Mired in controversy once again, uncertainty hangs over RCA elections – 2017
A hectic day was witnessed at RCA on Sunday a day after elections were called off.
Last Updated: April 23, 2017, 7:54 pm
Jaipur: Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections – 2017 are once again mired in controversies. Hours after reports of elections being called off, a fraction in RCA came in support of Congress leader CP Joshi, who is tipped to be fighting for the top post, and said that polls would take place as scheduled. A hectic day was witnessed on Sunday at RCA in Jaipur where a meeting of executive committee took place. Five deputy presidents of RCA took part in the meeting. Of total 21 members of the committee, 16 were present. Many Lalit Modi loyalists switched sides and supported Joshi. RCA Deputy President Mehmood Abdi said that he was taking strong exception to “the bogus impression created by irresponsible statements issued by vested interests” about the elections being called off. “These statements are baseless and malafide as the decision to call off the election is solely determined on legal grounds,” said Abdi in a statement. When the process of election started the amended constitution of the RCA brought in line with the recommendation of Lodha Committee was pending before the registrar of cooperative societies. As such pendency of approval was no bar to go ahead with the election process, Adbi said. Registrar of cooperative societies of Rajasthan returned the amended constitution to RCA, but the new constitution was rejected on the grounds of eight points which are not in conformity with the Rajasthan Sports act, 2005. Some of the points are as follow:
- In terms of Lodha Committee recommendations RCA made provision for formation of players association. Whereas, there is no provision for such an association in the sorts Act in sports.
- In terms of Lodha committee recommendations RCA provided for nominated members in the executive committee of the Association. While there is no such provision in the sports Act.
- In the amended constitution the election notice is issued by the electoral officer as per the Lodha committee terms. But in the sports act, the notice is to be issued by the Hony. Secretary of the Association.
- In terms of Lodha committee no person can be in the executive committee of the association for more than three terms. Whereas, there is no such bar in the sports Act.
- The “cooling off” applicable to the office holder after completion of three years in office is not in conformity with the sports Act.
- The age bar of 70 years, and bar on persons holding Ministers office, Government savants, association with any sports body other than cricket, being in office for maximum of nine years in continuation as provided in terms of Lodha Committee are not in conformity with the sorts Act.
- Provision for Ombudsman and the Ethics officer in terms of Lodha Committee recommendations and the powers vested in such positions are not in conformity with sports act.
- The dispute resolution process as provide as per Lodha Committee recommendations are also not in conformity with the sports.
First published: April 23, 2017