Huge anomalies alleged in Assam Table Tennis Association
After the exclusion of four district associations from the Assam Table Tennis Association (ATTA) in its recently concluded annual general meeting (AGM), and the consequent filing of a memorandum by the excluded associations to the state chief minister and the parent body - the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), one cannot help but question the “transparency” in the association.
ATTA formed its new committee on April 29 last during its AGM at a city hotel under strong police surveillance and presence in which the district associations of Nagaon, Nazira, North Lakhimpur and Silchar were not allowed to participate on the grounds of “non-submission of nomination letters on time.”
“The date for filing of nominations was April 21 and we were informed about it on April 20, just a day before the date of filing. Though Silchar and Nazira had filed their nomination on time, the other two districts were a bit late and hence, their nominations were rejected. Ours, on the other hand, were rejected on the grounds that that we had not put our papers at the designated place where we were supposed to submit. It was just an excuse to oust us from the AGM as we had placed our nominations in the nomination box like every other year,” general secretary of District Sports Association (DSA), Silchar, Subimol Dhar said. As told to G Plus, the association had been submitting its nomination papers for ATTA since 2009.
The ATTA, which was formed in the late 1950’s, had been holding its AGMs with all its affiliated district associations every two years till 2009, in which, new bodies were formed. The latest AGM last month was held after a gap of nine years.
BJP youth leader, Mriganka Barman, was elected president of the association replacing former Congress minister, Rakibul Hussain, while incumbent Tridip Duvarah was re-elected as secretary. Assam chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, was named the chief patron and Hussain an advisor.
Dhar sniffs a “political motive” behind ousting these four district associations as months before the AGM; these former affiliated associations had raised their voice against several anomalies in the accounts of the association.
“We had raised questions regarding a few discrepancies in the audit reports a few months earlier. And then we know that we are not allowed to enter. This cannot be a coincidence. We think a bigger political motive is behind this,” Dhar said.
DSA, in its memorandum, had demanded a neutral investigation into the audit reports and functioning of the association lead by a retired High Court judge.
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