The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Thursday rejected BJP leader Gopinath Munde’s nomination following which NCP chief Sharad Pawar was declared elected unopposed as the club’s president by the election officer. The elections for the top post were scheduled for Friday.
Munde has decided to challenge the MCA order in a city court. “I will take the battle against the MCA to the courts. I have consulted my lawyers,” he said. “Since the process cannot be stopped now, I will seek a stay on Pawar taking charge as MCA president.”
The BJP leader circulated copies of the MCA order, which said Munde’s passport with Mumbai address could not be considered as valid proof for “permanent resident” of Mumbai.
On July 9, 2011, the club had, though, upheld the nomination of former CM and union minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh, accepting his passport as proof for Mumbai ‘resident’. Deshmukh’s voter identity was in Latur, where he contested from and where he had a permanent house.
In the past, MCA did not object to Pawar submitting his passport copy with Mumbai address as proof of permanent residentship though his permanent address was Baramati in Pune district.
Munde said, “It is unfair. I am a voter of Beed and it is my constituency. But I have a passport with Mumbai address. Deshmukh voted in Latur and had a Mumbai address in his passport. Pawar was voter (till this year) of Baramati with a Mumbai address in his passport. Yet, the MCA never objected to Deshmukh or Pawar.”
In a written order Thursday, MCA president Ravi Sawant said, “The rules of MCA were drafted way back in 1930. The words used in rule 17 are ‘permanent resident’ and not ‘permanent residence’. The pleading herein indicates that the appellant (Munde) has residential house in Mumbai. Any person can have many residential houses in various cities.”
The MCA further dismissed Munde’s claims stating that the passport, income tax returns or electricity bills of one’s Mumbai residence could not be valid proof of his ‘residentship’ since anybody having a house was bound to receive such documents even if he or she did not stay here.