Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Mumbai's voting power in BCCI stripped off

Mumbai's voting power in BCCI stripped off

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) made its first significant move at its meeting in New Delhi on Friday by adopting the Justice Lodha Committee-authored Memorandum of Association, Rules and Regulations. It must be remembered that Mumbai, Nagpur, Saurashtra and Baroda will be there in the BCCI realm, but as "Associate Members", they will have no voting rights.

But Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma, on Saturday, reiterated his association's claim to full BCCI affiliation, arguing the BCA was "ineligible" for the same as it had been charged by the BCCI with "misappropriation" of Rs 50 lakh given to it for development of cricket, in 2009-10.

As per rule 3 (a) of the memorandum of association, a state cricket association duly recognized by the BCCI shall represent each state and such association shall be a full member of the board. As per the new system, the 41-time Ranji champions, who've produced more than 70 Test cricketers, and were once the power centre of Indian cricket, have been reduced to an associate member, and will get to vote once every three years in the Board elections, sharing their turn with Maharashtra (which has been recognised as a full member since it's a state, but gets to vote once in three years) and Vidarbha.

"In States with multiple Existing Members, the full membership shall rotate annually among such Existing Members such that only one of them will exercise the rights and privileges of a Full Member at any given point of time".

As expected, all the North Eastern states, including Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and others like Uttarakhand, Bihar and Telangana have been granted full membership and voting rights as recommended in Lodha Panel reforms. "There may not be a need for a Board SGM to approve the new BCCI constitution, since this has already been approved by SC", said a source. The panel comprising Vinod Rai, Ramchandra Guha, Vikram Limaye and Diana Edulji, however, has uploaded the proposed changed constitution without calling a Special General Meeting (SGM) and obtaining a three-fourths majority in accordance with the Societies Act.

Asked about this, a COA member told The Sunday Express: "The Lodha Committee has prepared a constitution that the court has approved".

Regarding Mumbai's removal as a Full Member, he explained: "See, you are talking about one-state-one-vote". "We are helpless.We can only request the Supreme Court to consider our case by taking into consideration Mumbai's rich cricketing history and grant us full membership first", said Shetty. It has been put in place for that. "No State shall have more than one Full Member at any given point of time", according to the altered constitution.

The new constitution which was drafted by the Supreme Court- appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

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