Mumbai: BJP leader Gopinath Munde will now move the court against the decision of the MCA to reject his application to contest the MCA elections citing his residential status.
NCP supremo Sharad Pawar is the only other contestant for the post of the MCA president and is all set to be elected unopposed as association president unless the court grants a stay on the election proceedings.
According to MCA president Ravi Savant, Munde’s application was earlier rejected by the election officer on the basis of his residential status as he is a voter of Beed. The former deputy chief minister even appealed against the application being declared invalid, but that too was rejected.
Savant said that though the MCA rules state that a Mumbai resident can become a governing member of the organisation, a Bombay high court order of 2006 states that a person could have residences in different cities, but he is considered to be a permanent resident of only that place where his name appears on the electoral rolls.
“The BJP leader had filed an appeal with which he had attached various documents to show that he has a residence in Mumbai. But that only indicates he has got a residence in Mumbai. But the rule says he has got to be a resident of Mumbai, besides one can have two places of residence, but can be a permanent resident of one place,” Savant pointed out.
Munde, on Thursday, said his application was rejected to ensure that Pawar gets elected unopposed and said that it was a conspiracy against him. Munde also alleged that the MCA was being run like a fiefdom of Pawar.
Munde added that Vilasrao Deshmukh’s nomination for the MCA elections was challenged on the grounds that he was not a permanent resident of Mumbai but of Babhalgaon in Latur district.
However, the returning officer had allowed the nomination on the basis of the details of his residence given in his passport, which showed him as a Mumbai resident.
Besides, Munde cited a bye-law of the association, wherein only a candidate can object against nomination of other candidates and in his case the objection had been raised by Vile Parle Club representative, which is not a candidate at the polls. He has no legal right to object to my candidature. The election officers had no right to hear him. Munde also referred to a law of MCA that one cannot contest MCA elections for the fourth term without a gap four years.
Meanwhile, associates of the BJP leader said the he is yet to move the court on Thursday and is preparing the draft for the case.