Nine MC members of B’lore Turf Club resign

05-09-2017
DH

The managing committee (MC) members — except former chairman N Harindra Shetty — and BTC’s chief executive officer Nirmal Prasad chose to take the step following the state government’s refusal to renew the club’s licence to conduct racing and betting.

The nine MC members said they chose to resign as some members accused them of stalling races and not cooperating with the government.

“With a great sense of disappointment following the lack of any favourable response from the Government of Karnataka in the matter of issue of licence for conducting inter-venue betting and racing in Bangalore racecourse for the period between September 1 and November 30, 2017, we are tendering our resignation,” said the managing committee members.

“Despite our best efforts with sincerity, integrity and selflessness, the recent sequence of events has compelled us to believe that the Government of Karnataka is not favourably inclined to the present managing committee in the matter of conducting affairs of the club. The consequential impasse has led to thousands of poor families, like the syces and daily wage workers, being rendered unemployed. The stakeholders too are undergoing losses.”

“Some members believe if we step down then the Government will grant licence within 24 hours. In the larger interest of racing, we thought this would be best for all.”

BTC chairman Y Jagannath, who also stepped down, said the Extraordinary General Body Meeting on Tuesday will go ahead as planned. The meeting was convened to discuss the proposal to increase the membership of the club, with the government demanding they be given 50 slots. The government’s reluctance to renew BTC’s licence was seen as a move to put pressure on the club but officially, they deny any such link.

“The Governing Body will conduct the meeting and members of the BTC will be able to cast their vote on whether to increase membership count by 150 and allocate 50 to the State,” Jagannath said.

One MC member slammed the government for trying to bully their way into the club. “How can the government just barge into the club? The members of the club are elected through a democratic process and the government is using their power to create discord in the club and then wriggle their way in. They can deny saying that the latest licensing issue is not linked to membership but in 2014, it’s there in writing that they wanted 50 slots.”

Another MC member said Shetty, who was unseated through a no-confidence motion at the start of the summer season, has created 100 proxy votes that could swing Tuesday’s vote in favour of the government. “It’s not easy to win a battle against the government. They have the power and control. If we oppose then we end up becoming the losers. A lot of livelihood is dependent on racing.”

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