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Bureaucrats and politicians to be ineligible to fight election in sports associations and councils

Rajasthan government department has prepared the draft of a new bill that will allow only sportspersons to fight in elections.

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April 17, 2018, 11:20 am

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Jaipur: Bureaucrats and politicians will no longer be able to hold influential posts at sports associations in Rajasthan. Only sportspersons will be appointed as president, secretary, treasurer and for all other posts. The Rajasthan government’s sport department has prepared the draft of a new bill in this regard. The bill has been sent to chief minister Vasundhara Raje for her approval.

The move has been taken by the state government in connivance with recommendations given by Justice NK Jain committee. Nearly 25 influential bureaucrats and politicians are currently holding important posts in sports associations in Rajasthan.

As per the draft, only those who have been sportspersons and have first-hand experience about sports will be able to fight sports association elections.

  • Elections will take place once in every three years.
  • An election authority will be set up to conduct elections in all the sports associations and councils.
  • A sportsperson who has represented the state for at least five years can vote in the elections.

Sports associations and councils have become a playground for bureaucrats and politicians to wield their power and influence. The latest example was Rajasthan Cricket Association elections last year. The election was fought between senior Congress leader CP Joshi and Ruchir Modi, the son of ex-IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.

First published: April 13, 2018