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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Trinamul Labour Organization Tastes Massive Defeat against CITU-INTUC Alliance

MALDA, 7 MAY: Trinamul Congress affiliate labour organization Indian National Trinamul Trade Union Congress (INTTUC) tasted a huge defeat when the  Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) – the labour organizations of the CPI-M and the Congress respectively joined hands in North Bengal State Transport Corporation Employees’ Cooperative Credit Society (NBSTCECCS) election. The election for nine seats was held yesterday out of which six seats were won by the CITU while the INTUC got three seats. INTTUC failed to open their account.

It may be noted that NBSTCECCS did not hold any election for years as the members were elected out of consensus. But this time the 207 members failed to reach any consensus as INTTUC did not agree to accept the consensus formula. As a result INTTUC fielded candidates in all nine seats while the CITU and the INTUC made the alliance to field six and three candidates respectively.

After the daylong election process yesterday counting was held at night which revealed that Narayan Goswami, Atanu Mitra, Debashis Das, Pradyut Sinha, Prasanta Ghosh and Samir Singha Roy of CITU along with Biswanath Dassharma, Rajkishor Singha and Subhasis Sengupta of INTUC have won the election. While the CITU – INTUC alliance got the highest 156 out of 207 polled votes the highest votes of an INTTUC candidate were only 62.

Today both CITU and INTTUC celebrated their victory. Central committee member of CITU affiliate transport employees’ union Nurul Islam said, “It is the victory against the anti-people transport policy of state governmentt.  Workers have voted for our movement against state government’s policy. This victory would certainly strengthen our movement.” INTUC leader Kaji Najrul Islam said, “It was the spontaneous alliance of the transport employees.” Manab Banerjee, INTTUC district president said, “We wanted to break the unholy alliance of the Congress and the CPI-M in NBSTC. Despite the defeat we will keep on fighting.” He made a dig, “Do the Congress leaders know that their workers had allied with CPI-M?”

Interestingly Dola Sen, the state INTTUC president was not ready to acknowledge this defeat as that of her organization. “I don’t know any of such election under the banner of INTTUC. Instead we have instructed the workers to keep away from election till our organization gets the symbol.”

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