BENGALURU:Even as one faction of the Basketball Federation of India is gearing up for an annual general meeting and election on Saturday in Pune, the RS Gill-led group held their annual general meeting and elections here on Friday. K Govindraj of Karnataka was unanimously elected the new president for the 2015-19 term.
The former president, Gill, even cited the constitution to call the other meeting ‘not legal’ and this one legal. “It has no official or legal sanction. As per our constitution, only the president or in his absence the senior vice president can chair the meeting. Both of us are here. The former secretary Ajay Sud is here. So who is there? In any case, that meeting is illegal and has no bearing on the BFI in relation to our constitution and government guidelines,” Gill added.
“As has been the case with BFI, all the people were elected unanimously and the elections with observers from the central and state governments apart from FIBA Asia were conducted without any problems,” Gill added.
Interestingly, even the other faction in Pune claims observers from the government and the FIBA will be there. Not just that, unlike in Bangalore, the Pune election will also have an IOA observer. During the meeting here, the BFI has decided to abolish the post of the Chief Executive Officer and Deputy CEO. The two meetings – one here and in Pune on Saturday – is threatening to split the BFI.