Observer surprised at factionalism in BCCI

Published: Monday, November 28, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:T S Krishnamurthy, Supreme Court appointed Observer for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) election, today expressed surprise at the factionalism within the Indian cricket Board.

''There are 30 voters for the BCCI election, but multiple factions are found within each unit'', Krishnamurthy told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar at the Kolkata Press Club.

After days of deliberations, Krishnamurthy announced the final list of voters eligible for the BCCI polls tomorrow.

Krishnamurthy, former Chief Election Commissioner, said that while the poll panel successfully overcame the stupendous challenge in conducting elections countrywide despite having difficult language and culture among 670 million voters in 800,000 polling booths, ''it is a small election in the BCCI''.

''But, there are multiple factions in one organisation in the BCCI'', he said.

However, he said that he had no problem in conducting in the BCCI and it would be done ''without any difficulty''.

Earlier, former cricketer Kirti Azad, claimant for the Bihar vote, said that when he represented his claims supported by 400 pages of documents before Krishnamurthy, the former CEC reacted ''conducting BCCI elections seems to be a tougher job than holding general polls''.

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