CHANDIGARH, March 25: In a clean sweep, the Rawat-Rana panel bagged all nine posts of Chandigarh Press Club management in a fiercely fought election here on Sunday, March 25, results of which were announced late in the evening.
For the Pradeep Sharma-Sukhbir Bajwa-Nalin Acharya panel, the defeat was decisive. Much of the polemic leading up to today's actual balloting was built around bringing change, and moving ahead with better plans and informed expansion of facilities and endeavours.
In an official statement, the returning officer for the elections declared Barinder S. Rawat as the new president of the Chandigarh Press Club and Jaswant Singh Rana as its new secretary general. They defeated Pradeep Sharma and Nalin Acharya, respectively.
Saurabh Duggal of the Hindustan Times was elected as senior vice president, defeating Sukhbir Singh Bajwa, while Neha Sharma of the Times of India beat Archana Sethi for the post of vice president (woman).
Rajinder Nagarkoti trounced Amit Bhardwaj to become the new vice president -II while Sanjay Malhotra of PTC News was elected as secretary, pipping Anil Bhardwaj to the post.
Umesh Sharma and Karnail S Rana were both elected as joint secretaries, defeating Arvind Kumar Saini and Sunil Sharma.
Ramesh Handa was elected as treasurer, beating Ashwani Kumar.
A total of 609 voters of the 711 eligible voters cast their votes for the Chandigarh Press Club's governing council.
Barinder Singh Rawat defeated Pradeep Sharma by 65 votes for the post of president.
Saurabh Duggal retained the post of senior vice president by defeating Sukhbir Singh Bajwa by 85 votes.
For the post of Secretary General, Jaswant Singh Rana defeated Nalin Acharya with a margin of 94 votes.
Umesh Sharma and Karnail Singh Rana were elected Joint Secretaries.
For the post of secretary, Sanjay Malhotra retained the post by defeating Anil Bhardwaj by 69 votes.
Neha Sharma defeated Archana Sethi for the seat reserved for women (vice president - I) by a margin of 52 votes.
For vice president II, Rajinder Nagarkoti won by defeating Amit Bhardwaj by 131 votes, the highest vote margin.
For treasurer, Ramesh Handa retained the seat by defeating Ashwani Kumar with a margin of 86 votes.
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