Bhubaneswar: Election to various posts of Utkal Chemist and Druggist Association (UCDA) was held amidst tight police security, here on Saturday.

P. Satyanarayan was elected as the new president as he defeated his rival by 64 votes. Prashant Mohapatra was elected as general secretary by defeating his rival by 34 votes.

BK Pani, Gopinath Barik and D. Padhi conducted the elections. There were 179 members from 26 districts who participated in the election.

The UCDA office bearer election had become a matter of contention with two rival factions were in the race to take control of the largest body of medicine traders of the State.