The election of Avinash Anand as president of MP Basketball Association (MPBA) kicked up a controversy on Friday. Reason: about a month ago, urban development minister Kailash Vijayvargiya was appointed president of the association.
The group that elected Anand, former captain of MP basketball team, claimed that it was the original basketball association that came into existence in 1978.
Others who were elected are Vishnu Kumar Chansoriya from Jabalpur and Narendra Kumar Kankkar from Gwalior, respectively as secretary and chairman of the association.
After the election of Anand, the MPBA has two presidents including Vijayvargiya.
Basketball experts call it a parallel body of the MPBA and feel that an imminent showdown is on cards between the two groups.
As soon as the news of formation of the association reached Vijayvargiya-led MPBA, its general secretary Kulwinder Singh Gill declared the parallel body headed by Anand as illegal.
He said the body which is being headed by the minister is recognised by the Basketball Federation of India (BFI).
"Earlier, all the activities of basketball were being conducted by the body headed by JM Sharma, who was recently appointed as the chairman of the association after the appointment of the minister as its president," said Gill.
He further said, "The parallel body has been formed in an unconstitutional manner and we have nothing to say about it."
Anand said they had no problem with the appointment of the minister as MPBA president but they just wanted to make him aware about the misuse of funds by other office-bearers.
Without naming anyone, Anand said the other group had got new registration in 2010 from the registrar, Firms and Societies.
However, when the issue had gone to the court, the Firms and Societies had directed the association not to use the word 'MP' or 'Madhya Pradesh'. The association was also directed that it cannot use the name of the association or change it.
Anand said the MPBA that came into existence in 1978 had achieved several milestones under the guidance of JM Sharma. "The Association also got recognition from the FBI and also got registered with Firms and Societies at Ujjain," he said.
"In 2008, the association's elections were conducted in presence of the representatives of MP Olympic Association. However, the tenure of the body elected in 2008 ended in 2012 and following this, an extension was given to the elected body whose term had had already ended. In such a situation, working of the association was affected. To avoid such problems, the association appointed me its president," Anand added.