Dalmiya pooh-poohs Bajpai~~s challenge

Published: Saturday, July 23, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Brushing aside the challenge from former top cop Dinesh Bajpai, CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya today said he was "not the least concerned" about his rival for the CAB chief's post. "I am not the least concerned. I don't think it is stretching or stressing me.

I have fought many elections at various levels," Dalmiya said when asked to comment on ex-West Bengal Director General of Police Bajpai filing his nomination against him for the post of CAB president in the elections scheduled for July 27.

Breaking his silence on the coming elections, a confident Dalmiya said "I don't believe in carrying my campaign via the media. The result will be my answer". On Bajpai's allegation that he had no time for Bengal cricket, Dalmiya said "Let him say it on the floor of our General Body and I will reply".

Reminding Bajpai that he was fighting the elections of a prestigious sports institution, Dalmiya said "One should remember that it is not a political election for controlling a civic body. One needs to practise more restraint".

The former BCCI chief said Bajpai has given him a letter raising certain queries. "We have gone through it. If we choose to reply, we will let you know," he said, while refusing to disclose contents of Bajpai's missive.

Asked about the reported comments of Saradindu Pal, his faction's nominee for one of the joint secretarys' posts, on his (Pal's) involvement in match-fixing, Dalmiya said "show me one match which has been fixed in Bengal cricket. The system is such that matches cannot be fixed". Pal was quoted by a section of the press as saying that he had fixed matches in the past.

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