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Battle of ballots likely for GSA

Guwahati, April 16: Politicking has started among the sports organisers of the city clubs for different posts, with hardly two weeks left before the biennial elections of office-bearers in the Guwahati Sports Association here.

Though the GSA has not seen the use of ballots to elect its executive committee in the last few general meetings, insiders feel it could be the decider for at least a couple of posts this time with several aspirants vying for a single post. The annual general meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 2.

Though a final line-up is yet to surface, sources told The Telegraph that there might be contests for the posts of the president and general secretary as well as that of cricket secretary. “Former Assam Olympic Association secretary and GSA general secretary Munin Nabis might contest against incumbent Rana Goswami for the post of president while there are at least three candidates in Jehirul Haque, Bhola Boro and A.H.M Ali for the post of general secretary,” an insider said. The sources added that there could be a contest for the post of cricket secretary with at least three candidates aspiring for it. The candidates are incumbent Bablu Choudhury of Ankurjyoti Club, Jayanta Kumar of Dynamo Club and Ranjit Sarma of River Rine Club, the GSA insider said.

If Haque and Boro contest the general secretary’s post, Debashish Bose and Dhrubajyoti Kalita are learnt to be expressing their interest for the posts of assistant secretaries, which will be left vacant.

If ballots come into play, about 100 members will exercise their franchise to elect the new body for the next two-year term. However, efforts are also on to avoid ballots by thrashing out an “understanding” among the aspirants, the sources said.


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