Sharad Pawar resigns as MCA president

The letter, which was read out to the media by Vinod Deshpande — a MCA managing committee member — in the presence of a few office-bearers after Sharad Pawar submitted his resignation, refers to the Supreme Court’s remarks during Friday’s hearing.

Sharad Pawar in his resignationa letter stated that the he is deeply hurt by the usage of words during Frida's Supreme Court proceedings.   -  Vivek Bendre

Two days after the Supreme Court blasted 70-plus office-bearers holding on to their respective posts in cricket administration, a disappointed Sharad Pawar has submitted his resignation as the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) President to the MCA managing committee.

The letter, which was read out to the media by Vinod Deshpande — a MCA managing committee member — in the presence of a few office-bearers after Sharad Pawar submitted his resignation, refers to the Supreme Court’s remarks during Friday’s hearing.

"During the proceedings in the Supreme Court, while barring 70-plus individuals to be president of a cricket body, the Court has referred to these posts as 'lucrative'. I am deeply hurt by such usage of words, so I don’t intend to work now on," Pawar states in the letter.

"In fact, these posts are democratically elected, so I enjoyed holding on to the post. During my tenure as the MCA President, I have never claimed any allowance or financial gains.

"It is the responsibility of every Indian citizen to respect a court decision, so without further dissecting, I am happy to honour it."

On Friday, while discussing the third status report of the Lodha Committee, which has been entrusted with the task of implementing the administrative overhaul of the BCCI and its affiliates, the three-member Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice of India, T.S. Thakur, had remarked: "Everyone wants to go around and continue to hold the post even after 70 years. This is such a lucrative business that everyone wants to go on forever."

According to MCA joint-secretary Dr. P.V. Shetty, Saturday’s managing committee meeting did not accept Pawar’s resignation letter. "He has submitted his resignation to the secretary on Saturday which we in turn will be placing before the managing committee to be convened at a later date," Shetty said.

Surprisingly, despite serving MCA as President for well over a decade, Pawar’s resignation letter is addressed to “Secretary, MCA”. However, in MCA’s existing rulebook, the post of secretary does not exist. The two joint-secretaries are responsible for the activities of the association.

It remains to be seen if the MCA managing committee accepts Pawar’s resignation. Interestingly, Pawar and his colleagues in MCA have made several flip-flops in the aftermath of the landmark Supreme Court verdict, delivered on July 18.

Soon after the Supreme Court ordered the Lodha Committee recommendations to be enforced, Pawar had announced that the MCA managing committee has unanimously agreed to implement the order. However, in September, the MCA challenged the apex court's verdict in the Bombay High Court, only to not get the case listed after the Supreme Court continued to go after the BCCI.

Last month, a SGM of MCA rejected the new constitution formed by the Lodha Committee, in the same manner as the BCCI members had done on October 1. According to the MCA members, many contentious clauses – including one state, one vote and cooling-off period for office-bearers and the age cap – were rejected on the floor, thus forcing an adjournment of the SGM.