With three associations (Vidarbha, Tripura and then Hyderabad) so far having implemented the Lodha reforms, pressure is now mounting on the others to follow suit. On Wednesday , it emerged that the Lodha Committee has threatened to initiate contempt proceedings against the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on the grounds that the resolution adopted by the state association during its Special General Meeting (SGM) on November 7 was in breach of the Supreme Court's order on July 18.
Following this development, the MCA has decided to hold a meeting of its managing committee on November 26. The meeting will be chaired by MCA president Sharad Pawar, who, if the reforms are implemented in toto, will have to relinquish his post.As per the recommendations, those who are 70 and above cannot be office bearers either at the state or the BCCI level. Pawar is 75.
During the November 7 SGM, the MCA members agreed that the 'one state, one vote' clause in the Lodha Committee recommendations was “unfair“ and had the potential to “affect their very existence“. There were a few senior members, though, like Shripad Halbe, who were in favour of the MCA accepting the reforms in full.The meeting had been called to discuss the apex court's directive that debarred the BCCI from disbursing funds to state associations until absolute implementation of the Lodha reforms.
“We can't help it if a majority of our members do not approve all the recommendations,“ an MCA official told TOI.
In a letter to the MCA, Lodha panel secretary Gopal Sankaranarayanan said: “The Mumbai Cricket Association is an intervener before the Supreme Court, and was heard on all issues raised including the One State One Vote point. Unlike other Associations, it is not available to it to now raise the same objection on which a judgment has been delivered."
Courtesy: The Times of India