East Bengal and Mohun Bagan protest blank nominations

The Kolkata giants were vocal about the shady nature of the upcoming Indian FA elections claiming that blank nominations were sent for the polls...
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) elections were supposed to be a routine affair in India. But it has been anything but that as the federation is in the firing line for alleged violation of the government sports code as claimed by a Public Interest Litigation filed by activist Rahul Mehra.

Just when the federation thought things could not get worse, two of India's most iconic football clubs East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, who have themselves been in the news lately, lashed out at the Indian Football Association (IFA), the governing body for foootball in West Bengal, claiming that they allegedly sent blank nominations to the AIFF polls.

According to The Times of India, the IFA held an emergency governing body meeting on Wednesday, ahead of the AIFF elections to be held on December 20. East Bengal and Mohun Bagan questioned the validity of the nominations being sent for the AIFF polls.

"The nomination date was December 5. Why was the governing body meeting called so late. Why did the IFA not take the clubs into confidence before sending the nominations. Why are we not aware of the electoral college?", asked Mohun Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra.

According to AIFF sources, all office bearers and executive committee members, including Praful Patel, would be elected unopposed. Apart from president and treasurer, elections would be held for five vice presidents and 10 executive members. "In reality, there will be no election. Just 17 nomination papers were submitted for 17 posts, so there would be no contest," said an official.

In a related development, despite Mohun Bagan's protest, incumbent AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta is a firm favourite to continue in his role as vice-president.

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