Calcutta/Mumbai: On a day when senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde became the first political bigwig to file his nomination to contest for the president’s post in the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) elections, the Bombay High Court rejected Prof. Ratnakar Shetty’s appeal against an amendment made by the MCA, thus barring him from being a candidate in the MCA polls.
Prof. Shetty failed to get relief from the court, apparently on technical grounds. He had challenged an amendment by the MCA which bars those employed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from contesting elections.
So though Prof. Shetty can participate in the upcoming MCA elections, he will not be able to be a candidate as he is a BCCI employee.
Prof. Shetty is the BCCI’s general manager (game development).
Mayank Parekh, who had also challenged the MCA amendment, will have to wait a little longer.
The judgement on his appeal was expected on Tuesday afternoon, but it has been deferred till Wednesday .
Parekh is executive assistant to Narayanswamy Srinivasan.
On the other hand, Munde, after filing his nomination at the MCA office on Tuesday, said: “There are a lot of issues facing the MCA’s clubs and members. They lack facilities and I want to improve them. That’s one of the reasons I want to contest the elections.”
Asked whether he would be contesting against another heavyweight Maharashtra politician, Sharad Pawar, who has also evinced interest to return to the helm of MCA, the BJP deputy leader in the Lok Sabha said: “I am the first to file the nomination for president. I don’t know about Mr Pawar.”
MCA joint secretary Dr PV Shetty said: “Mr Munde filed his nomination today. He is contesting as an independent. So far, there is no other nomination for the president’s post.”
The last date for nomination is October 11.