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Mayor worried over divided UCPMA ahead of Sep 14 polls

punjab Updated: Aug 31, 2013 21:37 IST
Sachin Sharma
Sachin Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Factionalism in the soon-to-go-to-polls United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers' Association (UCPMA) does not bode well for business, feels city mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria.


The UCPMA, the city's biggest grouping of cycle and cycle parts' manufacturers, will go to polls on September 14, and in the run-up to it has been divided into two factions.

City mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, himself a member of the UCPMA, says that the level of factionalism that has gripped the industry these days is not a healthy trend. Contacted, he said that the factionalism in the association had “touched a low level” and was harmful for the overall welfare of the industry.

“In the annual general meeting of the association, I had urged the members of association to maintain dignity of the association's first name 'United',” he said.

“The industry will suffer because of this factionalism. We can get our issues resolved only if we are united,” he said.

The mayor's opinion was seconded by Gurwant Singh, the general secretary of Small Scale Industrialists and Traders Association (SSITA): “This over activism by factions in industrial bodies has become a cause of concern for many hardworking small-scale industrialists.”

He said that electioneering for UCPMA polls this year had “left behind all levels of decency and stooped to such a low that a common businessman has become worried about his future”.

He also appealed the contenders to not create borders in industry. “There should instead be a positive and healthy competition,” he said.

SSTIA chairman Ramesh Rattan said factions should avoid negative campaigning against each other, and leave some room for future engagements so that the industry is benefitted at large.

Factionalism in the soon-to-go-to-polls United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers' Association (UCPMA) does not bode well for business, feels city mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria.