Dalmiya under siege from Police Commissioner

Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Jagmohan Dalmiya has been fighting battles on several fronts with elan, but now his home turf seems to be under threat from an upright cop with the CAB polls approaching fast and furious.

What has been smouldering over the last few weeks finally burst into flames a few days back, as a sizeable number of prominent former Bengal cricketers and maidan heavyweights got their heads together and let out a war-cry against Jagmohan Dalmiya.

What followed is the emergence of city Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee as the candidate to take on the warlord himself.

Talking to UNI, Mr Mukherjee said, ''I cannot say officially that I am the candidate for the post of president of CAB, but yes a lot of clubs have approached me and I am amazed by the way they have turned out to support me.'' ''I have been flooded with phone calls and if it finally happens I will announce the whole thing officially with my panel,'' Mr Mukherjee added.

Samar Pal, one of the mainstays of the dissident group and a candidate for the joint-secretary's post, told UNI, ''We are just waiting to complete the panel. As of now three positions are finalised. We are projecting Mr Mukherjee as our presidential candidate and Raja Venkat and myself will fight for the two joint-secretaries' posts'' ''But hopefully all will be settled within a week and things will be made official. This time we have support from several corners.

Different club officials have approached us and we are looking at things very positively,'' he added.

Amidst the flurry of twists and turns, the Sourav Ganguly connection obviously looked to be the most prominent. While the former India skipper is quietly gearing up for the upcoming stint with Northamptonshire, his older sibling and former Bengal stalwart Snehasish was part of a 30-member gathering that met to finalise the strategy against CAB president Dalmiya for the state body elections this July.

Former national selector Sambaran Banerjee, Commissioner of Police Prasun Mukherjee, Samar Pal, BCCI media coordinator Raja Venkat, former AITA bigwig Hironmoy Chatterjee and 15 former Bengal players completed the star studded nucleus of the dissidents that is willing to take on the ruling CAB dispensation.

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