Mumbai: BJP leader Gopinath Munde has become the latest senior politician from Maharashtra to show interest in being part of Mumbai’s cricket administration.
A local club on Tuesday sent a letter to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), saying the former deputy chief minister would represent it at the biennial elections of the association’s office-bearers, scheduled for October 18.
[That someone from the BJP or the Shiv Sena could get into the act, after Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and Sharad Pawar appeared headed for a face-off in the MCA, was reported by The Telegraph on Tuesday.]
However, it’s not known whether Munde, deputy leader of BJP in Lok Sabha, would be contesting the elections after his name was forwarded to MCA by Stylo Cricket Club from Mazgaon as its representative at the annual general meeting.
The interest shot up Monday when the Mazgaon Cricket Club sent a letter to the association, saying Chavan, who belongs to Congress, would represent the club, fuelling speculation he would contest against former MCA chief and NCP leader Pawar for the president’s post.
Incidentally, both these clubs are owned by the same person, according to MCA sources.
Pawar’s name has already been sent to the MCA for the elections as a representative of another club.
Union agriculture minister Pawar, a former president of BCCI and ICC, has shown interest in contesting the election, according to Ravi Savant, who is the MCA’s president at this point of time.
“He (Pawar) has declared he will be contesting the election. Anybody can contest if he has got proper representation of a club, and he has got it.
“Recently, he changed his address, because of the technical objection raised last time. He has expressed his wish to me and it is quite likely that he will contest,” Savant said.
The presence of these three big politicians, from different parties, has livened up the election scene.
According to rules, a candidate needs representation of an MCA-affiliated club to contest polls. Today is the last date for clubs to prepare representative voter list.
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar is also one of the voters in the elections along with his wife Manali.