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Elections on the card for secretarial posts in ACA

Guwahati, March 24: Hectic politicking has started among cricket organisers across the state with barely two days left before the Assam Cricket Associationís (ACA) annual general meeting (AGM) in Silchar on Thursday.

Though it is assumed that an unchanged top brass will continue to be in office, sources in the ACA have indicated a few changes in the joint secretary and assistant secretary level and that elections were imminent.

However, there is speculation that MLA and Sivasagar Sports Association president Anjan Dutta, who is currently a vice-president in the ACA, and a few others, might spring surprises in the election process by offering their candidature for a post in the top brass.

Sources said Nowgong Sports Association general secretary Pradip Hazarika, Tezpur District Sports Association general secretary Anil Bora and Bhakti Medhi of Goalpara will be vying for the joint secretary posts along with incumbents Ajay Sarma of Bokakhat and Sanatan Das of Barpeta.

With indications of Dilip Choudhury of Rangiya vying for the post of umpiresí board secretary, incumbent Md Khaleque might also turn up as a candidate for joint secretary, a source said.

There are three joint secretary posts.

Similarly, elections are on the cards for the assistant secretary posts. Lakhimpur Sports Association general secretary Sujit Choudhury, Imdad Hussain and Muktabul Hussain of Charaideo, Sanjib Handique of Golaghat, Parimal Singha of Bongaigaon and a few others have expressed their interest in the four posts.

While five vice-presidents are likely to retain their posts, the representations from Upper Assam and lower Assam zones, currently occupied by Brajen Gohain of Tinsukia and Abdul Gaffar Zaman of Nalbari, might change with Jamshed Khan of Dibrugarh and MLA Jayanta Malla Baruah of Nalbari, ACA insiders said.

Meanwhile, a section of office bearers and district sports association representatives, including at least two political heavyweights, have expressed reservations about holding the meeting ahead of general elections and in Silchar.

Most of them felt it could have been held here for the convenience of all.

ďIt is a ploy to keep some people away from the meeting because they will be busy with the Lok Sabha elections campaign and official duties,Ē one of them said.


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