Dalmiya re-elected as CAB chief with a huge margin

Published: Thursday, July 28, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Jagmohan Dalmiya was re-elected president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) as the ruling faction swept the polls at the Association's 74th annual general meeting here.

Dalmiya, who has been at the helm of CAB since 1993, won by a huge 93-vote margin against the former top cop Dinesh Bajpai, who had created a stir by announcing his candidature against the seasoned sports administrator.

Dalmiya bagged 106 votes, while the former director general of state police managed only 13 votes.

One vote was cancelled while the representative of an affiliate unit of CAB, Salkia Friends, did not turn up.

Dalmiya nominees Amitava Banerjee and Saradindu Pal became the new joint secretaries. Banerjee got 97 votes, Pal 86 while Samar Pal of the opponent faction had to remain satisfied with 35 votes.

"I am satisfied that so many people have reposed faith in me," Dalmiya said after his victory.

Bajpai, on the other hand, accepted his defeat saying "I had fought the elections based on some issues. But the results show that the majority of the voters did not concur with my views".

Vajpai, however, alleged that his campaign was hampered as he was not given a copy of the voters' list. "But I'll continue my fight," he said, before leaving the venue.

Shib Kumar Kalyani was re-nominated as the association's treasurer, while M K Sen, Samir Sen, Asit Chatterjee and Subhas Basu were unanimously elected as vice-presidents.

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