Upset Dalmiya says he didn~~t want to defy CM

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Beleaguered CAB President Jagmohan Dalmiya said he didn't want to defy Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's wishes but he had no other alternative but to fight in the Cricket Association of Bengal poll for he needed a platform to deal with the current BCCI regime.

Mr Dalmiya was also very upset at Sourav Ganguly's e-mail in which the former Team India captain sent to the rival camps, seeking ''heavy punishment'' for those who allegedly toyed with his career.

Talking to UNI here, the former BCCI President said, ''There is a feeling of hurt in me that I could not honour Mr Bhattacharjee's words. When the Chief Minister wishes for something we must honour that. I had every intention to honour his words and there is a feeling of sadness that I had to stand. But I had to do it to prove a point.''

He was also upset that no solution could be arrived at despite Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty's mediation.

''When Mr Bhattacharjee sent Mr Subhas Chakraborty to me to break a common ground, we talked on every possibility and even suggested him some alternatives. But that was not acceptable to them nor did they come up with any solution. Then Mr Chakraborty simply gave up and I went on and filed the nomination,'' Mr Dalmiya said.

''I needed a platform. I even told him that. I need a platform from where I can protest against BCCI and the wrongs that have done to me and CAB. And finally the members who had supported me all this while and helped me scale the highest rungs of international cricket administration wanted me to continue. How could I say no to them?'' he asked.

Reacting to the Sourav Ganguly issue, he said, ''There is a saying in hindi ''jis ki lathi uski bhais''. Now I don't have the proverbial lathi and people are deserting me and relationships have strained,'' said a visibly emotional Dalmiya.

''But I will say he (Sourav) is a rare talent. He is a fabulous cricketer and whatever he has done he has done it by himself. I will stand by these words forever,'' he added.

And Mr Dalmiya revealed his plans to come up with a tell-a-tale at some point of time.

''I will talk about this a few years from now when I write about my life. You will know it, don't worry,'' he said.

Asked on the series of cases that BCCI has slapped on him, the CAB chief said, ''What can I say? They began with Rs 21 lakh and ended now with Rs 40 crore. I have asked for clarifications that never came. I'm facing showcause, FIR and a host of other cases. But I can tell you one thing. Truth has to prevail and we have a vibrant legal system in this country. The people cannot be fooled forever.'' Asked if he felt he was being targetted to settle personal scores, Mr Dalmiya replied in his usual suave manner, ''People who are accusing me now were presidents and secretaries when these events took place. I just wonder what took them 10 years to wake up and take up the cases.

''You should see the language of the complain and a system for doing things. But nothing has been done,'' he said.

On the summons to be present before the disciplinary committee, which was eventually deferred today, Mr Dalmiya said, ''One thing I must admit. They have a tremendous sense of timing. On July 30 I will be fighting the CAB polls and on July 26 they want me in New Delhi.'' Told about allegations that if he wins the CAB poll Bengal cricket would suffer, Mr Dalmiya snapped, ''Tell me how? People should know there is something called rotation system and Eden will get its due. Otherwise there are other ways of getting it.

''I think Bengal cricket did exceedingly well last year. we were runners up and that too lost to the winners by a meagre 14 runs.

Anything could have happened. In U-22 also we are the runners-up. A host of young cricketers are coming up. S S Paul, Ranadeb Bose, Manoj Tewari are getting regular call-ups. What else do you want?'' Asked about the heavy odds against him in the CAB election, Mr Dalmiya smiled and said, ''Look no one can say what will happen in the elections. The ballots will say that. But I can say no one stands to lose. I am not doing it either.''

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