ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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OIL-Squeezing the Industrial Society

sugar factories inAhmednagar were equally fierce, involving expenditure of lakhs of rupees and charges of large-scale bribing of voters. Not in all cases, however, did the existing overlords manage to retain their control. In 15 co-operatives the old boards were completely routed and control passed into other hands; in some cases, the new bosses are those who had been ousted last year. For instance, in Rahuri in Ahmednagar and Dudhganga in Kolhapur, Baburao Tanpure and Hindurao Patil, respectively, recaptured the boards, replacing the existing directors. The chairman of the Rhogavati sugar factory, Dadasaheb Patil, who is also vice-chairman ot the Maharashtra State Co-operative Sugar Factories Association, failed to get his panel elected, though he himself managed to get through. In the process, he has lost the vice-chairmanship of the apex body of the sugar co-operatives. But in Sholapur district, Shankarrm Mohite-Patil, of the one-lakh-guest marriage least fame, retained his com plete hold over three sugar co-operatives. In a number of cases, established co-operative bosses like Shankairio Kolhe, chairman of the Maharashtra State Co-operative Sugar Factories Association, Ratnappa Kumbhar and Tatya- saheb Kore managed to get their panels elected unopposed.

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