- Captain Amarinder Singh had to resign as Punjab CM amid political pressure
- On the other hand, his son Raninder Singh won the election of the President of NRAI for the fourth time.
- He unilaterally defeated BSP MP Shyam Singh Yadav by 56-3 votes.
Amidst all the uproar in Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh had to resign from the post of Chief Minister. Now the churning is going on for the new CM face in the Congress party. Thus the father may have lost the political battle as Punjab CM, but son Raninder Singh won the election of the President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for the fourth time. He defeated BSP MP Shyam Singh Yadav by 56-3 votes.
The elections were represented by 59 members of the NRAI, out of which 56 voted in favor of Raninder while three in favor of his rival Yadav, who is the president of the Uttar Pradesh Rifle Association. The NRAI decided to hold the elections despite the Sports Ministry’s direction to start the election process afresh following a petition filed by Yadav in the Delhi High Court. Yadav is a Bahujan Samaj Party MP from Jaunpur Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
NRAI upheld the decision to hold the elections on time as no ‘stay order’ had been received from the High Court yet. The matter is pending in the Delhi High Court and the next date of hearing is December. The elections were held at IS Bindra Stadium. In his petition, Yadav has cited “apparent conflict of interest” in the appointment of Mehtab Singh Gill as the election officer for the elections.
BSP’s Yadav had raised questions on Raninder
Yadav had also raised objections to Raninder’s tenure but the ministry found that he could contest again. According to the Sports Code, “The President of any NSF (National Sports Federation), including the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), can hold office for a maximum period of 12 years.” On this basis Raninder’s candidature is valid as he will complete 12 years at the end of 2022.
After the victory, Raninder said – will make shooting better
Raninder said, “This election was not about the chair of the presidency but about its fundamental ability to be autonomous, and also about not violating the National Sports Code which we voluntarily abide by and welcome. ‘ He was deeply honored by the trust shown by the members in his leadership abilities. “Together we have achieved a lot for Indian shooting and now is the time to take it to another level,” he said.
Kunwar Sultan Singh was elected unopposed as the General Secretary of the National Association while Randeep Mann was made the Treasurer. Apart from the eight vice-presidents of the federation, Odisha MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo will continue as senior vice-president. Pawan Kumar Singh will also continue as joint secretary of the apex body along with Shela Kanungo. Both were elected unopposed.
The eight vice-presidents elected were Ajay H Pell, Amit Sanghi, Ashok J Pandit, Ashok Mittal, John Kharshing, Putul Kumari, Sushma Singh and Varinder Kumar Dhal. Sushil, Ishwar Rohal, Kumar Tripurari Singh, Meghasham Sripad Bhangale, Moirangthem R Singh and R Ravikrishnan were also elected unopposed for the post of Honorary Secretary. A total of 16 Governing Council members were also elected.
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The elections were conducted by Returning Officer Judge (Retd) Mehtab Singh Gill and Additional Returning Officer Judge (Retd) Inderjit Singh Walia. Chander Mukhi Sharma, General Secretary, Basketball Federation of India was present as an observer of the Olympic Association of India, while Adele J Sumariwala, President of the Athletics Federation of India, was present as an observer to the International Shooting Sports Federation. Former number one trap shooter and Olympian Ronjan Sodhi was also part of the election process as a ‘distinguished sportsperson observer’. Raninder, son of former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, became the NRAI President for the first time in 2010.
Captain Amrinder Singh News: Captain Amarinder may have lost the political battle, but his son Raninder Singh won the NRAI election with a ‘four’