Nominations are to be filed on the polling day itself and voting is slated to begin at 11 am, as per the schedule finalised.
Going by history, both Congress and BJP are likely to be at loggerheads to control the cooperative that enjoys an annual turnover of nearly Rs. 12,000 crore and manages the affairs of prestigious ‘Amul’ brand. GCMMF consists of 16 milk unions.
However, present chairman Parthi Bhatol of BJP is reported to be keen on getting re-elected and this may be a dilemma for the party as it has sensed widespread discontent against him. Consequently, the BJP is believed to be considering other names. On the other hand, the Congress is trying its best to exploit the environment against Bhatol and get its candidate elected for the coveted post.
The election itself had become a contentious issue as it is taking place in the wake of a High Court order. Chairmen of two dairy cooperatives – Vadodara and Anand – moved the court on the notion that the delay in elections was a deliberate ploy by the ruling govt which is facing assembly poll in the year-end.
The court on 20th July had subsequently ordered the District Collector of Anand to complete the election process within a month. The elections will now be held on the 18th August. ab