BCCI president N Srinivasan, who ‘stepped aside’ after his son-in-law’s alleged involvement in betting in the Indian Premier League, is leaving no stone unturned to return to power.
While Jagmohan Dalmiya might be in interim role as the board president, but it’s no secret that Srinivasan is calling the shots ahead of the all-important Annual General Meeting scheduled for September 29 in Chennai.
After chairing the disciplinary committee meeting few days ago, Srinivasan on Thursday presided over the marketing committee meeting in Mumbai in the absence of committee head Farooq Abdullah who was busy with his political commitments.
As he emerged out of the meeting, Srinivasan announced that he would seek re-election as the president for one more year at the AGM. “There is nothing against me. I have not been implicated in any case. In fact, I had voluntarily stepped down when the scandal broke out. So why should I stay away from the election,” he said.
Srinivasan’s may not have full support from the south associations, whose turn it is to propose a president. In a recent meeting convened by Srinivasan, Goa and Andhra Pradesh associations stayed away, and if the two continue to oppose his comeback then things could get interesting.
He will require 16 votes out of 31, including his own. If Tamil Nadu manages to get either Andhra or Goa’s support, then it is likely that Srinivasan could get elected unopposed. Two south units need to back a candidate — one to propose and the other to second it — to have an election.
“We don’t know about Goa but Andhra will most likely back him and we are expecting an official announcement soon. Kerala and Karnataka have assured full support for us,” a source in Srinivasan camp added.
On the other hand, Manohar, who is known to have clean image in the board, wants to have a clear picture before he decides to take plunge. A source close to Manohar said that the former president will jump in to fray only if he gets assurance of support from two south associations.
At the moment, the money is on Srinivasan to reclaim his post. But in BCCI, where loyalties are known to change on the floor of the house, a lot could change between now and September 29.