The president Raninder Singh and general secretary DV Seetharama Rao of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) were re-elected for another four-year term, at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali on Saturday.
Interestingly, Raninder Singh won the election 89-1 against the president of the Uttar Pradesh Rifle Association, Shyam Singh Yadav.
Yadav had lost to Raninder in the last elections too, in 2010.
The 48-year-old Raninder is the son of Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and is an active trap shooter himself. He was was first appointed as NRAI chief in 2010, after the demise of Digvijay Singh.
In the vote of thanks, Raninder assured the shooting fraternity that he would take up the matter of 18 per cent GST (Gods and Services Tax) on ‘duty free imports’’ with the Union Sports Ministry and the Ministry of Finance, to reach an early resolution for the benefit of the sport.
A few fresh faces were inducted into the governing body of NRAI, including Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo who was unanimously elected as a senior vice-president while Karan Kumar was elected as treasurer of the sports body. Deo is a BJD MP from Odisha.
The members for the posts of senior vice president, secretary general, joint secretary generals, treasurer and members of governing body of NRAI were also elected unanimously.