Hyderabad: The high-decibel campaign for the sixth trade union polls in Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) came to an end at 5 pm on Tuesday. In all 52,534 coal miners and employees will vote on Thursday to elect the area-level recognised unions in the 11 divisions, besides the company-level recognised trade unions. With their influence on the wane, the central trade unions have taken it up as a do-or-die battle.
The TRS-affiliated Telangana Boggu Gani Karmika Sangham (TBGKS) has gone all out to retain its hold as the company-level representative union for a second four-year term. The campaign reached a feverish pitch with AITUC, INTUC and even TNTUC coming together in a bid to stonewall the onslaught of TBGKS, which has made rapid inroads in the strongholds of the central unions, including HMS, BMS and CITU.
The trade union poll is being viewed as a dress rehearsal for the general elections in 2019. The mood is upbeat in the TBGKS camp in view of the ground gained by the ruling TRS. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has considered the genuine demands of the coal miners and gained their confidence as the leader who would stand by his word to deliver.
Almost all the trade unions carried a door-to-door campaign reaching out to every coal miner. Led by Nizamabad MP K Kavitha, who is also the honorary president of TBGKS, the Sangham was way ahead of other unions in the last but intensified phase of electioneering. For more than a month, all TRS MLAs and MPs confined themselves to the coal belt. So is the case with Ministers from the area.