Footballer and BJP leader Kalyan Chaubey beat another former national-level footballer Bhaichung Bhutia to become the president of All India Football Federation. He beat Bhutia by margin of 33-1 on Friday. The 45-year-old Chaubey is a former goalkeeper with Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. This is a result that was expected as former captain Bhutia did not have many supporters in the 34-member voters’ list made up of state association representatives.
Karnataka Football Association president N A Haris, a sitting Congress MLA, won the election for the lone post of vice president, beating Manvendra Singh of Rajasthan FA.
“Congratulations to former India goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey on being elected as the new president of AIFF. I am sure he will take Indian football to greater heights and glory. I extend my whole-hearted support to him for the betterment of this beautiful game and wish him all the best,” said Praful Patel.
It was expected to be a close contest between Kalyan and the poster boy of Indian football Bhaichung for the post of president, Haris and Manvendra for the post of vice-president and Kipa Ajay and Kosaraju for the post of treasurer, but the one-sided results came as a huge surprise.