Objection over Deshmukh's MCA nomination turned down

Union Minister for Rural Development Vilasrao Deshmukh was challenged on the ground that he was not a permanent resident of Mumbai Getty Images

Mumbai: Jul 9, 2011

In a new twist to the elections of Mumbai Cricket Association on July 15, the nomination for the president’s post filed by Union Minister for Rural Development Vilasrao Deshmukh was challenged on the ground that he was not a permanent resident of Mumbai.

But the contention was turned down by the returning officer because as per the passport details provided by Deshmukh, he has been shown as a resident of Mumbai, Nadeem Memon, contesting the MCA election for a berth on the managing committee and who had challenged the nomination of Deshmukh told PTI.

Memon challenged the validity of Deshmukh’s nomination on the ground that the latter, a sitting vice president of MCA headed by fellow-politician Sharad Pawar, had given his permanent address as Babhaigaon in Latur district.

“I challenged Vilasrao’s nomination as from the government website, I found out that his permanent residential address is given as Babhaigaon in Latur district. From there he has fought the elections to become an MP and before that the state elections.

“But the returning officer has allowed the nomination to stand on the basis of the details of his residence given in his passport (showing him a resident of Mumbai). But he has also told me I can challenge it within 48 hours by appealing to the president (Pawar),” said Memon.

An MCA source said later that all the nominations filed by various candidates for the elections were declared valid by returning officer S P Raje.

“There was an objection raised by Memon that Vilasrao is not a permanent resident of Mumbai, but the returning officer, after going through various documents produced by Deshmukh his passport, society certificate, electricity and telephone bills held that he is a resident of Mumbai,” the source explained.

PTI