Talks fail; election certain

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The next President of the BCCI would be elected today as efforts to reach a last minute consensus apparently failed this morning.

"The elections are on," a close confidante of outgoing President Jagmohan Dalmiya told PTI.He, however, said that there was no negotiation and "we are ready for the election".

A senior member of the Sharad Pawar camp also said that elections would be held to decide the next President. Pawar, Chief of the Maharashtra Cricket Association, is exptected to be pitted against Ranbir Singh Mahendra of Haryana who is backed by Dalmiya for the post of the President.

Pawar's candidature would be proposed by the Punjab Cricket Association as it is North Zone's turn to contest the President's post.

Last minute effort to reach a consensus was on to avoid an election at the BCCI AGM later today amidst indication that NCP leader and Union Minister Sharad Pawar has offered to pull out.

Interactions between the two groups -- one headed by Pawar and the other by outgoing president Jagmohan Dalmiya -- were on to avoid the election and agree on a consensus candidate for the post of the president, BCCI sources said here today.

"Nothing can be said definitely at this stage. Everything is fluid," the sources said.

The development came after Pawar, who had been put forward by Dalmiya's rival group, expressed his reluctance to contest as he felt that the required number was not with him.

Pawar had declared yesterday that he would contest only if certain of victory. Apparently, the Pawar camp was not ready to accept Dalmiya's nominee, Ranbir Singh Mahendra of Haryana, for the president's post and talks were on to find a consensus candidate.

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