Bansal brushes Bedi aside in DDCA elections

DDCADistrict Cricket Association (DDCA) outgoing president Arun Jaitely with newly elected president S P Bansal (C), cricketer Virender Sehwag and other members at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Monday. PTI

Allegations and counter-allegations were levelled, the Annual General Body Meeting was contentious, there was a dharna to protest the system of proxy voting and when counting was completed to elect eight office bearers and executive committee members of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), the panel led by former India skipper Bishen Singh Bedi had to concede defeat.

Bedi had thrown his hat into the ring earlier this month in an attempt to give the DDCA a Test-cricketer president but only 285 votes were cast in his favour while Sneh Prakash Bansal got the lion's share with 3,433. Former India medium-pacer Madan Lal too finished a distant second (172) to Sunil Dev (3,430) as the fight for the sports secretary's post was a one-sided contest. Former wicket-keeper batsman Surinder Khanna was defeated by Anil Khanna by a margin of 3,345 votes. The results that went against the Bedi-led panel meant that Bansal and Co, which has the backing of outgoing president and BJP leader Arun Jaitley has retained its hold over the DDCA.

The day started with the Annual General Body Meeting that was chaired by Jaitley but it was not an easy affair for those in power as questions were raised about the alleged financial irregularities in the DDCA, the proxy-voting system.

To move court

"It was clear that neither the president nor the treasurer were interested in seriously answering questions. It has become a practice over the years to collect proxies and win farcical elections. Today, despite our exhorting the president several times to move a resolution to abolish proxy votes, he refused to do so. Left with no option we intend to move the courts and seek the winding up of the DDCA," Bedi said.

However, Bansal said that there was nothing illegal about the proxy-voting system. "The proxy vote system is allowed in Companies Act. We are not doing anything illegal. There was an election and we have got the mandate", Bansal said.

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