindictive policies and unauthorised collection of funds by the management. Farmers were under fear. This change was necessary to keep this APMC alive," she said.
Narayan Patel, who had won Unjha seat for five times, had lost to Asha Patel, who was earlier with the Congress, in the 2017 Assembly polls. She then switched sides and joined the BJP.
She subsequently won the Unjha assembly by-poll.
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