A rift has emerged over leadership in Gujarat Institute of Housing and Estate Developers (Gihed).
The real estate developers’ body had decided to have separate posts of chairman and president and get away with the body having one supreme post — chairman-cum-president. As a result, a president was elected in Gihed after a span of four years.
During the board meeting on September 16, Gihed board of directors announced the selection of Vyapti Group chairman Yogesh Bhavsar as the chairman of the body and managing director of Siddhi Group Dipak Patel as the president. The duo was to take charge in October.
However, the board changed the decision at its meeting on October 9 and decided to have only one man holding the top post i.e. chairman-cum-president. As a result, an election took place where Bhavsar defeated Patel by seven votes.
“Rushabh Patel had made all necessary preparation for the property show — last month — as the president of Gihed, so he and his team continued to hold the position despite selection of the new people,” said sources in Gihed.
It should be noted that the last election for Gihed president took place in 2007 where Shekhar Patel of Ganesh Housing was elected for a term of two years — 2007-2009.
Apparently fear of coordination gap forced the board of directors to change its decision, but power avidity could be the main issue.
“We felt that having two heads would lead to coordination problems. This is why board of directors conducted fresh election for the post of chairman-cum-president,” said Bhavsar, the newly elected chairman-cum-president of Gihed.
When contacted, Dipak Patel refused to comment over the issue. “I am part of the organisation and will work towards the betterment of the organisation,” he said.