THE MORE things change, the more they remain the same at the DDCA. Elections were held after a gap of six years, the results of which - staying true to how things work at the association -- were known a day before the actual polling.
While most incumbents were re-elected to their posts unopposed, the few who faced the almost negligible opposition from the Members' Forum, romped home to landslide wins. Arun Jaitley was re-elected president after defeating opponent Neeraj Gautam by as many as 3,349 proxy votes. Jaitley garnered 3,432 votes, while Gautam could only muster 83.
Chetan Chauhan (3,482 votes), C.K. Khanna (3,406), Suresh Chopra (3,426) all retained their vice-presidents' posts, with the only opposition member, Sanjay Aggarwal, ending up with 82 votes.
Though these elections did see a murmur of resentment within the DDCA in the shape of the Members' Forum, the fact that the two rival factions, general secretary S.P. Bansal's and C.K. Khanna's managed a 'compromise' a few days before polls, ended all possibilities of any surprises emerging on Friday.
The only changes were S.S. Sareen, formerly joint secretary (clubs), taking up the post of joint secretary (sports), with Sunil Khanna filling up Sareen's post. More significantly, there were three new faces in the Executive Committee.
Harsh Kumar Sharma, a wholesale dealer of electric bulbs in Bhagirath Palace, and, in his own words, 'an active promoter of cricket in the Capital since the last 22 years', is one of the new faces in the 12-member committee. Sharma was at a complete loss of words when asked how exactly he had promoted the game, and how he worked his way to the DDCA. He could only manage, "I have done a lot."
The other two members, Salil Seth and Ajay Shrma, are also businessmen with hardly any administration experience. So how exactly did they make it here? Well, the answer is easy. "All three did their bit to increase the proxy count for their respective factions…this is their reward," a source said.
On a day of hectic activity at the Kotla, though there were a number of bizarre incidents, the one that undoubtedly took the cake was the holding of six AGMs in just 15 minutes!
But then again, at the DDCA, anything's possible.
Arun Jaitiley President
CK Khanna Vice-President
C PS Chauhan Vice-President
Suresh Kumar Chopra Vice-President
Saneh Prakash Bansal H Gen Sec
Sunil Dev H Sports Sec
Anil Khanna H Club Sec
Ram Babu Gupta H Treasurer
SS Saren H Jt Sec (sports)
Sunil Kumar Khanna H Jt. Sec (club)
Narinder Kumar Batra Jt. Sec (a/c)
Anil Jain Jt. Sec (co-affair)
Executive Committ6ee Members