Two days after claiming that he wasn't in the fray, incumbent J&K Cricket Association President, Dr Farooq Abdullah was reelected as the president of the cricketing body amid ‘chaos and confusion’ during the working committee meeting on Monday in which elections for top posts were held.
Elections of JKCA were held at Grand Lalit Hotel on Monday after three years. Insiders said there was chaos and confusion inside the election hall as some members protested that few office bearers and senior members of the association have not been allowed to participate in the elections.
Reports said that vice chairman Jammu Shastri Cricket Club and another vice chairman from Sopore Club were barred from taking part in the elections as their names didn't appear in the list that was pasted outside the election hall.
“Why those members are not being allowed to participate in the election who at present are the part of the association and participated in almost all the important meetings of the association,” some members from different cricket clubs during election process raised the question amid noisy scenes.
Reports said that vice chairman Jammu Shastri Cricket Club, Shambu Nath Sharma and another vice chairman from Sopore, Javid Ahmed Kitab did not find their names in the list and left the venue.
“To pave way for the entry of the fake members, the real members were barred from taking part in the election process,” a member said on condition of anonymity.
The elections were held for the first time after surfacing of the multi-crore cricket scam and was marred by arguments and protests. Dr Abdullah was once again elected the President of the highest sports body of the state while Arvind Singh Mikkhi was elected Chairman.
Some of the members who were chosen as the office bearers included M L Nehru (General Secretary), Idrees Gundhroo (Joint Secretary), Ghulam Muhammad Ronga (Vice Chairman) and Ghulam Muhammad Bhat was elected Treasurer.
Sources privy to the meeting told CNS that JKCA President on the occasion said that the association has received some bank cheques worth Rs 2 crore from, Ehsan Mirza, one of the accused involved in the cricket scam. "Mirza has informed the association in case it is proved through investigation that he is involved in misappropriation of Cricket Association funds, he would pay every penny,” Dr. Abdullah informed the JKCA members.
Pertinently, Dr Abdullah had announced that he would not be contesting elections, this time round. “It is enough, I have stood for long now, will not stand for the post of the President again. I have always been elected for the post unopposed and have tried to serve the Association to the best of my capabilities,” he had said while talking to media a couple of days ago.
The last elections of the cricket body were held in 2011 in which Dr. Abdullah, who has been heading the body for close to three decades, was re-elected as President, unopposed. Mirza was elected general Secretary while Aslam Goni was elected as Chairman.
However after unearthing of the multi-crore scam, Mirza, Goni and administrative officer Saleem Khan had to resign from their posts.