Jagmohan Dalmiya wins CAB election by 5 votes

Published: Monday, July 31, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:In a huge embarrassment to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharyya, incumbent CAB President Jagmohan Dalmiya retained his seat for the 15 consecutive year defeating city's Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee by five votes.

In one of the toughest and acrimonious CAB elections ever fought, Jagmohan Dalmiya polled 61 votes to Mr Mukherjee's 56.

This also means that Dalmiya not only snubbed the powers-that-be in the state to stunning silence but also felled the iconic status of Saurav Ganguly, whose Email had been used as arch weapon by the Opposition camp.

Talking to the press jointly with Mr Mukherjee after the results were declared, Mr Dalmiya said, ''It's a mixed feeling. While it feels happy to win the elections, I am also sad that I had to fight against the Chief Minister's wishes.'' He said, ''But I am very happy that this election was fought in a very friendly manner and in the spirit of the game and hope that Mr Mukherjee and myself will continue to work together for the betterment of Bengal's cricket. In fact, I asked him to come to CAB from the next week only.'' ''I needed this platform to prove a point and fight against the injustice from the BCCI,'' he added.

Sources close to Mr Dalmiya told UNI that, ''It was always expected to be a close contest as Mr B N Dutta played a neutral role. Had he favoured any one party, that side would have got a cake-walk.'' ''They also made a mistake, being overconfident in the district and the University votes. The voters from the districts are too old a bird to eat the Chaff. The presence of two SPs also did not make any differnece,'' the sources said.

The sources further said,''Though Mr Prasun Mukherjee was a strong candidate, his panel was weak and the voters saw through it.''

Meanwhile, Mr Mukherjee said, ''Mr Dalmiya has won this election fair and square. I would have been happy to win it but I have no complaint as elections were fought in the most fair and free manner under the court-appointed observer.'' ''May be I will come back next year with a better result but Mr Dalmiya wants me back from next week only,''he said.

Mr Dalmiya won the elections by five votes, having polled 61 to 56.

While the two Joint Secretaries on Mr Dalmiya's panel, Saradindu Pal and Amitava Banerjee, polled 71 and 60 votes respectively, Opposition candidate Samar Pal got 58 and Raja Venkat got a mere 39 votes.

Mr Dalmiya's candidate for Treasurer Shiv Kumar Kalyani got 66 votes, while Opposition's Tushar Sarkar got 50 votes.

The four Vice-Presidents in Mr Dalmiya's panel, Mr Russi Jeejeebhoy (68 votes), Nimai Dutta (81 votes), Ashit Chatterjee (68 votes) and Suhash Chandra Bose (70 votes) swept the polls for Mr Dalmiya, giving him a thumping win.

The Opposition panel's Utpal Ganguly, Indranath Dey and Subhashis Sarkar secured 44, 50 and 46 votes respectively.

Elections were held on the basis of 117 votes as ABP Sports Club did not come. CAB polls have 121 votes, of which two got cancelled during scrutiny.

The ones that got cancelled are Bata and Rangers. South Sub Urban could not vote because of an injunction in the court on the rightful voter.

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