Ludhiana: With less than a week to go for the September 3 elections of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers’ Association (UCPMA), factories of several bicycle industrialists have become war rooms and hotels and marriage palaces too are abuzz with activities.
Two groups—one led by Avtar Singh Bhogal and the other by DS Chawla—have decided to contest elections on all eight posts. They are busy chalking out strategies and organising parties to woo the voters, who will decide which group will rule UCPMA for the next two years. Social media and WhatsApp groups are being flooded with messages of support and vote.
To strike a chord with the voters who have factories in congested areas, the United Alliance Group (UAG), which is being supported by KK Seth, Charanjit Vishiwkarma and Jaswinder Thukral, conducted a two-wheeler rally. During the rally, contestants, led by their presidential candidate Avtar Singh Bhogal, visited units of members and appealed for votes.
UAG is fighting the elections on the agenda of development. Chief spokesperson of the group Charanjit Singh Vishiwkarma said, “We aim at upgrading the local bicycle industry by ending imports of cheap Chinese goods. Candidates of our group are known for their clean image and dedication towards uplift and welfare of the cycle industry and the UCPMA as well.”
The rival group, which is led by DS Chawla who is also its candidate for president’s post, has the support of bicycle industry veterans Joginder Kumar and Joga Singh. This group’s is highlighting the attack on Chawla in the August 18 annual general meeting (AGM) of the association. Chawla had alleged that the attack was orchestrated by the members of UAG and he even got an FIR registered against the group’s members, including Gurmeet Singh Kular, the presiding officer for the elections.
Chawla said, “Our fight is against the wrongdoings that took place in the UCPMA and we will expose the persons involved. I tried to raise my voice against these people during the AGM, but there was a cowardly attack on me, but nothing can deter me from speaking the truth. Everyone knows that our group and I have stood up for the industry and fought with different departments and governments for the betterment of the bicycle industry.”