The list after withdrawal in the run up to the elections of National Labour Cooperative Federation (NLCF) has come out, throwing 15 candidates from Labour Contract Constituency (LCC) and 9 candidates from Forest Labour Constituency (FLC) in the fray.
Three directors from reserved categories were elected unopposed. The scrutiny and withdrawal of nominations papers have taken place on 8th and 9th July respectively. 12th July is the day for the election. The election result would be announced on the same day.
According to confirmed sources, the Sanjeev Kushalkar panel is set to win all the seats and the Opposition may offer a pathetic sight. “They will not be able to get more than 8-10 votes”, said Kushalkar after going through the profile of the voters.
Out of 15 candidates from LCC only eight seats are reserved for General Category but 13 candidates are in the fray. Two seats reserved for women and SC are elected unopposed.
There are nine candidates from FLC and four seats reserved for General Category. 6 candidates are in the fray. The seats reserved for Women in this constituency will go to the polls and from FLC two women candidates are in the fray but one is to be elected. One director from OBC category has been elected unopposed from FLC.
Total 22 candidates are left in the fray from both constituencies.
Those directors who got elected unopposed are Sunita Vilas Mali (Women) and Avinash Gotarne (SC) from LCC and Arjunrao Borude (OBC) elected unopposed from FLC.
“Out of 147 members from Labour Contract Cooperatives 120 members have already arrived in Delhi and members from Forest labour cooperatives are arriving today. The V.V.P Nair panel will be able to get only 10 votes”, he said.
More than seven directors on the board will be new comers. Perhaps for the first time in the history of NLCF, leading labour cooperative Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS) representative Kishor would be the one of board members.
This election could be unique also because delegates from North Eastern States are also in the fray.
Nafed’s government nominee Ashok Thakur has also filed his nomination papers from forest labour cooperative. This time a few outgoing directors including former MLA K Lingaiah, Bhaskar Hedge are not in fray.
Earlier, there was speculation that Ashok Dabas could face a rival as the name of Nafed Chairman Bijendra Singh was doing rounds. Later, it was revealed that his society had a mounting dues of Rs 1.45 lakh to NLCF.
Retired Chief Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Sukhdeo Indoria has been appointed as the returning officer to oversee the election process.
The board comprises of 17 directors out of which 10 seats are reserved for Labour Contract Cooperatives, 5 for Forest Cooperatives, 1 seat for government nominee and 1 seat for woman director.
Over 260 members are eligible to cast their votes during the election.