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DSA crisis ends

Hailakandi, April 21: The crisis in District Sports Association Silchar was resolved last evening after all the 17 office-bearers and members withdrew their resignations.

The 17 office-bearers and members, including three senior vice-presidents, had tendered resignation on Thursday in protest against allowing Satindra Mohan Dev Stadium ground to be leased for a show by singer Mika Singh today ahead of the much-awaited Mohan Bagan-Lajong Football Club’s Friendship Cup match on May 1.

The members withdrew their resignation following a decision not repeat the same in future.

In a 65-minute emergent meeting of DSA’s governing body held under the chairmanship of its president Badal Dey last evening, they withdrew the resignations unconditionally after former president of DSA and Rajya Sabha member Kamalendu Bhattacharjee appealed to the members to do so in the greater interest of sports.

The members, however, urged the DSA top brass to adopt a resolution for not leasing out the ground for such musical programmes in the future.

DSA general secretary Babul Hore assured the members that the ground would be prepared for the Mohan Bagan-Lajong match within 10 days.

Those who had resigned included vice-presidents Bijon Paul Choudhury, Amalendu Dey and Prashanta Kumar Bose, football secretary Ashit Dhar, assistant general-secretary Bikash Das, members Mrinal Kanti Roy, Atanu Choudhury, Jahar Paul and Subodh Ghosh, referee board secretary Nandadulal Roy and assistant secretary Tapan Das, member of physio and cultural section Ajoy Chakraborty, members of stadium section Sithil Dhar and Manik Paul Choudhury, indoor sports secretary Pritwish Paul, balls secretary Atanu Bhattacharjee and swimming secretary Ashutosh Roy.

Later, president Dey said there was no discord among the members and everything happened because of “a misunderstanding”.

On the other hand, Hore did not rule out the difference of opinion among the members. He appealed to all of them to work together in the interest of sports.