Union minister Rajeev Shukla in the city on Saturday.
Picture by Santosh Ghosh
Calcutta: There has been no word from Narayanswamy Srinivasan, but it’s understood that he will land in the city on Sunday morning.
Srinivasan, who remains the elected president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was earlier supposed to arrive on Saturday.
An emergent meeting of the BCCI’s working committee is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
It couldn’t be confirmed, but a well-placed source told The Telegraph that Srinivasan would actually attend the meeting as president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.
If the ‘cookie’ does crumble that way, then interim president Jagmohan Dalmiya will chair the meeting.
Dalmiya, once the most powerful globally, has been the BCCI’s interim president almost continuously from June 2.
“There’s a move to keep Dalmiya in his position till the AGM, which is normally held by September 30. The meeting, however, would authorise Srinivasan to discharge the statutory functions of an elected president,” the well-placed source said.
That, one learns, will be in the form of a resolution.
It’s all very unusual, but an ad-hoc structure has been in place in the BCCI after Srinivasan stepped aside as the president, for the second time, on August 2.
Clearly, much has been happening behind the scenes over the past 24 hours or so. Yet, on record, the BCCI officials have been feigning ignorance.
By not chairing the meeting, Srinivasan would silence those within the BCCI who’ve been whispering that he should continue to stay away, particularly after the Supreme Court issued a notice “by name.”
Srinivasan loyalists are, of course, quick to point out that no court has barred him from continuing as the BCCI president.
That’s correct. The public perception, though, is rather different.
If son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan initially gave Srinivasan sleepless nights, the Cricket Association of Bihar, which isn’t even recognised by the BCCI, is giving him a headache now.
While everything points to Srinivasan landing in Calcutta, the BCCI’s senior-most vice-president, Arun Jaitley, won’t be coming.
“There’s too much happening politically (in New Delhi), so I won’t be able to travel. I could participate in the meeting via a video conference,” Jaitley informed this Reporter late on Saturday.
Regarded as a bahut bada player within the BCCI, Jaitley is the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
Union minister and IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, by the way, arrived around midnight. He’s no chota player, either.
One assumes both politicians have done their bit in working out the Dalmiya-Srinivasan arrangement.
An emergent working committee meeting should have a limited agenda, but the one hours away will have plenty, including the accounts for 2012-13, to discuss.
“Time is at a premium, as the AGM is usually called by September 30... The accounts have to be passed in Calcutta,” another well-placed source pointed out.