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Kurien likely to attend tomorrow's crucial GCMMF Board meeting

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Vadodara, Mar 23 (UNI) Legendary co-operative leader Dr Verghese Kurien, who recently resigned as chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) following a rebellion in the Board, is unlikely to attend tomorrow's crucial Board meeting.

According to sources close to Dr Kurien, though he had cancelled his proposed visit to Chennai to address a memorial lecture there tomorrow in the wake of the recent developments concerning the Rs 3,600 crore dairy co-operative giant, he was unlikely to participate in the meeting.

All the 12 district dairy co-perative bodies' chairmen, a majority of whom had earlier planned to move a no-confidence motion against Dr Kurien in tomorrow's board meeting, would accept the the founding chairman's resignation only after a formal discussion, the sources said.

On March 20, Dr Kurien resigned from the chairmanship of GCMMF which he was heading since its inception in the milk capital of Anand in 1973.

Federation sources said even as Dr Kurien's membership in the managing committee had been invalidated by the registrar of co-operatives by virtue of a recent Gujarat High Court order, the chairman had every right to attend the Board meeting until it was accepted by the members.

Clarifying that there would be no voting for the post of GCMMF chairman tomorrow, sources said, as per the procedure, the district collector has to announce the election schedule only after the board accepted the resignation of Dr Kurien.

Even though the by-laws permitted Dr Kurien to be co-opted as a dairy management expert before GCMMF was registered in 1974, the recent Gujarat High Court order banning co-option of members on the managing committee of the co-operative bodies in the State forced him to resign from the chairmanship of the largest dairy co-operative in the country in order to avoid further embarrassment at the board meeting.

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