Gujarat Confidential: Umpiring a truce

Royal Scion and former BCA head Samarjitsinh Gaekwad attended the meeting

After several years of animosity and heated arguments at meetings, the warring groups of the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) have finally decided to work together for important issues such as construction of an indoor cricket stadium in Kotambi, for which land was identified as far back as 2013. At last week’s AGM, the BCA peacefully discussed the backlog of accounts since 2014 that it is yet to clear in order to get its share of Rs 135 crore grant from BCCI. Royal Scion and former BCA head Samarjitsinh Gaekwad attended the meeting after current BCA President Pranav Amin met him in person and extended an olive branch. Gaekwad heads the Royal group while Amin is from the Revival group. Both Gaekwad and Amin have said they would set aside their rivalry for now and get things going. At the AGM, members agreed to appoint an Ombudsman to look into issues plaguing cricket under the board.


A day after the in-charge registrar of MS University NK Ojha retired and a new registrar, Krishnarajsinh Chudasama, was appointed, the former was appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the capacity of Assistant/Advisor to the vice-chancellor. The announcement was made during the Diwali vacation period, which has attracted the ire of a group of senate members. They questioned the appointment saying there is no provision to appoint an OSD assistant/advisor to the VC when there is already a statutory post of pro vice-chancellor. Senate members also questioned why the decision was taken during the vacation period. A letter in this regard has been sent to the Principal Secretary of the Education department, and an answer is awaited.

Commanding View

New features have been added at the Statue of Unity site in Kevadia, Narmada district to attract tourists. Recently, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked the second anniversary of the SoU on October 31, the authorities experimented with the seating arrangement for guests who arrived for the PM’s address. Apart from the regular seating, some guests were also seated at a hilltop nearby that offered a different view of the dais, and it was called the ‘green gallery’. A senior state government officer said that they may arrange for a green gallery at other public events of dignitaries such as the Prime Minister or Chief Minister.