The Hush Post: BS Gill is the new president of Chandigarh Golf Club. He defeated Lt Col JS Panag by a margin of 413 votes.
Gill is a four-time Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC) president and Lt Col (Retd) J S Panag is a war veteran.
58-year-old Gill, has earlier been the club president from 2009-2011 and 2014-2016. He now gets a fifth term as president. 77-year-old Panag, who lost the elections, is a veteran of the 1962 Indo-China and 1971 Indo-Pak wars. This was the third time he was contesting polls.
With this win, Gill happens to be the second-longest serving president here. Former IAS officer GS Sandhu has won eight terms. Apart from the two, a total of 15 candidates contested for the 11-member executive committee of the club, which has more than 1800 members, including Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, former Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, legendary Milkha Singh and former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev.
“My main focus will be no wasteful expenditure and only to be concerned about Chandigarh Golf Club. We have to be careful with the finances of the club and carry on the good work done by the past committees. The Junior Golf Development programme will also be a priority for us. During my tenure for four terms, we always concentrated on having transparency in financial matters and this time, too, we will seek votes on these matters. Whatever I did, it was because of the faith shown by members,” said Gill, a lawyer with an LLM degree in environmental laws from Columbia University and brother of former Punjab DGP, the late KPS Gill.