Tussle continues at AICF, jt secy makes an exception to the treasurer's 'troublemaker' comment

CHENNAI: The war of words between two rival factions from all over India Chess Federation ( AICF ) continued on Thursday with the joint secretary Naresh Sharma making an exception to treasurer comment from treasurer Kishor Bandrekar at a recent meeting in Bhopal.

Bandrekar, who owns allegiance to the AICF president PR Venketrama Raja The faction, called secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan, directed the recent behavior of the rival unit during a meeting as a troublemaker, which did not go well with the joint secretary Sharma, who belongs to the latter's side.

I compensated the treasurer for calling my colleagues in AICF and esteemed colleagues of various chess associations 'ROWDY', Sharma said in a statement.

He also denied that Chauhan was involved in stealing microphones at the meeting, as alleged by the federation treasurer.

The AICF president and secretary have been loggerheads over various issues.

AICF treasurer Bandrekar had on Monday alleged that the federation secretary Chauhan snatched mikes and spoke on issues outside the agenda at the December 28 meeting in Bhopal and that he was lustily cheered by his rowdy supporters.

After the meeting, the AICF treasurer Kishor Bandrekar has issued a press release alleging that federation secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan snatched mikes and spoke on issues outside the agenda and was lustily cheered by his rowdy supporters, Sharma said.

He said that certain issues had cropped up due to conspiracy by a section of AICF officials.

I'd like to use this opportunity to clarify certain issues that have propped up of late due to conspiracy by a section of AICF officials to muddy the water for personal gain and shield corruption and malpractices by individuals, Sharma said.

The AICF conducted a special/urgent meeting of office-bearers and state associations in Bhopal on December 28 in the presence of Sports Ministry observers to discuss various issues including corruption charges against West Bengal Chess Association secretary Atanu Lahiri.

The agenda was discussed extensively and the resolutions were passed by acclamation (yes) as in the parliamentary procedure, Sharma added.

He also said the AICF secretary briefed the members present and the snatching of the mike as alleged by the treasurer did not happen at all. The president only left after all the points were discussed by the members present.

Sharma alleged that only the AICF vice-president DV Sundar tried to suppress the democratic open discussion of the constituent members and their representatives.

The members present did not raise slogans and only expressed strong feelings about the various issues, he said.