Mumbai: Sharad Pawar was declared elected unopposed as president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), on Thursday by the election officer ahead of tomorrow’s biennial polls.
“Sharad Pawar has been declared elected unopposed as president of the Mumbai Cricket Association by election officer S. M. Gorwadkar,” MCA sources said. “Gopinath Munde, whose plea to contest the polls was rejected earlier in the day, has so far not approached the court against the decision,” the sources added.
Munde, whose application to contest the polls was rejected last Saturday by the election officer on the ground of his residential status, had appealed against the verdict, but it too was rejected, paving the way for the Union agriculture minister to get elected unopposed.
This is Pawar’s second innings as MCA president. Pawar, who has headed BCCI and also ICC in the past, is backed by all three groups contesting the biennial elections, which have seen intense lobbying for the other posts in the managing committee.
The three panels — Bal Mahaddalkar group, Cricket First and Shetty’s Group — are headed by outgoing MCA chief and BCCI vice-president Savant, incumbent vice-president Vijay Patil and Board general manager (game development) Prof. Ratnakar Shetty.
Meanwhile, Shetty said he will be attending Friday’s AGM and will question the MCA on various issues. “As far as I am concerned, I am not eligible to contest and vote but I am eligible to attend the AGM. We have put up a panel to contest in this elections,” Shetty told reporters here.