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Konwar clears air on complaint

Guwahati, March 30: At a time when the Nazira District Sports Association’s (NDSA) latest discord with the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) has virtually paved the way for creation of a Nazira Cricket Association, NDSA general secretary Prabin Konwar has tried to justify his move of taking his grievances against the ACA up with the court.

Konwar said he did not authorise two of his district’s members to attend the March 27 ACA annual general meeting at Silchar but admitted that he had issued them a signed blank page of the DSA letterhead in “good faith”.

Clarifying his contention with the meeting, which was eventually abandoned on Thursday the basis of a verbal directive of the state chief electoral officer, Konwar said, “I had moved the Sivasagar district court pleading for a postponement of the meeting. The date was inconvenient for most of us in Upper Assam as it takes five days for one to go and attend the meeting and return. I had taken it up with (the ACA secretary) Bikash Baruah personally, but he did not agree with me and I was left with the only option of taking legal recourse. Therefore, it cannot be any kind of anti-association activity.”

“I had also told my district representatives (Basudev Hazarika and Nizamuddin Ali) not to go to Silchar because I was going to move the court on the date. However, they went there taking verbal permission from me and the blank page signed by me which they filled up later only to take a chance. They wanted to raise the issue of injustice against our under-19 cricket team which was declared a loser even after winning a match against Dibrugarh in Dibrugarh recently on charges of fielding a player illegally which was not true,” Konwar said.

Hazarika and Ali had, however, told reporters in Silchar on Thursday that they did not have any idea of such a development till the ACA officials told them the previous evening. “Our secretary has not informed us anything till now. We are embarrassed by the action of our general secretary,” Ali told reporters in Silchar on Thursday morning.

However, the Sivasagar court is yet to pronounce any directive on the issue except asking for an explanation from the ACA. The ACA has been granted time till April 9 to file its reply. The meeting was deferred on the basis of the state chief electoral officer’s notice and a litigation filed by one Jyotish Das in the Kamrup court here.

Reacting to the ACA governing body meeting resolution in Silchar on Thursday, that the NDSA deserved “disciplinary action”, Konwar said he did not do anything wrong. On alleged lapses like irregularity in holding meetings and failure to submit financial accounts and utilisation certificates to the ACA, he said, “As far as the AGMs are concerned, we hold those regularly, and even if we don’t, the ACA does not have any business in it. If we don’t hold AGMs, how am I serving as the general secretary for the third term since I was first elected in 2006?”

“About the financial side, we have not received any requisition from the ACA,” he added. “If these are the grounds our association is going to be disaffiliated, we will be compelled to take legal recourse to get justice for the sport in our district,” Konwar said.

Sources said spadework has started for the disaffiliation process and the creation of a Nazira Cricket Association, which the ACA has assured to recognise and affiliate.