Dr Cyrus Poonawalla who is one of the biggest names in Indian racing has reacted to the article written by Dr K M Srinivasa Gowda, stating that a positive vote was critical for the survival of racing in Bangalore as also to prevent the negative impact of the impasse on other racing centres. He has said in his letter to Dr Gowda that efforts must be made be made to resolve the issue.
Dr Poonawalla wrote to Dr Gowda: ``I read your article “Positive vote critical for the sport” and I entirely agree with you. Consequently, I have also spoken to the Chairman, Mr Harimohan Naidu to extend my support.
``I think one thing all of you and the Chairman should do, is to get all important racing personalities plus other 5-6 Race Clubs to endorse a strong appeal or recommendation to the members to comply with the Government`s requirement of 50 membership, which in my opinion is hardly any sacrifice to the egos of the existing BTC Club members, who have been so far pampered over the years.
``I am sure that the entire racing fraternity`s petition which should be either lodged or circulated to the BTC members would have some weight on their thinking on the issue. Please let me know what you and Mr Harimohan Naidu could do in this respect which, in my opinion, for any forward-thinking person would make sense.``
Dr Gowda in his reply has said: ``I am for broad-basing membership by including breeders, owners and racing enthusiasts as members. I am in complete agreement with you about the small sacrifice that the members must make.``