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It's top cop vs Dalmiya in CAB polls

Kolkata police chief is said to have the blessings of the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the CM Budhadeb.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2006 21:30 IST

Kolkata Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee on Sunday announced his decision to fight Jagmohan Dalmiya for president in next month's elections to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), the state's apex cricket body.

"The election dates (mid-July) are not yet announced but I inform you formally that I will be fighting for the post of president," Mukherjee told reporters at the Calcutta Sports Journalists' Club.

"People want a change. There is a feeling that most of the clubs and organisations (affiliates of the CAB) want a change," Mukherjee said, but went on to add, "There is no point in dragging Dalmiya's name in this press conference."

When asked whether the blessings of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya would help him fight a person of Dalmiya's stature, he said, "It will be good if I get the blessings of the Chief Minister but you should ask this question to him. I don't want to comment on the Chief Minister."

"I am most likely to represent the Police Athletics Club though I have a choice because there are two clubs of the police which are affiliated to the CAB," he said.

In recent times efforts to unseat Dalmiya, who is not in the good books of the ruling Left Front but has a stranglehold on the CAB for decades, were made unsuccessfully with another former top policeman of the city, Dinesh Bajpai, biting the dust in the last elections in 2005.

This time, led by Mukherjee, the entire lobby opposed to Dalmiya is active in dethroning the beleaguered former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president.

Mukherjee is said to have the blessings of the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Chief Minister though Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty is a supporter of Dalmiya.

Dalmiya bashers like former cricketers Raja Venkat and Sambaran Banerjee and cricket administrator Samar Pal are supporting Mukherjee.

First Published: Jun 18, 2006 21:30 IST