BCCI elections: Rajat Sharma included in draft electoral roll, but…

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The Delhi and District Cricket Association president Rajat Sharma has been included in the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s draft electoral roll. But the rival faction has upped the ante against the DDCA Apex Council’s decision to nominate its president for the BCCI AGM.

The preliminary draft role, issued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Electoral Officer N Gopalaswami, includes 38 representatives from the BCCI’s full member State bodies. Rajat Sharma with the “masterstroke” of getting his representation ratified by an overwhelming majority in the DDCA Apex Council, has scored a major win over the rivals who are trying to keep the veteran media person and cricket administrator out of the BCCI electoral process.

However, hurdles still prevail for Sharma as the rival group, led by DDCA secretary Vinod Tihara, has upped the ante to block the president’s candidature for the BCCI electoral process. While Sharma enjoys the majority support in the DDCA Apex Council (Board of Directors), Tihara it is said has a stronghold on the DDCA members. That is why the Tihara faction is time and again citing DDCA’s Article of Association and the Supreme Court-recommended draft constitution, which make it mandatory for the general body to ratify the State body’s representative to attend the BCCI AGM.

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Interestingly, Sharma was elected to the DDCA president’s office with Tihara’s support with the latter contesting and winning as the secretary from the same panel.

The desperate rivals are claiming to be working with optimism to prevent Sharma from representing the DDCA in the BCCI AGM. Shortly after the BCCI Electoral Officer had released the preliminary draft electoral roll late last evening, Tihara has sent an email to the three-member CoA by 2 O’clock at night. The mail is also copied to the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Sports Minister.

Tihara in the mail has raised the following four questions on the developments which led to Sharma’s nomination for the BCCI electoral process.

1)    Is the DDCA Apex Council empowered to amend its Articles of Association by deleting Articles incorporated by the Special Bench of the Delhi High Court.

2)   Can the DDCA Apex Council delete the Article enforced by the Delhi High Court. The Article mandates that the DDCA representative shall be appointed by the General Body of the DDCA.

3)   Can the DDCA Apex Council delete the Supreme Court-enforced BCCI Constitution, to be followed mandatorily by all State associations.

4)   Can the Apex Council amend its AoA and introduce additional Articles and delete articles which are “not mandated” by the Supreme Court.

The email further states that since “the DDCA president did not ‘enjoy the confidence of its (DDCA) General Body’, he has no business to represent the DDCA before any forum, much less the BCCI”.

InsideSport.co has sent text messages to the DDCA president for his reaction. There is no response till the time of filing this report. Reactions, if any, will be published as and when received.

The Electoral Officer has also given time till Monday for submitting objections, if any, to the entries in the Electoral Draft Roll. The rival faction is sparing no effort to avail this last opportunity.

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“We will w0rk on every possible remedy available to us under the law,” DDCA Director Sanjay Bhardwaj told InsideSport.co. “Honestly speaking, we are not opposed to an individual. It is about following the process. We are simply saying call a general body. Ratify the amendments you want in a legitimate manner. Get your nomination approved as per the legitimate Articles of Association of the DDCA.

“We are highlighting the procedures and rules breached by a handful of people with an ill-intention to take unfettered control of the body that has more than 4,300 members. I as an elected director take moral responsibility to ensure the laws of the association are followed in the best interest of the Delhi cricket.”

Former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly, Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah (Gujarat Cricket Association), former BCCI president Anurag Thakur’s brother Arun Singh Dhumal (Himachal), Mohammad Azharuddin (Hyderabad), former Test cricketer Brajesh Patel (Karnataka), Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav Gehlot, former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah’s son Jaydev Shah (Saurashtra) and former IPL commissioner Rajiv Shukla from the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association will be the other prominent names at the BCCI AGM slated for October 23.

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