Kalyan Chaubey frontrunner for AIFF president post: Report

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Kalyan Chaubey, a former goalkeeper and now BJP leader from Bengal, is reportedly the frontrunner to succeed Praful Patel as president of the All India Football Federation in elections due on September 2.

Telegraph India reports that Chaubey's nomination for the top post, which was filed from Gujarat and seconded by Arunachal Pradesh, will be uncontested. 

As per the daily, member-associations of the 35 states and Union Territories, which were to have a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, will be putting up a unanimous panel for the elections. NA Haris (Congress MLA and president of the Karnataka State Football Association) could be the vice-president and Kipa Ajay (secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association) is the frontrunner for the treasurer’s post. 

“We do not want (a) contest but for that, a lot of competent people will be left out,” a source told Telegraph India on Tuesday.

As regards Shaji Prabhakaran, Football Delhi president, who, along with Haris, had earlier filed his nomination for the top post, speculation is that he could be appointed as AIFF secretary-general or its chief executive officer.

According to the modified rules, 17 members (including one president, one treasurer and one vice-president) will be elected by the electoral college consisting of 35 member associations.