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Pawar vs Munde in high-voltage clash for MCA presidentship

October 11, 2013 23:46 IST

The biennial polls of the Mumbai Cricket Association on October 18 will see a straight fight for the presidentship, between Maharashtra political heavyweights Sharad Pawar and Gopinath Munde.

Outgoing MCA president Ravi Savant said on Friday, the last day for filing nominations, that Pawar and Munde are the only candidates for presidentship.

The announcement laid to rest speculation that Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan may also throw his hat into the ring.

Chavan was made a voting member by the Mazgaon Cricket Club recently but did not file his nomination.

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was MCA president from 2001 to 2011, before former Maharashtra CM Vilasrao Deshmukh occupied the chair till his death in August 2012.

BJP leader Munde is making his debut in the MCA elections as an independent candidate, while NCP supremo Pawar is being supported by all three rival panels fighting the elections.

Savant, who is contesting the polls as a vice-presidential candidate from his group, said there are eight candidates for the two vice-presidents' post, and the list includes former Test opener Lalchand Rajput.

The other Test cricketer in the fray is former pacer Abey Kuruvilla, who will contest for one of the two joint-secretaries' post.

Rajput has filed his nomination from the Vijay Patil panel, along with Kuruvilla.

There are five candidates for the post of treasurer, including current vice-president Vinod Deshpande, former joint-secretary Pravin Barve, who has filed for joint-secretary too and is part of the panel formed by former vice-president Prof Ratnakar Shetty, former managing committee member Ravi Mandrekar, and Savant.

The last date for withdrawing nominations is October 14, said Savant, after which they will be scrutinised on Saturday.

Image: Gopinath Munde (left) and Sharad Pawar