The name Jagmohan Dalmiya usually sends chills down people’s spines. Over the last decade or so, this name maintained a low-key reputation.
However, he is back, as Monday witnessed his rise in cricket again. Jagmohan Dalmiya, who is a veteran official, was elected head of BCCI, in the process replacing the notorious N. Srinivasan.
Since 2013, the Indian industrialist has been facing charges of corruption. The Supreme Court had to intervene asking the BCCI if it was ready to conduct fresh elections for a new board that would exclude Srinivasan.
Dalmiya’s win means this is his second term as the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India. He also currently holds the president’s position with Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and National Cricket Club (NCC).
The polls were contested not only for the President’s position but also for other designations. Though Dalmiya unanimously won his contest, other contesting members had to fight for their respective wins.
From the Pawar group, it was Anurag Thakur who contested for the Secretary’s post. He managed defeating Sanjay Patel by one vote, thanks to one of the votes being declared as invalid. The final outcome was a 15-14 victory in favour of Thakur.
Amitabh Chaudhary was one of the men contesting for Joint-secretary’s position. Favoured by the Srinivasan Camp, Chaudhary edged out Chetan Desai in a poll that led to a tie. Because of the tie, the interim president Shivlal Yadav was forced to exercise his casting vote.
Rajiv Shukla lost his treasurer’s post to Anirudh Chaudhary after being defeated 16-13. This, however, was not the biggest defeat of the session; it came with Jyotiraditya Scindia’s defeat to CK Khanna of the DDCA.
After the election, Thakur spoke to the media, “All of us are keen to work together in the interest of the BCCI and to restore the faith of people in the game of cricket.”
The freshly elected staff will be in power till September 2017.