Welcoming the Supreme Court's decision on the contest of elections to the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) has demanded that the same analogy should apply to officials of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA). In a press release issued on Thursday, the party's Himachal Pradesh state secretariat termed the court's verdict as a "historical judgment that should be followed at the state level as well".
Tikender Singh Panwar, a member of the secretariat, demanded all officials of the BCCI and the state cricket board, including those of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), linked with the Indian Premier League (IPL) should quit on "moral grounds". "Various state cricket associations have been misused for self- aggrandisement, both politically and financially. Efforts are then made to convert such sports bodies into their personal or political fiefdom where good governance and democracy, that is fair and regular elections, are kept in abeyance," he added.
"The Himachal government should now come out of its slumber.
The HPCA too has similar connections where the law of the land has been violated and self-aggrandizement rules. The state government must ensure its case in the high court is dealt with the same spirit as in the Supreme Court. This will pave way for sports lovers and genuine people to run such important institutions," Panwar said.