Calcutta: The Bengal Olympic Association (BOA) elections took a turn on Wednesday when present secretary Kamalesh Chatterjee set a condition to withdraw nomination.
At a meeting, which was organised by sports minister Madan Mitra to reach for a compromise formula, Chatterjee has said that he would be withdrawing nomination — Thursday being the last date — provided Debasish Banerjee is elected unopposed.
“I have told the sports minister that if Debasish is elected unopposed, I am ready to step aside,” Chatterjee said on Wednesday. Apart from Mitra, Chatterjee and Debasish, senior minister Subrata Mukherjee and president-elect Ajit Banerjee were also present during the meeting. For the record, Ajit is chief minister Mamata Banaerjee’s elder brother.
“Madan Mitra and Subrata Mukherjee both want everything settled amicably... Let’s see what happens,” Chatterjee said.
However, it was learnt that there will be elections for the post of vice-presidents and joint secretaries. Mamata’s younger brother, Swapan Banerjee is fighting for one of the joint secretaries post.
The following are in fray:
President: Ajit Banerjee (football); Vice-presidents (seven posts): Amar Nath Dey (handball), Dilip Ghosh (badminton), Sailen Dapsi (weightlifting), Bani Ghosh (cycling), Asit Banerjee (boxing), Ramanuj Mukhopadhyay (swimming), Chandan Roychowdhury (rowing), Gurbux Singh (hockey), Asit Saha (wrestling) and BG Mullick (shooting); General secretary: Kamalesh Chatterjee (kho kho) and Dilip Bhattacharya (volleyball); Joint secretaries (four posts): Rahul Mitra (triathlon), Subrata Dey (table tennis), Swapan Banerjee (boxing), Tapan Bakshi (judo), Jahar Das (baseball) and Abhijit Palit (kabaddi); Treasurer: Debasish Banerjee (athletics) and Kamal Bhandari (gymnastics).