Chandigarh, May 6 (UNI) Congress MP Naveen Jindal was today 'unanimously' elected president of the Haryana Olympic Association (HOA) in place of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhey Singh Chautala.
Haryana Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) P V Rathee was elected secretary general in place of former state DGP Dr M S Malik.
The meeting of the HOA was held at Panchkula. The election of Mr Jindal and Mr Rathee has split the HOA as the group headed by Mr Chautala has described the election as illegal.
After passing a no-confidence motion against the Abhey Chautala- led HOA office-bearers, Randhir Singh Malik, president of the Haryana Swimming Association proposed the name of Mr Jindal for the post of presidentship and it was seconded by Shyam Singh Tyagi, president of the Haryana Judo Association.
Mr Jindal, a keen shooter, was also authorised to nominate the other office-bearers in consultation with other representatives of the affiliated units of the HOA.
Other office-bearers nominated were Mr Rathee (secretary general), Anand Singh Dangi, Randeep Surjewala, Jaiprakash (all senior vice-presidents), Surinder Singh Dangi, Vivek Mittal (joint secretaries) and JP Nautiyal (treasurer). The remaining office- bearers would be announced later.
Addressing newspersons after the requisitioned meeting, Mr Jindal said a proper one-month notice was given for convening the special general body meeting as the affiliated units were ''feeling suffocated''. As no meeting was convened by the HOA, the members were forced to call a special general body meeting today and passed the no-confidence motion against Mr Chautala and others, Mr Jindal claimed.
He said out of 33 affiliated units, authorised representatives from 25 units attended the meeting. Representatives from 19 District Olympic Associations and seven boards and corporation also attended the meeting.
Mr Jindal promised to invite corporate and industrial houses for promoting and developing sports and provide maximum facilities to the state sportspersons for training and national and international exposure.
The IOA, the apex sports body of the country, did not send its observer.
The newly elected office-bearers soon went to the Haryana Olympic Bhawan in Panchkula. Chautala group members alleged that early in the morning, policemen in plain clothes went to the Olympic Bhawan and forcibly took away the keys. However, it was denied by sources close to Mr Jindal and party.
Meanwhile, former Haryana assembly Speaker Satbir Singh Kadian, who is also president of the Haryana Football Association, held a separate press conference in Panchkula and announced that HOA executive and general body meetings would be held on schedule on May 14 at the Haryana Bhawan here. He termed the 'special meeting' which was held today as ''unconstitutional and illegal''. A number of affiliated units of the HOA have alleged that government employees who were holding positions in the sports associations were 'forced' to attend the meeting today.
UNI XC HS PG RN2000