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JSA polls announced

The much-awaited election of Jharkhand’s oldest sports body is finally on tracks even though a decision over a candidate for the all-important post of secretary hangs in balance.

The football-sub-committee of Jamshedpur Sporting Association (JSA) announced the date of the election as April 8 after a late evening meeting at Jamshedpur’s JRD Tata Sports Complex on Monday.

However, the poll schedule was announced without fulfilling mandatory quorum for the meeting. Only five (out of 14) elected and nominated members attended the meeting chaired by former secretary Sandeep Das. JSA assistant secretary Avinash Kumar was also present.

Sources said the football committee could not take decisions if the quorum was not met. However, as per JSA norms, decisions can be taken after adjourning the meeting for half an hour, even if the quorum was not complete. It is not clear if the rule was followed while declaring the polls.

The announcement could create more controversy as the 34 affiliated clubs of the JSA are reportedly in two minds about taking part in the process. “Polls has been announced without nominating a secretary. We are not sure if we would participate in it,” secretary of a club said.

Most of his counterparts in other football clubs agreed.

Announcing the elections, JSA assistant secretary Avinash Kumar said it would be held on April 8 for a period of four years.

The polls will be held to elect seven members of the football sub-committee, he said, adding names of the remaining seven nominated members has been sent to the JSA president for approval.

Presidents/secretaries of JSA-affiliated football clubs have been asked to collect the poll-related papers from JRD Tata Sports Complex during office hours by April 6.

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