Bhattacharjee declares war on Dalmiya

Published: Monday, July 31, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Stung by the reverses of his protege, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today declared a 'war' against reinstated CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya calling his victory a win of 'evil' over 'good' and 'injustice' over 'justice'.

Taking Dalmiya's victory at a personal level, Mr Bhattacharjee told newspersons at the State Secretariat, ''This is a victory of the evil forces over the honest and good people. It's a victory of injustice over justice.

''I don't believe in trenched warfare or stabbing from behind, so I have called for his removal in the open. I want to see him out for betterment of Bengal's cricket and this war will go on till the mission is accomplished,'' he asserted.

''Dalmiya's presence is a setback for Bengal's cricket. Our efforts will be on to remove Dalmiya from the CAB. I want Dalmiya to leave CAB and I still insist that he leaves the association,'' Mr Bhattacharjee said, giving vent to his ire.

''People don't like Dalmiya's way of functioning. Eden Garden has ceased to be an international cricket stadium. If he is in power, cricket will take a backseat in the state,'' he thundered.

Jagmohan Dalmiya did the seemingly impossible thing by winning the polls yesterday, defying Mr Bhattacharjee's wishes and defeating his protege police commissioner Prasun Mukherjee.

Dalmiya's 'audacious' victory had left the state government embarrassed as they had employed their might to see him unseated.

But Dalmiya again proved that he had enough caucus in the maidan and cricketing intrigue to do the unthinkable.

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