The elections for office-bearers to the Ludhiana chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have been stayed and will not be held on the scheduled date of December 28, after the current president of the chapter and the chief election commissioner for these polls filed complaints against each other with the state body.
Now, a tribunal will be formed at the state meeting of the IMA at Muktsar, on January 3 and 4, to look into these complaints and decide on the future course of action. .
District IMA president Dr RK Sharma had claimed that the election process was unconstitutional as no eligibility criteria for candidates were drawn up by chief election commissioner for these polls, Dr PS Jassal. An executive meeting of the district branch was called to resolve the issue, to no effect.
“Punjab IMA secretary Dr Navjot Singh Dhaiya has ordered that the election process be put on hold, till issues on the eligibility of contesting candidates is resolved as per the constitution of IMA, Punjab, ” said Dr Deepak Parasher, IMA district secretary.
Parasher had sent a representation regarding the purported constitutional crisis in IMA elections to state IMA president Dr Sudhir Raj. The decision to stay the elections was taken after consultation with the state legal cell, he claimed.
“We received complaints from the district president and the chief election commissioner, with both alleging that the IMA constitution was being flouted by the other. They could not resolve the issue at a meeting, hence the elections had to stayed,” said Dr Dhaiya.
He added, “Under IMA rules, if a district body does not have its own constitution, the state constitution holds. Since a dispute has arisen, a tribunal will be formed which will comprise three past presidents of the state IMA, who will listen to both the sides and give a final and binding decision.”
We received complaints from the district president and the chief election commissioner, with both alleging that the IMA constitution was being flouted by the other.
Dr Navjot Singh Dhaiya, IMA secretary, Punjab