Sharad Pawar has 18 votes in hand: Dungarpur

Published: Monday, September 27, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has the support of 18 out of 31 units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to succeed Jagmohan Dalmiya as the BCCI president at its annual elections on September 29, according to former BCCI chief Raj Singh Dungarpur.

"Pawar, who is supported by 18 units, was accompanied today to Kolkata by two or three senior members of the support group and he is very keen to take up the post," Dungarpur told reporters at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai on Monday.

"As I see it the only way Pawar can be stopped is by disqualifying a few members from voting in the elections. That would change the whole complexion," the CCI President, who is among those supporting Pawar, said.

The Punjab Cricket Association has decided to nominate Pawar for the president's post at the AGM. It is the turn of North Zone units to nominate a president.

Asked whether there can be a compromise, Dungarpur said, "It can happen if Dalmiya, who is reportedly supporting the candidature of Haryana's Ranbir Singh to succeed him, strikes a deal with Mumbai Cricket Association president, Pawar".

"The next ICC Champions Trophy is to be held in India in 2006 and Dalmiya can strike a compromise with Pawar and allow the latter to get elected unopposed and, in turn, be asked to deal with ICC as the Board's chief patron," Dungarpur said.

A special general meeting of BCCI was convened in Chennai earlier this month where it was decided to make Dalmiya the Board's chief patron once his term as BCCI chief came to an end.

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