IN A sudden turn of events, a section of the office-bearers of the SBI Workmen Union, Bhopal Circle, held a special meeting of the Central Committee here on Monday and announced appointment of Ramendra Nath Hore as the general secretary of the union.
In a press release on its letterhead, the SBIWU said that Hore, who has actively been into the union since long and was currently the state secretary of Chhattisgarh, has been ‘unanimously nominated’ as the new general secretary.
However, speaking to the Hindustan Times, the sitting general secretary of the union, Pramod Naramdeo, stated the election of Hore to be “purely illegal and unconstitutional”.
He said, “The SBIWU has a constitution and final decisions are taken by the Central Committee. Its president and general secretary alone can call meetings of the committee”.
Naramdeo said as he was in Jaipur to attend an important meeting of the union, the said meeting was called in his absence – which was purely illegal. “It’s a set of office-bearers, who called meeting and elected Hore in an unconstitutional manner and can’t be accepted by the union,” he asserted.
“We’re going to call a meeting of the Central Committee to discuss the ‘anti-union activity’ and take strict action,” said SBIWU senior vice-president Amar Nath Banerjee.
Though Hore could not be contacted, one of his office-bearers from Raipur, on condition of anonymity, alleged that the new general secretary was nominated due to irregularities in the union. “The step was taken after the ‘resignation’ of Naramdeo,” he claimed.
Hore’s nomination was hailed by SBIWU’s deputy general secretary Arun Bhagoliwal, Tariq Rafiq Ansari, Surendra Jasoria, Girish Khare, treasurer GD Mishra, vice president Tapan Roy Chowdhary and several others.