Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) chairman Vipul Chaudhary seems to be losing ground as all the members — barring two board members Ramsinh Parmar and Chaudhary himself — approved and passed a no-confidence motion against him.
On Thursday, 14 out of 17 members passed the resolution against Chaudhary, who is also chairman of Mehsana District Co-operative Milk Producers Union. Now, for implementation, the board will submit a copy of the resolution to Gujarat high court, which will decide Chaudhary’s fate. Till then, Chaudhary remains GCMMF chairman.
The meeting started around 12 pm where members started discussing the no-confidence motion. Chairman of Junagadh district milk union Ramsinh Bhetariya was absent due to ill health. Sensing that there was no support from other members, Chaudhary and Parmar walked out of the board meet.
The remaining 14 members — chairmen of district milk unions from Valsad, Ahmedabad, Sabarkantha, Vadodara, Panchmahals, Surat, Rajkot, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Amreli, Surendranagar, Gandhinagar, Kutch and Banaskantha — continued the meeting and unanimously passed the no-trust resolution.
Mohan Bharwad, chairman of Ahmedabad District Milk union, said: “Parmar and Chaudhary walked out of the meeting. However, we carried on and members passed the no-confidence motion against the chairman. Now, we are waiting for the HC’s nod.”
Gujarat high court on Wednesday allowed GCMMF to convene its meeting, and to discuss the agenda of no-confidence against Chaudhary and take a decision. Following the order, the members called for a meeting on Thursday.
GCMMF — which owns the Rs13,700 crore Amul brand — is into legal tangle since 14 of the 17 members moved a no-confidence motion against Chaudhary on October 23.
Chaudhary moves SC
Challenging the Gujarat high court’s order allowing GCMMF to hold a board meeting and vote on the no-confidence motion against him, Vipul Chaudhary filed a petition before the Supreme Court on Thursday.
In his petition, Chaudhary prayed for relief against HC order that allows federation to go ahead with the meeting or pass the no-confidence motion against him. The matter is likely to come up for hearing on Friday.
Modi’s message to Chaudhary
Chief minister Narendra Modi sent a strong message to Chaudhary during the opening of Gujarat State Cooperative Bank’s new building on Wednesday. In his speech, Modi said that it was probably the co-operative sector that made most number of rounds to court. “Am I right Vipul?” he asked Chaudhary from the dais.
“So many litigations are on within the co-operative sector. It could be understood if one had to go to the court for non-payment of dues. Instead, now litigations happen on issues like whether the meeting was held or not, was everybody present in the meeting or not, were the signatures genuine or not,” Modi had remarked.