The road for Jagmohan Dalmiya was cleared after Sharad Pawar failed to get a proposer from east zone, prompting the NCP chief to pull out of the race for BCCI top post
Jagmohan Dalmiya was on Monday unanimously elected President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). However the N Srinivasan camp suffered a huge setback with their rival faction’s Anurag Thakur beating Sanjay Patel for the post of Secretary at the board’s Annual General Meeting in Chennai. Dalmiya is returning as BCCI president after a 10-year gap replacing Srinivasan.
Barring Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association chief Thakur’s surprise win, ruling camp loyalists swept the elections for the other posts at the much-postponed annual general meeting (AGM), where Srinivasan himself could not contest for the President’s post owing to a Supreme Court directive.
Jharkhand Cricket Association’s Amitabha Chodhary was elected the Joint Secretary beating Goa’s Chetan Desai, belonging to the anti-Srinivasan faction, while Haryana’s Anirudh Choudhary won the treasurer’s position by defeating Rajiv Shukla.
While three Vice-Presidents were elected unopposed, the two other positions also went to the Srinivasan faction with TC Mathews (Kerala, west zone) and CK Khanna (Delhi, central zone) winning the polls. Khanna defeated the influential Jyotiraditya Scindia, while Mathews edged past Ravi Sawant.
The three, who were elected unopposed are Andhra’s Gokaraju Gangaraju (south zone), Assam’s Goutam Roy (east), with ML Nehru of Jammu and Kashmir, representing the north zone.
The road for Dalmiya was cleared after Pawar failed to get a proposer from east zone, prompting the Maratha strongman to pull out of the race.
BJP leader Thakur, it is learnt, won by just one vote over Srinivasan loyalist Patel, a scenario unlikely to have emerged had there not been cross-voting during the election process.
However, the fact that other anti-Srinivasan camp candidates lost the elections proved that cross-voting took place only for Thakur.
In the 2005 BCCI board elections, Dalmiya’s candidate Ranbir Singh Mahendra was ousted by Sharad Pawar, then a union minister, as the head cricket official of India. Late the following year, Dalmiya was expelled from BCCI for alleged misappropriation of funds and refusing to provide certain documents.
However, in May 2007, when he challenged the decision in the Bombay High Court and then the Supreme Court of India he was exonerated as the BCCI was unable to prove their charge of financial irregularities against him.
In July 2007, the Calcutta High Court dismissed charges against Dalmiya, and allowed him to contest for the presidency of the Cricket Association of Bengal, which he subsequently won.
In June 2013, Dalmiya was appointed as the interim president of the BCCI after Srinivasan stepped aside till the probe on Srinivasan's son-in-law's alleged involvement in spot-fixing in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) was completed. Srinivasan resumed the presidency in October 2013.