Golf Club: Four-cornered

It's going to be a four-cornered contest in the Chandigarh Golf Club Elections this time,as a bureaucrat,two retired defence officials and a landlord will fight for the post of president.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh | Published: April 4, 2012 3:23 am

It’s going to be a four-cornered contest in the Chandigarh Golf Club Elections this time,as a bureaucrat,two retired defence officials and a landlord will fight for the post of president. It’s after about four years that a bureaucrat is fighting the elections of this prestigious club.

The front-runner is G S Sandhu,Principal Secretary in Punjab Government,who had remained the president of the club for four terms — from 1999 to 2001 and then from 2005 to 2007 — as the term of the president is for one year. “My main agenda will be to consolidate various projects,including that of infrastructure,which have been initiated by the club,to improve the course including the greens,to renew the lease of the club with the Chandigarh Administration,and to do transparent and prudent management of finances and enrolment of new members,’’ he told The Indian Express.

Another contender for the top post is Simran Singh,a landlord and golf professional. He intends “to improve the golf course with least amount of cost,improve bar and catering facilities,to bring about transparency,improve facilities for caddies and to renew the lease deed’’. He was the captain of the course from 1970 to 75 and again from 1995 to 96.

Lt Col (retd) J S Panag,who will also be vying for the president’s post,maintains his “main focus will be to democratise the functioning of the executive and bring about transparency”. “My effort will be to improve the playing conditions in the club,undertake civil works as demanded by members,get maximum sponsorship from corporate sector and involve maximum members of the club in the functioning,’’ he said.

“Since it is basically a sports club,so my main agenda will be to improve the course facilities and management,upkeep of the club house,swimming pool and other facilities,’’ said Lt Col (retd) Harpreet Singh,who’s another contender for the post of president.

Last year,Panag had fought the elections against Malvinder Singh,the present president. Malvinder is the brother of former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Tuesday was the last day for filing nominations for the elections which will be held on April 22.

Last year,HIS Grewal,an IAS officer of Punjab cadre,wanted to fight the elections but did not as he was sent on election duty. The last time any babu fought the elections was in 2008 when D S Bains,a Principal Secretary in state government,became president of the club.

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