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Delhi and District Cricket Association polls see 55 withdrawals

Most of the withdrawing candidates had applied for multiple posts -- going against the one man, one post rule. The DDCA elections, which will be the first to the cricket body since the Lodha panel recommendations were announced, will take place on June 30.

cricket Updated: Jun 02, 2018 10:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Former India all-rounder Madan Lal will be contesting for the post of president during the upcoming Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) elections on June 30.(Karun Sharma/Hindustan Times)

As many as 55 candidates withdrew as the date of nomination closed on Friday with the list of contestants to 12 posts of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) elections getting whittled down to 58. The elections will be the first after Lodha recommendations.

Most of the withdrawing candidates had applied for multiple posts – going against the one man, one post rule.

“In most cases, candidates had applied for multiple posts,” said election officer Rakesh Mehta, a former Delhi Govt secretary. It is strange because everyone was aware of the one man, one post rule which is an integral part of Lodha reforms. Officials say it was because they wanted to play safe and keep options open.

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The scanner, meanwhile, has been on BCCI president CK Khanna’s wife, Shashi, who is standing for the post of vice-president and has also raised eyebrows. Opposition had raised objections under Article 60 (i) (v) (vii)(b) of Articles of Association of DDCA. The clause 60 (i) states that “…cases where family members, partners or close associates are in positions that may or may be seen to compromise an individual’s participation, performance or discharge of roles.”

She also happens to hold the reins of a club, something against many contestants who are either this or owner of academies.

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Most like presidential candidate ex-cricketer Madan Lal, who also is in the same shoes, have already given an undertaking that they’ll quit.

“We couldn’t find anything that stops a BCCI official’s spouse from becoming an office-bearer,” said Mehta. “Regarding the club conflict of interest, she will have to quit as secretary within 15 days of election.”

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If anything, this represents blatant exploitation of loopholes by senior officials like CK Khanna and Sneh Bansal, the former president putting in his brother Rakesh Bansal as vice-president.

There are four candidates for president’s post: Madan Lal, Rajat Sharma, Ravi Gupta and Vikas Singh. Four candidates are contesting for vice-president’s post.

First Published: Jun 02, 2018 10:07 IST