Dalmiya happy with the voters~~ list system

Published: Monday, November 28, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Jagmohan Dalmiya, leader of the ruling faction of the BCCI, today expressed satisfaction at the voters' list announced for tomorrow's election barring the authorisation given to Rajendra Zar as representative of Himachal Pradedsh Cricket Association.

''Yes, we are satisfied with the list, but in the case of Himachal Pradesh, one person has been given voting right whom we have not seen attending any AGM before'', Dalmiya told reporters here.

Stating that the former Vice-President of the HPCA was ''unknown to the Board'', the former BCCI Chief said ''we will certainly take this matter to the Supreme Court, if necessary''.

BCCI election observer T S Krishnamurthy today authorised Zar, belonging to the rival camp of Sharad Pawar, as the authorised voter for the state Association, dismissing the candidature of Anurag Thakur of the Dalmiya camp.

Dalmiya, however, said he was happy with the overall arrangement and the system of coming out with a voters' list a day before the election which should be hailed as a healthy precedence.

Asked if the new system has made the BCCI election process more transparent, he said ''the Board was running with this kind of system for 75 years. I don't know if anything was wrong with the system, but since we have come to it, let us make a new beginning''.

Asked if he was confident of a victory, particularly after the Observer cleared the voting right of Jharkhand Cricket Association, Dalmiya said ''the matter is not how confident I am or not, but how much it translates into vote tomorrow''.

He, however, reiterated that the opposition camp was ''very weak in mathematics''.

He ruled out any possibility of delay in the election due to further legal wrangles, and said the whole thing was under the supervision of the Supreme Court which has appointed the Observer and said no case would be entertained before the election.

Also, the Oberrver has to go back to the Court once the election process was over, he said.

He said that both the sides were happy with the kind of arrangements and procedures laid down by the Observer for the election.

Earlier, Amitabh Choudhary, Secretary of Jharkhand Cricket Association, sighed a relief at the authiorisation given by Observer Krishnamurthy as ther valid voter, and described it as the 'moral victory' for the Dalmiya camp.

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