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PDP slams Farooq's reelection as JKCA chief

PTI  Jammu, May 13, 2014
First Published: 21:34 IST(13/5/2014) | Last Updated: 21:36 IST(13/5/2014)

Slamming union minister Farooq Abdullah's re-election as the president of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), opposition PDP demanded prosecution against the leader and other accused in the Rs. 50 crore-JKCA cricket scam.

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The opposition also criticised the manner in which the polls were held, saying it was done for sensing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, results for which would be announced on May 16.

"The re-election of Farooq Abdullah as president of JKCA is another example of politico-criminal nexus in the state.

Party demands prosecution of the National Conference leader and others, accused in the infamous cricket scandal," senior PDP leader, Tariq Hamid Karra said.

"The hush-hush manner in which Farooq reinstalled himself as the president of JKCA is an assault on the interests of youth," Karra, Farooq's rival in Srinagar Lok Sabha seat said.

"Farooq conducted the unscheduled elections of the JKCA in unholy haste to beat the May 16 deadline for his party's anticipated debacle in the Lok Sabha elections," he said.

Farooq Abdullah was elected unopposed as the president of JKCA yesterday. As many as 18 of the 64-member association staged a walkout before the elections were held to protest the way the affairs of JKCA have been handled in the recent years.

Raking up the JKCA scam, Karra said there were documentary evidences to substantiate that over Rs. 50 crore were withdrawn from accounts of the JKCA with Farooq's consent.

"The amount was withdrawn from the bank on the authority letter of Farooq which was duly signed by him," Karra said, adding that the money received from BCCI for the promotion of cricket in the state was doled out to "blue eyed persons" of the NC leader.

Claiming that Farooq's re-election was aimed at hushing up the case, he said those sidelined on charges of embezzlement have now been brought back into important positions in the association, and demanded prosecution of the National Conference leader and other accused in the infamous scandal.

Asserting that Farooq "will continue to remain an accused in the case till he is acquitted by a court", Karra hit out at the state government headed by Omar Abdullah, who has "ensured that police is not allowed to launch prosecution even after the investigation has established his (Farooq's) involvement".

"If Suresh Kalmadi had to face law, how could Abdullah escape it and then brazenly extend his tenure while he should have been answering question in a court?" he asked.

Slamming Abdullah's re-election, BJP said it was done "very tactfully" despite the scam not getting clearance from the State Vigilance Organisation.

"Jammu-Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) has again elected unopposed Farooq Abdullah as President of JKCA very tactfully despite the fact that embezzlement of Rs. 50 crores has still not got clearance from the State Vigilance Organisation," BJP spokesperson Nirmal Kamal told reporters.

The reappointment of Abdullah was also in violation of the Model Code of Conduct, Kamal said, and demanded that the election be declared null and void.

"Objection to reappointment of Abdullah as President of JKCA has also come up amidst assertions from many that no political persons should be appointed as head of any sports organisation.

"But they hurriedly conducted staged election to grab and retain control over this prestigious organisation before new government takes over at the Centre," the BJP leader said.

JKCA to restore its credibility, should enroll new, competent honest members also to make this institution vibrant and meaningful for the youth of the state, Kamal said.

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