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Sharad Pawar elected unopposed as President of MCA

It was merely a formality for Pawar to take the MCA's top post after Gopinath Munde's nomination for the post rejected and even his appeal against that rejection dismissed.

CNN-IBN |October 17, 2013, 10:02 PM IST
Sharad Pawar elected unopposed as President of MCA

Mumbai: Former BCCI and ICC President Sharad Pawar has been elected as Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) chief unopposed, the election officer announced it on Thursday evening ahead of Friday's biennial polls.

It was merely a formality for Pawar to take the MCA's top post after Gopinath Munde's nomination for the post rejected and even his appeal against that rejection dismissed earlier on Thursday.

However, Munde have planned to move court to seek a stay on the elections. His nomination was rejected on Thursday after he failed to prove himself as a Mumbai resident. Munde, however, said he had submitted his passport, his income-tax receipts and his Permanent Account Number (PAN) despite which his nomination was rejected. The BJP politician also reckoned that MCA's rejection of his nomination was illegal.

He contended that Pawar himself was not a permanent resident of Mumbai and changed his address only two months ago. Munde, sources told CNN-IBN, will approach city Civil Court seeking a stay on the MCA elections.

With Pawar's return to cricket administration, the anti-N Srinivasan lobby in the BCCI is set to get a shot in the arm as it's a well-established fact that Pawar and Srinivasan are not on the same page.

So a lot of fireworks can be expected in the coming days as Pawar will attend BCCI meetings after being elected as the MCA president. Pawar's return as MCA president is exactly what Srinivasan has feared for a long time.

In fact, MCA standing president Ravi Savant, who was the interim treasurer of the BCCI, was given the go-ahead by Srinivasan to postpone the MCA elections earlier so as to prevent Pawar from returning to MCA in time before the board's Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Pawar served as BCCI President between 2005 and 2008. He was the chief of ICC from 2010 to 2012.

Pawar is backed by all three groups contesting the biennial elections, which have seen intense lobbying for the other posts in the Managing Committee.

The three panels - Bal Mahaddalkar group, Cricket First and Shetty's group - are headed by outgoing MCA chief Ravi Savant, incumbent Vice-President Vijay Patil and Cricket Board General Manager (Game Development) Ratnakar Shetty.

Savant and Patil are involved in a fight for bagging the two vice-President posts in a triangular contest also featuring Shetty's panel member Pankaj Thakur.

Shetty, MCA's long-time administrator has, however, been debarred from contesting the polls as he is a paid employee of BCCI, the Association's parent body.

The treasurer's post would see a straight contest between Vinod Deshpande (Mahaddalkar group) and Mayank Khandwala (Cricket First).

There are four contestants for the two Joint Secretary posts - incumbents Nitin Dalal and PV Shetty (both from Mahaddalkar group), Unmesh Khanvilkar (Cricket First) and former Joint Secretary Pravin Barve (Shetty group).

(With PTI inputs)

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