Bhubaneswar: Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) Chairman and former Chief Secretary to Odisha Government Asit Tripathy was elected as the President of Bhubaneswar Club here today.
The retired IAS Officer won with a margin of 278 votes by defeating his key rival Bijay Patnaik, the former Chief Secretary of Odisha, in the two-day polls held on September 25 and 26.
Tripathy received 776 votes while 498 votes went for Patnaik in the elections.
The recent elections to Bhubaneswar Club had turned crucial as two former chief secretaries — Asit Tripathy (1986-batch IAS Officer) and Bijay Patnaik (1976-batch IAS Officer) — were locking the horns for the President post.
Finally, Tripathy emerged as the winner in the elections.
“We will work to make this institution a multi-dimensional Club,” Tripathy told reporters after poll results.
He thanked everyone for support and encouraging to fight the polls for development of the Bhubaneswar-based city club.
IAS Vishal Dev was elected as Secretary, Mahendra Gupta as Vice President and Ashok Kumar Mishra Joint Secretary.
The Executive Committee Members are as follows: Dr Debabrata Biswal got 523 votes, Parthajeet Patnaik secured 685 votes, Pragati Kumar Mohanty bagged 593 votes, CA Sarat Chandra Bhadra got 579 votes, Tutul Kishore Das 692 votes and PV Mohan 507 votes.