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BI EC meeting adjourned, Jajodia faces ‘No Confidence Motion’


New Delhi: With the rebels refusing to back down, Boxing India’s Executive Committee meeting was today adjourned for “lack of quorum” even as disgruntled EC members vowed to bring in a ‘No Confidence Motion’ against BI President Sandeep Jajodia at General Body meeting on May 3. Today’s EC meeting, convened by Jajodia, was boycotted by 16 of the 20 EC members, who said the BI President was not authorised to call such a gathering as it was the prerogative of Secretary General, Jay Kowli.

“The meeting has been adjourned due to lack of quorum and a fresh notice would be intimated to the EC members soon,” BI spokesperson Neetal Narang told PTI. Jajodia, pushed to the wall by the full-blown rebellion, did not resign as was speculated but the rebels were adamant on ousting him and claimed that he will be shown the door in the May 3 General Body meeting.

“We have made ourselves pretty clear by boycotting this meeting. Now, there will be a ‘No Confidence Motion’ against him in the May 3 meeting and he is set to go. It would have been better had he resigned,” West Bengal representative Asit Banerjee, part of the rebel group, told PTI.

BI, which has been fighting to get recognition from the Indian Olympic Association, took charge in September last year after conducting elections monitored by the International Boxing Association. But it has been struggling to run the show smoothly after the Indian Olympic Association refused to grant recognition to it.

“It is just over six months since we took charge, how can members declare so early that it’s not working? We conducted the men’s Nationals and women’s Nationals in this brief period but fundamental changes obviously take time,” a source from the Jajodia camp said.

“People who are opposing the current set up seem to be doing so because of their own vested interests. We will try to understand what exactly is their complaint with the President but what do you do when somebody wants to bring the system down just for the heck of it,” the official added.