Even as the mayor and commissioner could be found in a frenzy over pending projects, the employees are pre-occupied and full of activity for the forthcoming union elections. Collections, canvassing and chorus have reached their crescendo. Union leaders are busy on their phones, while employees from various zones are making a beeline to the head office.
According to the observers, this year, competition has pushed the big unions to make all efforts to secure maximum votes. While top leaders are touring far flung areas under GHMC to make sure that no vote goes against them, the working presidents are giving directions to the union workers on the reach out strategy. The Congress affiliated Municipal Sahakar Mazdoor Union has adopted a novel strategy by placing colourful cut-outs of their symbol all over the building, while other unions completely put up flags and stickers.
The BMS (Bhagyanagar Municipal Employees Union), is leaving nothing to chance as its closest competitor Greater Hyderabad Municipal Employees Union affiliated to TRS is being perceived as the best bet amongst all the unions in this elections.
The observers believe that it would be a neck-to-neck race between the two main rivals. The GHMC office has leaders with loud speakers, while some of them are reaching out to the employees in their cabins. Folk artists are much in demand with some of them camping in the premises.
Officials who maintain the employees’ records are facing problems in tweaking electoral lists, as they have not been maintained.