Guwahati, July 30: Hectic lobbying has started within the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) with its governing body meeting asking its secretary Bikash Baruah to step aside by going on leave as legal tangles are pending against the association.
The governing body meeting had on Sunday proposed Baruah go on leave. Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who is the chief adviser of the ACA, is learnt to have asked its president Gautam Roy to implement the resolution.
Roy told reporters that Baruah has applied for two months’ leave on health grounds. However, his leave is yet to be sanctioned, ACA insiders said.
Though the ACA constitution provides for one of the joint secretaries — Ajay Sarma and Sanatan Das — to officiate in the absence of the secretary, several senior office- bearers in the governing body are stated to be lobbying hard to get themselves named as the acting secretary.
While one section of affiliate district units is favouring Das as the acting secretary on the ground that the ACA rules stipulate that the acting secretary should be the secretary of one of the affiliate units, another section is lobbying for Sarma.
Das is the general secretary of Barpeta District Sports Association while Sarma is representative of Bokakhat District Sports Association. A decision on the acting secretary is expected within a day or two.
Sources said a debate was on over who should appoint the acting secretary with one section favouring a decision by the governing body along with the secretaries of the affiliate units and another saying that the constitution and rules should be adhered to.
Officiating as acting secretary assumes significance as the incumbent stands a fair chance of being elected as secretary if Baruah relinquishes the post. However, most of the ACA members believe Baruah will be re-elected to the post once the legal tangles were cleared.
Both Das and Sarma had earlier officiated in the absence of Baruah.