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Visakhapatnam, March 2 The front formed by the CITU and AITUC has emerged victorious in the polls for the recognised union status in the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, displacing the union affiliated to the INTUC.

The election was held on Saturday and the results were announced late at night. The victorious front polled 6,597 votes and the INTUC 4,361. The remaining votes were bagged by the smaller unions.

The elections were mainly over three issues — the decision of the steel management to offload 25 per cent stake, the delay in the allotment of the captive mines to the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and the long-pending wage revision. On all the three fronts, the INTUC-led union found itself on the defensive.

Mr N. Rama Rao (CITU) is the General Secretary of the victorious panel, Mr D. Adinarayana (AITUC) the President, and Mr V. Dharmaraju (CITU) the Deputy Gneral Secretary.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 3, 2008)
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