The ongoing internal strife in The Nawanshahr Truck Owners Union, if not resolved soon, could lead to delays in lifting of wheat in mandis.
A faction of the Union led by Jaswant Bharta has raised a banner of revolt against the president Manjit Singh, accusing him of cheating and delays in clearance of their dues.
The Jaswant faction has also accused him of loading goods from his company in an arbitrary manner. The activists have also submitted a memorandum to the senior superintendent of police in this regard.
Bharta, who claimed to have the support of 406 out of the total 426 truckers in the union, while taking to HT on Friday said they had two major demands. Manjit Singh should either prove that he had majority support in the union or else he should order re-election. He said their faction would wait for the resolution of the conflict till Saturday.
Meanwhile, Manjit Singh has termed all the allegations as baseless. He said that he had consecutively been elected union president thrice-through voting in the first two elections and unanimously, for seven years, in the last election held two years ago.
He further refuted the claims of Bharta that over 400 truckers were with him, adding that 150 of them were from his own family.
He maintained that the entire episode was being raised at the behest of some local Congress leaders to defame the present government by creating hurdles in the lifting of wheat from the mandis. Manjit Singh maintained that there would be no problem related to lifting of the produce.
A local commission agent, who is also president of the Federation of Arthiya Union, Punjab, Manjinder Singh Walia, said their federation was concerned that the tussle could impact wheat procurement.
He said the truckers had assured them of sending their vehicles to mandis by 8 am on Saturday to lift the procured wheat. However, if the union let them down they would meet the deputy commissioner at 10 am.