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District Sports Association (DSA) Silchar in Assam, established in the year 1957, has never ever witnessed a turn of turbulent tide ahead of its elections slated to be held on November 24 next.

While the respective candidates up against a plethora of posts marked for the elections, a late night clarion call on Tuesday night by Deputy Speaker of Assam, Aminul Haque Laskar, to the presidents and general secretaries of various clubs, apart from the office bearers of DSA, Silchar, flummoxed one and all.

Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar laid before the house that a message has come from none other than the chief minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, that he would help DSA Silchar with a sum of Rs 15 crores to complete the works for the stadium, provided, Dr Rajdeep Roy, the present MP from Silchar, assumes office as a ‘president’.

Not only that the current president of DSA Silchar, Babul Hore, should not contest this election for the post of presidentship.

Rather he can be adjusted as a general secretary of this association in order to keep a check on the works carried out by DSA Silchar with the fund allotted.

While, Deputy Speaker, Aminul Haque Laskar, did not speak to Northeast Now on this issue, or the ‘unique’ proposal of the chief minister, the present president of DSA Silchar, Babul Hore said, “I have called for a meeting to put this matter before the club members and know of their thoughts.”

The meeting eventually took place and ended on Wednesday night, wherein, Babul Hore, categorically informed the club members that he is willing to step down provided the chief minister wants him to do so, or rather wants, Dr Rajdeep Roy to take his place.

Babul Hore, said, “I am willing to accept the wishes of the chief minister, but, before doing so, I would personally talk to Dr Rajdeep Roy once who is attending the Winter Session of and if needed would speak to chief minister too in this regard.”

“In any context, I would not accept myself to step down and take the position of a General Secretary of DSA Silchar once again which I have served almost more than 10 years,” said Babul Hore talking to this correspondent.

Meanwhile, the elections for DSA Silchar on November 24 next, has become more intriguing as Sushmita Dev, former MP from Silchar and All India Mahila Congress President’s name is doing the rounds of contesting for presidentship, only if Dr Rajdeep Roy stands up for this post.

If at all that happens, ‘Silcharites’ would keenly watch a repeat of Lok Sabha elections of April this year between these two young politicians always at loggerheads.

Aniruddha Laskar

Aniruddha Laskar is the Chief of Bureau, South Assam &and Mizoram. He can be reached at - anilaskar@gmail.com