Two prominent city clubs will go to poll in close succession, less than two months after an election at CC&FC that resulted in a 144-hour stand-off and prompted observers to dub it more lawless than panchayat polls.
The election at Hindusthan Club, which has 2,425 members, will be held on Saturday afternoon at its 67th annual general meeting.
Twenty-one seats at the Sarat Bose Road club, which sticks to Jain vegetarian food and does not allow alcohol on its premises, are likely to be filled up through polls.
Two candidates are running for the president’s post — Ram Krishna Agarwal (a member of the executive committees of the CII and the Indian Chamber of Commerce, and a former director of Ernst and Young India Pvt. Ltd.) and Shyam Sunder Agarwal (the chairman and managing director of the Srijan group and NK Realtors Private Limited).
Refurbishment of the club and upgrade of its facilities form the primary poll plank of both contenders. While R.K. Agarwal is relying on one-on-one communication, his rival has put up billboards across the city.
Asked about his rival, S.S. Agarwal said: “He (R.K. Agarwal) is a good candidate but I am a better candidate.” R.K. Agarwal’s take on his rival: “He is a respectable man.”
Former president Alok Garodia does not approve of S.S. Agarwal’s decision to put up billboards outside the club. “We call the club our second home and no matter what, matters of the home should not go outside.”
The election at the Saturday Club will be held on September 25 evening at its 114th annual general meeting. Vice-president Soumitra Sen is set to take over as president uncontested.
There will be five candidates for the seat of vice-president, 10 for seven seats in the general committee and 11 for 10 seats in the balloting committee.