In less than two weeks, India will host its biggest football event – hosted all home team group matches to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup with New Delhi.
However, the game situation is not very much in the national capital and its governing body. In Delhi, football administrations are battling many problems, which include sexual harassment cases due to the lack of transparency – issues reaching the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in South Block
Documents in the possession of Hindustan Times show that not all are well in the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA), an affiliated state unit of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
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On May 22, 2011, the DSA held its general body elections for the last time. Office officials should hold the post for a period of four years; Which means that his term ended on May 21, 2015. Despite the notice sent to DSA from various government bodies including the PMO and the Society’s Registrar, the officials have adopted their seats.
AIFF has also softened. Given the equations working behind the scenes, AIFF’s top brass has never shown yellow cards to DSA.
AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das told Hindustan Times, “We have informed them regularly and they have said that they are definitely willing to hold elections.” AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das told Hindustan Times, “Initially, there were no issues about returning officers but DSA has said that they will hold elections, it will definitely be this year.”
The Registrar of the Society instructed the DSA to hold new elections on November 17, 2016 within 25 days. On September 27, 2016, the AIFF executive committee gave DSA six months to hold elections for a fresh start. Despite agreeing, both deadlines were missed.
In its defense, the DSA said that the election is delaying because its units are not following the new constitution of AIFF. To be registered under the Societies Act, the Circular of State Units was sent to 17th February, 2016. However, several deadlines were erased, with the dates of elections forwarded.
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The state body finally appointed former HR Malhotra, former Judge of the Delhi High Court, on May 22, 2017, to complete the formalities for four months to the DSA affiliated units and clubs, after which the elections are held Can.
Why is this such a big delay for organizing elections?
Insiders say that DSA president Subhash Chopra, who is also vice president of AIFF, is in power because he wants to be on stage during the FIFA U-17 World Cup next month. Chopra, who will be 70 years old on October 23, is a former Congress MLA, and his good relationship with AIFF President and politician Praful Patel is not a mystery.
After walking as president of Delhi after 2008, Chopra has terminated his four term for two years. According to the DSA constitution, Chopra should have gone for a long time.
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According to the proposed game code of the country, in 2011, the former Congress was represented by Sports Minister Ajay Maken, more than 70 officers have no place in the sports federations.
Chopra told Hindustan Times that he always welcomed the election, but due to technical he was postponed. “There should be fair elections and therefore we have appointed Justice Malhotra because of my age, I am not interested in continuing as DSA president,” Chopra said.
The signs of change are showing slowly. Older guardians are getting sick from the arrival of new clubs with more professional approach
Under the pressure of various quarters, the managing committee of the state football body has revised a meeting on October 2 (basically 30 September) to declare the date of ‘DSA elections’.