raninder singh re-elected nrai president: raninder singh re-elected nrai president for the fourth time
- Elections were held at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali
- Raninder became the President of NRAI for the first time in 2010.
- Raninder Singh is the son of former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
Veteran administrator Raninder Singh was on Saturday re-elected as the President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for the fourth time. Raninder defeated BSP MP Shyam Singh Yadav by 56-3 votes.
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.
56 votes went in favor of Raninder
Pawan Kumar Singh will also continue as joint secretary of the apex body along with Shela Kanungo. Both were elected unopposed. 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.
Elections were held at IS Bindra Stadium
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 “clear conflict of interest” in the appointment of Mehtab Singh Gill as the election officer for the elections. 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. 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. ‘
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. The elections were conducted by Returning Officer Judge (Retd) Mehtab Singh Gill and Additional Returning Officer Judge (Retd) Inderjit Singh Walia. Raninder, son of former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, became the NRAI President for the first time in 2010.
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