Chakraborty unsettles CAB polls equation

Published: Monday, January 15, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The CAB polls looks like an egde-of-the-seat thriller, where the power balance once again changed hands with the apparent entry of West Bengal Sports Minister Subash Chakraborty as a contestant of the president's post.

City Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee was already in the fray and looked to be the hot favourite with the ruling faction not being able to name a candidate after Viswanath Dutto refused to contest the polls.

In the last CAB elections on July 29, 2006, Jagmohan Dalmiya defeated Prasun Mukherjee, who was backed by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee by five votes to retain his strangle hold over the state association.

Seven months down the line after being coaxed and nudged out by his peers and pressure groups at CAB for his constant legal wrangle with the BCCI, the willy Marwari played a master stroke by throwing in Mr Chakraborty as a candidate for the ruling faction albeit from behind the curtains.

Talking to UNI Mr dalmiya showing his ignorance on the matter said, '' Even I came to know about it from the papers. I was too busy with my business and court cases. I have no knowlegde of it.''

Asked if he would like to comment on the matter he said, '' I dont think I will.'' Meanwhile, Mr Chakraborty, who is out of the city now, has reportedly said he was willing to contest the CAB polls and was waiting for a clearance from his party.

Mr Chakraborty's appearance in the CAB polls had several effects as it severly undermines Prasun Mukherjee's advantage going into the polls and secondly if Mr Chakraborty stands with a 'go-ahead' of his party, it is only obvious that the Chief Minister's backing of Mr Mukherjee falls flat on its face.

Mr Bhattacharjee had put up Mr Mukherjee as the counter to end 'the reign of evil' in the CAB, that is to finish the era of Jagmohan Dalmiya. When Mr Mukherjee for the second time expressed his desire to contest the CAB polls on Dec 31, 2006 with the blessings of the chief minister, both were unaware of the fact that Mr Chakraborty would be contesting the polls.

However, the opposition put up a brave front when the leader of the opposition group, an Aryan's club secretary Samar Pal told UNI, ''We have the numbers, we are going ahead as planned. Mr Mukherjee is our candidate and he remains so.''

"I have no comments to make about Mr Chakraborty's apparent contesting the polls. As far as I am concerned I am contesting the polls and have got all the neccesssary clearance,'' he added.

The date of the special general body meeting has been fixed on February 1. Mr Chakraborty's contesting the polls also queers the pitch for the so called third front, a breakaway group of Mr Dalmiya.

One of the members of the front said the situation was becoming confusing and difficult to understand.


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