Just a day after the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) managing committee announced their elections for October 18,they received a letter from Mazgaon Cricket Club asking them to postpone it by a week. In a letter to MCA president Ravi Savant,Mazgaon CC secretary Shah Alam cited reasons of the Bakra Eid festival which is on October 16. Alam stated that there are nearly 30 Muslim voters who will be voting in the MCA elections but the election date on October 18 will be not feasible for them as it clashes with the festival dates.
We keep roza two days before Bakri Eid,and two days after Eid we have a ritual of kurbaani (sacrifice). We will be busy and many like me want to contest MCA elections. I have to look at the family ritual first. I can’t be asking for votes in that time, explains Alam. Alam stated that more voters will be writing to the MCA chief on Wednesday asking to postpone election dates by a week. If needed,Alam said,he will get non-Muslims signatures too. For any election – even General Elections,the Election Commission takes such things into consideration. Anyway,MCA elections have been postponed for so long and I don’t see any reason why MCA can’t delay it by one more week, Alam added.
Alam met MCA president Savant earlier in the day with his request. Savant replied that there are three Muslim managing committee members and none of them had raised this issue. I told Savant that there is a chance of members having missed the point about this date or that they would have asked for the date to be changed, Alam,who is prearing to contest another MCA election stated. Meanwhile,Savant said he had received a request from Alam and it would be discusssed with the managing committee members. We will discuss this issue with my members and will see what can be done. It will be too early to comment anything on this, Savant said.