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Opposition looks to gain numbers

The BCCI boardroom politics and power struggle is gaining intensity by the day. A lot of members, it has been learnt, don’t share Pawar’s intensity and are not really desperate to get rid of Srinivasan.

india Updated: May 31, 2013 01:49 IST
Khurram Habib

The BCCI boardroom politics and power struggle is gaining intensity by the day.

On Thursday, T20 Leagie chairman Rajiv Shukla told HT, “We've started to build momentum since yesterday. We’ll get to know the correct position in a day or two,” when asked if a campaign has begun to gather numbers to oust BCCI president N Srinivasan and whether there are enough people on board.

By rule, at least 10 members are needed to call a special general body meeting with a single objective to remove the president. That done, a three-fourth majority is sought from the 30 BCCI members to remove him. The president has a casting vote.

By Shukla’s admission, a lobby is emerging against Srinivasan.

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“A tussle is beginning to take place. The key people are the association heads and regional satraps. Hence, you’ll see comments emerging and then dying out,” said a BCCI official.

Not Fazed

Despite the media frenzy, the overriding feeling is that the numbers are too few to challenge Srinivasan.

“It is difficult to oust him. The Board rules are such. Even if they convene a meeting, he needs just eight votes (1/4th of the mandate) from 30 (or 31 if you include his vote) to stay on, which he should do easily. As of now, the Board has been split into groups.

“It is murky, because, in certain cases, it is working like an enemy’s enemy is a friend. That is working in Srinivasan's favour. In fact, it is the opposition camp, that’s struggling to gather members to remove him,” said the official.

Shukla was at the Bihar by-elections on Thursday and not here attending to this matter.

But the feeling is that the spadework will at least ensure they have a powerful rival candidate when the Board elections come in September.

A lot of members, it has been learnt, don’t share Pawar’s intensity and are not really desperate to get rid of Srinivasan.

For example, union minister, CP Joshi, president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association. While his deputy Bimal Soni has criticised the way the issue has been mishandled — ‘the BCCI didn’t convene a working committee meeting and let it slip into public space,’ he has been saying all along — Joshi has remained silent on even this, leave alone seeking Srinivasan’s removal.

“Same is the case with many other association heads,” said the official.