Former BCCI chief spearheading opposition lobby

Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Former BCCI chief I S Bindra, spearheading the opposition lobby, today said he was not sure if there would be an election for the president's post in the coming annual general meeting of the board here on September 22-23.

"I am not in a position to say if there will be an election (for the president's post) or not. Only the two persons, who want to contest, can say," Bindra told reporters after his arrival for the AGM here.

Declining to confirm in Maharashtra strongman Sharad Pawar would file his nomination for the president's post from the rival camp, Bindra said "names can be proposed in the floor of the house on September 22". Asked if the opposition had the numbers to ensure a victory, he said "we will look for the numbers only when there is a candidate".

He also refused to comment on the suit filed by Netaji Cricket Club in Madras High Court seeking appointment of an independent authority to oversee the conduct of the AGM, but said "there has been instances on a number of occasions of cancelling opposition vote on grounds not justified in the past".

Bindra's statement came as a surprise in view of another dissident stalwart Raj Singh Dungarpur's repeated claim that Pawar would fight the poll. Meanwhile, Brijesh Patel, representing the Karnataka State Cricket Association, said KSCA would bring in a resolution in the AGM for replacing the five-member selection committee with a three-member one.

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