AIFF polls: As anticipated, straight battle for 3 prime posts, Bhaichung Bhutia vs Kalyan Chaubey for president | Soccer Information – Occasions of India

NEW DELHI: The legendary Bhaichung Bhutia is up in opposition to former goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey within the September 2 polls of the All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) because the three prime posts will see straight fights between two candidates.
Former Mohun Bagan and East Bengal goalkeeper Chaubey, a BJP chief from Bengal, is believed to be the front-runner with backing from politically essential state associations like Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh.
After the deadline of withdrawal of candidature ended at 1pm on Tuesday, returning officer Umesh Sinha launched the ultimate listing of contestants for every submit for the polls.
The electoral school of 34 representatives from the state associations have already been issued by the returning officer.
Elections have been to be held for the posts of 1 president, one vp, one treasurer and 14 government committee members. Six former gamers — 4 male and two ladies — will likely be co-opted later as government committee members with voting rights.
As solely 14 candidates stay within the fray for as many posts of government committee members, all of them are set to be declared elected.
They’re G P Palguna, Avijit Paul, P Anilkumar, Valanka Natasha Alemao, Maloji Raje Chhatrapati, Menla Ethenpa, Mohan Lal, Arif Ali, Okay Neibou Sekhose, Lalnghinglova Hmar, Deepak Sharma, Vijay Bali and Syed Imtiaz Husain.
Rasthan affiliation president Manvendra Singh, a Congress politician, entered the fray in opposition to N A Haris for the lone vice-president’s submit. Haris is the president of Karnataka FA and a sitting Congress MLA from the state.
Manvendra’s state affiliation had seconded the candidature of Bhutia.
Andhra Pradesh state affiliation president Gopalakrishna Kosaraju and Kipa Ajay of Arunachal Pradesh are the 2 candidates within the fray for the treasurer’s submit.
Kosaraju, who had proposed Bhutia because the presidential candidate, had on August 26 written a letter to withdraw his candidature. However sources mentioned he had not crammed up a kind to withdraw and therefore, his candidature remained.
The polls have been earlier to be held underneath the aegis of the Supreme Court docket-appointed Committee of Directors (CoA) on August 28.
However, in a verdict on August 22, the SC terminated the mandate of the CoA, disallowed the inclusion of 36 former gamers within the electoral school and postponed the polls by per week in an effort to salvage the Ladies’s U-17 World Cup whose internet hosting was jeopardised after FIFA suspended the AIFF.
The FIFA lifted the ban on August 26, clearing the decks for India to host the Ladies’s U-17 World Cup in October.

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