BCCI AGM convened and adjourned twice frequnetly

Published: Thursday, September 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:In the face of a slew of court cases, the BCCI AGM was convened twice and adjourned both times within a couple of minutes, here today.

Both times, soon after the meeting was convened, BCCI President Ranbir Singh Mahendra informed members that it could not take off following a stay order from the Calcutta High Court.

BCCI officials were seen roaming the lobby of the star hotel venue where the event was taking place as mediapersons, hungry for quotes, pursued them.

Lalit Modi of Rajasthan Cricket Association, who had filed an application with the Calcutta High Court for appointment of three observers, was a busy man as he kept newspersons posted about developments.

In the morning, news came in that the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association had nominated Sharad Pawar as its candidate for the president's post though the man himself was tightlipped.

Former J-K Chief Minister and current President of the J-K Board Farooq Abdullah later confirmed Pawar's nomination. "We have fielded our horse and it is for the members to choose now," Abdullah said.

Asked whether he was confident of victory, Abdullah said, "if I was not confident, why would I come here?" On the lawsuits in various courts with regard to the AGM, he said, "Hindustan is a democracy.

Everybody has the right to go to court.Former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who is representing the Cricket Association of Bengal at the meeting, expressed annoyance over clubs going to court.

"Why are they going to court? They should instead come to the BCCI and discuss their problems," Dalmiya said. He said it would have been discussed on the floor of the house rather than in the courts.

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