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Irregularity slur on chess body

Guwahati, Aug. 24: A section of chess players and organisers of Assam today alleged irregularities in electing the new executive body of the All Assam Chess Association (AACA) here yesterday.

Led by a section of players, at least five affiliated districts of the association today described the executive committee meeting, governing body meeting and annual general meeting here and election of a new executive body yesterday as illegal and unconstitutional.

“The outgoing dispensation in office did not abide by the constitution in issuing a 15-day notice for the meetings, nor were the accounts passed in the meetings. Representatives from most of the affiliated districts were also illegally barred from participating in the election process on the pretext of not renewing affiliation,” said a player representative, Nandan Buragohain.

Out of 17 districts, 10 were initially barred from the meetings and when they forced into the AGM, they were barred from participating in the elections and signing the proceeding book, the players and organisers from various districts alleged. They later on boycotted the election process held allegedly without any returning officer in chair.

The districts, which participated in the election, are Jorhat, Kamrup (rural), Cachar, Karimganj, Nagaon, Sivasagar and Hailakandi. On the other hand, Guwahati, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Darrang, Barpeta, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Morigaon and Lakhimpur boycotted it.

Apart from the alleged irregularities, a section of organisers and guardians of the players alleged that the outgoing dispensation, with Arindam Barua as its secretary, was involved in large-scale misappropriation of funds in the association.


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