Bhubaneswar, Sep 27: Asit Tripathy was on Monday elected as president of Bhubaneswar Club. Tripathy defeated Bijay Kumar Patnaik by 278 votes. Tripathy secured 776 votes while Patnaik got 498 votes. Both have served as chief secretaries under the Odisha government.
The voting for various posts of the club was held for two days and as many as 1267 members cast their votes. Sources said that the club has as many as 1854 eligible voters.
The election for various posts of the club was held after the demise of the former bureaucrat Priyabrat Patnaik who held the post of president for several years.
Both Bijay Patnaik and Asit Tripathy worked in various capacities after their retirement. Bijay was made the chief of the Odisha Staff Selection Commission and then member of Odisha Human Rights Commission. Similarly Tripathy, after his retirement as chief secretary was appointed as principal advisor to CM and chairman of Western Odisha Development Council.
Starting with 23 members in 1950, the Bhubaneswar Club has now a membership strength of more than 3,000 members. The Club has reciprocal facilities with more than 180 elite Clubs spread all over India including many Clubs abroad.