AICF calls GBM special on February 9 to choose new charge holders

CHENNAI: All of India Chess Federation ( AICF ) has convened a special meeting of the general body on February 9 in Ahmedabad to elect new office holders.



The meeting was convened by AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan .



Chauhan issued a notice Thursday, calling a special meeting of the general body on February 9 in Ahmedabad to elect new office holders for 2020-2023 and discuss appropriate matters with the President's permission.



According to the notice, the retired Supreme Court judge, Judge Arijit Pasayat, will be the return officer of the elections .



The election will be held to elect a president, six vice presidents, an honorary secretary, six joint secretaries and a treasurer.



The agenda of the meeting according to the notice is Elections to the holders of positions for the period 2020-2023 for the following positions. A president, six vice presidents, an honorary secretary, six joint secretaries and a treasurer. Approve resolutions after the new holders of positions and any other matter are chosen with the permission of the President.



The notice said 13 state associations -- Bihar, Meghalaya, Gujarat, Delhi, Chandigarh, Uttaranchal, Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka, Nagaland, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Assam -- had requisitioned the meeting with an agenda to hold the elections .



The February 9 meeting comes after three meetings held in December (days 14, 22 and 28) last year.



It may be recalled that at the meeting on December 28 in Bhopal called by Chauhan, the AICF decided to conduct the special general body meeting on February 9 during which the elections would be held.



The faction led by the AICF president P R Venketrama Raja had conducted a meeting in Chennai last month during which it was decided to hold the elections on February 10 in the city.



Chauhan told PTI that the notification was given according to the decision taken at the general body meeting on December 28.



When asked if it was correct to convene a meeting when a court case was pending, he said it was made after the decision made at the GB meeting in Bhopal.



Chauhan and AICF president Venketrama Raja have been at loggerheads over various issues.



At a general body meeting of AICF called by the president it was decided to hold elections on February 10 in Chennai.



However, at the December 28 meeting held at Bhopal, it was decided to hold the elections on February 9 in Ahmedabad.



Chauhan said there was no hurdle in holding the general body meet in Ahmedabad while the AICF is headquartered in Chennai.



Meanwhile, AICF treasurer Kishore M Bandekar, who belongs to the Venketrama Raja faction, said usually general body meets of the Federation are held in the city where it is headquartered.



He also accused Chauhan of convening a meeting whenever he wanted and said the February 9 meeting was invalid.

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