Malhotra demands PM’s resignation over Centre’s National Sports Policy

November 3rd, 2010 - 9:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Nov 3 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Archery Federation of India President Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Wednesday demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh slammed the new guidelines issued by the Centre’s National Sports Policy, which mandates that the upper age limit of the heads of sports federations be 70 years, and they can serve for a maximum of three terms.

Keeping in view the new guidelines, Malhotra questioned the third consecutive election of Sonia Gandhi as Congress President, and demanded the resignation of Dr Manmohan Singh ‘for the sake of good governance’.

“Recently Sonia became the President for the third time, so everybody from the Prime Minister and his subordinates congratulated her on the consecutive election, saying she is very popular hence was chosen again for the third time. So here if anyone is elected as the President for the third time that it is not all right for good governance. If this is the reason, then why is it not applicable on Sonia Gandhi and other people?” said Malhotra.

“Lawmakers are elected 10 times, the reason for which is considered to be their popularity. If the federation’s president is elected for the third time then it is considered dictatorship. And if in reality after the age of 70 it is important to quit a post for the sake of good governance, then the Prime Minister should leave his post as he is (over) 70-years-old,” he added.

Vijay Kumar Malhotra further said that even Union Sports Minister M S Gill should also quit from his post.

“Mr. Gill himself is 74 or 75 years old, I don’t know exactly, but he is above 70, so he should leave, half of the cabinet should leave. All chief ministers should quit. These guidelines are completely wrong and draconian,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cycling Federation of India President Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa argued that the new policy should also restrict elections of ministers, state chiefs and other leaders in the country.

“Where is it (written)? Is there an age limit for becoming a minister, prime minister, lawmaker, legislator, president, and governor in our constitution? Secondly, this body has been registered on the society’s act (Societies Registration Act) so it constitution will prevail that what we have also told the court that it is not in our constitution. It is a legal matter,” said Dhindsa.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Central Government to implement its National Sports Policy under which the upper age limit for the ‘Heads of Sports Federations’ has been fixed at seventy years.

Turning down a plea of five federations seeking a restrain on implementation of the government policy, a bench headed by Chief Justice Deepak Misra passed the order.

As per the guidelines issued by the Centre on May 1, the upper age limit for the ‘Heads of Sports Federations’ was seventy years and the chief of a sporting body was allowed to continue on the post for a maximum of three terms.

The court, however, refused to grant any respite and declined to stay the Government order. (ANI)

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