Sunil Singh the former Chairman of Biscomaun who was locked in a fierce battle with the State Cooperative Minister Ramadhar Singh has lost his Chairmanship of Saran Primary Agricultural Society (PACS).
His election to the post was challenged by one Ram Sahay who got the verdict finally in his favour. Serving a major jolt to Sunil Singh, this development is sure to rattle the high profile cooperative leader.
The Joint Registrar is said to have issued orders setting aside the election of Sunil Singh as the Chairman of Saran PACS, said one of his detractors.
Former Biscomaun Chairman Sunil Singh, however contests this decision and told Indiancooperative.com that Joint Registrar was pressurized in canceling Dumri-Burj elections.Minister threatened Joint Registrar of transfer to Saharsa in a public meeting if he fails to act on Minister advice, Me Singh added.
Mr Singh further added that the state government had to amend cooperative act four times to get rid of one person. When they failed every time they conspired to hit me below the belt. He vowed to appeal against the decision in the court of Registrar and would go to High Court if justice is not delivered.
Bihar is a hotbed of cooperative politics in which political tussle between RJD and JDU gets played out. Right after the JDU’s accession to power, efforts to oust Sunil Singh from Biscomaun were set in motion. Sunil Singh is held to be close to former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Mr Singh defended it for quite a long. The battle touched its low-point when an old case was revived against the Cooperative Minister which cost him not only his Minister-ship but also imprisonment. Once out of jail, Ramadhar Singh worked out a strategy and ensured legal victory for the government. He dissolved Biscomaun’s board divesting Sunil Singh and team of all powers.
Readers could recall that Election Authority was set up in Bihar to ensure free and fair election to Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society a couple of years ago. The experiment had been a huge success leading to a reliable network of PACS across the state. Now all agricultural related schemes of the state government are being implemented through PACS.
In this changed scenario the importance of PACS need no special emphasis. The loss of former Biscomaun Chairman could be understood better in this light .
Sunil Singh, however continues to be on the board of fertilizer cooperative Kribhco.His opponents are now gunning for his removal from the board citing MSCS Act. They argue that he was a nominated member representing Biscomaun.And when he is no more Chairman of the Cooperative Federation, how could he remain on the board of Kribhco, they ask.