Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde on Wednesday challenged his disqualification by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) by submitting relevant documents to prove he is a Mumbai resident.
Munde handed over his passport, income tax receipts, PAN card and electricity bills showing address as flat number 1201, Purna Building in Worli, to the MCA offiicals.
Accompanied by his lawyer Nitin Pradhan, Munde cited discrimination by pointing out that NCP president Sharad Pawar has registered his permanent address at Baramati and his Lok Sabha constituency at Madha (Solapur). Yet, MCA has given him approval on the grounds that he holds pass port registered in Mumbai address. However, Munde who has a residence in Mumbai faces rejection.
At the end of the two-hour hearing, MCA reserved the order till Thursday. The elections for MCA president will take place on Friday.
Munde said: “If the decision goes against me I will challenge in Bombay High Court. I want justice. I am shocked at the manner in which MCA is trying to block my entry. It appears they want to ensure NCP president Sharad Pawar gets elected unopposed.” He added: “MCA guidelines mandate that individuals contesting MCA elections for fourth term should ensure a gap of four years. But this rule has been amended for the post of MCA president only. While it stays for other officials contesting the polls. It clearly shows it is aimed at favouring an individual (Pawar).”
He further argued: “As per the MCA bylaws section 6, objections can be raised only by candidates who are in contest and not outsider. In my case certain Vile Parle Club member Singhvi raised objections questioning my Mumbai residential status. And MCA rejected by form. This is incorrect. Ideally, if there was any objection it should have been raised by Pawar who is a candidate.”
The deputy leader of opposition in Lok Sabha also wondered how Singhvi, who is not a contestant, was allowed in the MCA. The BJP leader said, “The prejudice against me was inevitable from the very beginning. If I wanted I would have indulged in such knit picking to make contest difficult for Pawar. But in