Rungta fires broadside at Dungarpur

Published: Sunday, November 14, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Jaipur:Rajasthan Cricket Association secretary Kishore Rungta today rebutted Raj Singh Dungarpur's charges that he was denied membership of the association, claiming the former BCCI President was actually removed from the rolls years ago for failing to pay the fee.

"Raj Singh (Dungarpur) did not respond to several notices and so was removed alongwith several others from membership. And this was not now but way back in 1980s," Rungta said here.

Rungta questioned Dungarpur's motives in raising the individual membership issue now after having remained silent for so long.

"Raj Singh was the Vice President of the RCA for nine years, and got elected to BCCI Presidency from Rajasthan. He was the chairman of selectors and the National Cricket Academy as well."

"Not once did he come to Rajasthan in all these years. He attended the Association meeting only once in his whole tenure as Vice-President (of the RCA)."

"Nor did he bother to bring up the membership issue all these years. Has he ever bothered to find out what is happening with Rajasthan cricket," Rungta said.

The role of individual membership in associations affiliated to the BCCI has come into focus after the Rajasthan Government promulgated an ordinance last month through which it directed all the Sports Federations in the state to register themselves with it and amend their constitution on the guidelines provided in the ordinance.

The RCA has been the one to bear the brunt of the ordinance, which did not allow individual membership and gave more representation for the district bodies instead.

Rungta said the provisions of the ordinance violated fundamental rights and said it gave scope for political interference, which the individual membership actually sought to prevent.

"Individual membership was created basically because there were no district associations in the early days. All these associations have come up only after 1993 when money started coming into cricket," he said.

Another provision in the ordinance that RCA objected to was the allowance for imprisonment of federation officials for minor infringement.

"Tomorrow they can ask me why so much money was spent on a match and put me in jail. This is not acceptable in sports administration, although I agree that there should be audit of accounts and other financial checks."

"Meetings are supposed to be held in public places but there is no definition of public place. And the Registrar of Cooperative has been given sweeping powers, he can change the venue of a match over-riding the Association's decision."

Rungta said the RCA has amended its constitution under protest on November 8, the date on which the extended deadline for registering with the government expired.

The RCA had appealed to the Supreme Court against the ordinance but the Apex court had referred it back to the Jaipur High Court, which in turn has fixed the next hearing on December 8, he added.

"Where was the necessity to promulgate an ordinance, and that too without any kind of discussions with the sports associaitions? The government has become ambitious with so much money coming into cricket," Rungta said.

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