Mumbai: Union Agriculture Minister and NCP strongman Sharad Pawar filed his nomination for the president's post in the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) a day after BJP leader Gopinath Munde did so, to make it a two-way fight for the reins of MCA at its October 18 biennial polls.
"Mr Sharad Pawar has filed his nomination to contest for the president's post," said Dr PV Shetty, the outgoing joint secretary, whose group headed by incumbent MCA chief Ravi Savant has already extended support to the political bigwig and former president.
Pawar filed his nomination as a representative of Parsi Pioneer Cricket Club and it has been proposed and seconded by Dr Shetty and Savant respectively. On Tuesday, deputy leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Munde, filed his nomination fueling speculations that he would get involved in a straight fight with Pawar.
The nomination papers would be scrutinised on October 12 and withdrawals, if any, would take place on October 15.
Pawar's move, after he completed his term as the president of the ICC in 2011, is considered in some circles as a first step towards regaining the top position in BCCI, which he headed from 2005-06 to 2007-08.
Pawar, who was succeeded by Vilasrao Deshmukh in MCA until he passed away last year - leading to Savant occupying the chair till date, has so far not openly expressed his desire to return to the helm of BCCI. But with the BCCI having changed its memorandum of rules and regulations that past presidents too can make a return to their post, this eventuality cannot be ruled out if he wins the election and becomes MCA president again.
Earlier in the day, MCA's polls gathered pace with the filing of nominations for all posts barring one by the group headed by outgoing vice president Vijay Patil, which too has already extended its support for Pawar's presidential aspirations.
"Dr Vijay Patil has filed his nomination for the vice presidentship. All our panel members barring Lalchand Rajput, who is away, filed their nominations today. Rajput will be filing it electronically later today and the physical form will be submitted tomorrow to the MCA," group spokesperson Dr Unmesh Khanvilkar said.
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