SILCHAR, June 25 � When it is politics, they have sworn on the common ideals indoctrinated by the party high command. But when it is sports, former minister and now chief advisor to the Chief Minister, Gautam Roy and Minister of Agriculture, Panchayat and Rural Development Rockibul Hussain stand divided.
Ahead of the all important annual general meeting of the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) to be held at Silchar on June 26, both Roy and Rockibul have positioned themselves in two extreme ends, vying for the coveted post of ACA president.
On the eve of the meeting, Roy seemed to be in his usual flamboyant self. Asked whether he is expecting any contest from his competitor, Roy said, �I trust in the Almighty. I have never lost in life and I believe Friday�s results won�t be any different.� However, even as Roy hinted that there is no necessity of any �working president� in the association, talks on the post is doing the rounds.
Meanwhile, relaxed in his room at the Circuit House, Rockibul preferred to speak to the media after the meeting.
He said that in sports, there is no party and he is focused on the development of the game in the State. He mentioned that efforts are being made for the forthcoming State Games slated to be held here later this year.
Though it is assumed that an unchanged top brass will continue to be in office, sources in the ACA have indicated a few changes.
Interestingly, Silchar DSA secretary Babul Hore and Rani Narah might be seen contesting for the vice president�s chair while, the battle to retain the secretary�s post is likely to be tough for current secretary Bikash Baruah as Pradip Kumar Hazarika and Mani Saikia might spring surprises to the election process by offering their candidature.
Elections may be held for different posts as several candidates are raring to contest in the ACA elections tomorrow along with the much-awaited general meeting.