There seems to be a fresh row brewing between Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Governor Acharya Devvrat in Himachal Pradesh — this time on the HP Sports (Registration, Recognition and Regulation of Associations) Bill 2015, which is awaiting Raj Bhavan’s assent for the past six months .
Highly placed sources said Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who met the Governor Wednesday, asked the latter to “fulfil his constitutional duty to either return the Bill to the Assembly, or give his assent without delay”.
The sports Bill, which was passed by the Assembly in April 2015 amid vehement protests by the Opposition, has been pending with Raj Bhavan since May 2015.
Although no timeframe has been fixed for Governors to grant their assent to any legislation, or refer the same back to the House for reconsideration, the Chief Minister believes Raj Bhavan is not taking a decision on the Bill under pressure from the opposition BJP. The BJP had submitted a memorandum to the Governor, opposing any move to grant assent to the controversial Bill .
The Bill aims to impose strict regulations on all the sports associations, including Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, and make it mandatory to open their memberships and hold elections in a transparent manner.