After almost one month it was suspended by National Rifle Association of India,which is the the governing body of shooting sport in India,the Chandigarh Rifle Association on Wednesday held elections at Kisan Bhawan in Chandigarh to elect the members. The election was due in August 2010,but the Chandigarh Rifle Association (CRA) failed to conduct election by that time. It was then that the NRAI had requested to CRA to send information regarding election before January 30,2013. CRA again failed to hold the election. Taking a stern step in this regard,NRAI decided to suspend the association and formed an ad-hoc committee under the chairmanship of Dr BC Gupta to run the affairs. In the last 17 years,only two elections were held by CRA in the year 2000 and 2006.
On Wednesday,in what was called the meeting of the general house of CRA,PS Gill (former DGP Punjab) was elected president of the association while Vijay Pal Singh (former DSP UT) was named senior vice president. Iqbal Singh Dhillon,Bhai Sukhdeep Singh and Dharinder Kumar Tayal were elected vice-presidents and Gurbir Singh Mangat was named the general secretary. Bhagwant Singh Riar was elected treasurer and Shubhjot Singh Chadha was elected the joint secretary. No member from NRAI was present during the election.
Interestingly,PS Gill,GS Mangat and Vijaypal Singh were members of the suspended association. Terming the election as total violation of the constitution of CRA and unfair,Sukhdeep Singh Grewal,who was running for the post of president,said the decision to elect the president,vice-president and general secretary among other posts were not unanimous as almost one third of the members raised objection while some walked-off.
“The election was not even valid and on top of that the decision to elevate the elected members to the top posts was not unanimous. Some of the members were vocal as we did not want anybody outside UT to be elected for the top post. Also,we wanted someone who had a sport background,” alleged Grewal.
Earlier,this month,the suspended office bearers of the association met on February 7 at the Lake Club for a “meeting” and two days later a letter was distributed among them declaring election date as February 25 without the permission of BC Gupta,who was absent during the meeting. The date was then extended to February 27.
“Most of the elected members are already holding government posts in different offices for the past one decade or more. They just want to stick to the same post and they are laying down all the norms,rules and regulations,ethics for their vested interest. On asking about the suspension,some of them say that the association is registered under Societies Act at Chandigarh and that it is only affiliated to NRAI and thus free to function independently. We are sending a letter to NRAI informing them about the violation of the rules. We are requesting them to take strict actions against the violators,” said Dharminder Randhawa,life member of CRA.