Dalmiya challenges BCCI after polls victory

Published: Monday, July 31, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Having won the CAB polls against heavy odds, Jagmohan Dalmiya today threw a challenge at the BCCI, asserting that the efforts to malign him would not go 'unchallenged'.

''I don't believe in witch-hunting, but a lot of wrong has been done to me (by the BCCI). This is not cricket. I can only say that whatever they do will not go unchallenged,'' the seasoned administrator told Mediapersons after sealing a victory in the polls yesterday.

''I will prove the truth. I needed a platform to bring truth to the fore. That is why I chose to fight the elections despite the Chief Minister (Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's) advice not to contest,'' Mr Dalmiya said.

Pointing out that the board had suspended him from attending its meetings, slapped two show cause notices and even filed an FIR against him, Mr Dalmiya said ''I won't be vindictive. But it has to come out who is really at fault.''

Asked how he proposed to utilise the CAB platform, Mr Dalmiya said, ''I myself don't know. How we deal will not be in my hand.'' Mr Dalmiya dodged querrieson whether he would appear before the BCCI Disciplinary Committee. ''Leave the matter to me and my legal advisers.''

''I was contemplating retirement from the cricket administration, but the peculiar way things turned out, I was forced to fight the CAB elections as I needed a platform,'' Mr Dalmiya said.

On whether he would continue to receive cooperation from the Kolkata Police, ''Why no't I?,'' he asked.

Questioned if he had anything to say against West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhatacharjee, Mr Dalmiya said ''I respect the Chief Minister. We need the support of the government to run the game and I have no apprehension.''

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