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Bedi to contest against Jaitley

New Delhi: Unhappy with the way cricket is being run in New Delhi, a group of former cricketers, led by spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi, have decided to take part in the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) elections, to be held on December 30.

Bedi, who once was the DDCA sports secretary in the 80s, said he would contest for the post of president against the present incumbent and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley. He alleged the group in power in DDCA was trying their best to scuttle his candidature.

“Yes, I have decided to throw my hat in the ring and contest against Mr Jaitley,” Bedi confirmed on Monday. “I could no longer sit and watch the planned murder of the game in the capital,” the former India captain told The Telegraph.

“They have already announced elections and as a member, I am entitled to get a notice. They have not sent me one yet. You never know, they may have removed my name. That’s the clandestine manner in which they operate,” Bedi said.

Other cricketers who would fight the polls as part of Bedi’s team are Rajinder Pal, Akash Lal, Madan Lal, Surinder Khanna, Maninder Singh and Gursharan Singh..

Another former India player, Kirti Azad, alleged DDCA was trying its best to stop Bedi from contesting. “We have not been given a copy of the members list, as defined under Section 150 and 151, and this late sending of final accounts/ proxy forms, will make this election just as farcical as the earlier ones,” he said.

Bedi said he was extremely disappointed with the present group of officials and the way they are administering the game in Delhi. “Even now, I have nothing against Mr Jaitley… But the way his people are running the DDCA, he cannot escape responsibility. ” Bedi said.

Bedi also issued a statement saying: “Despite our repeatedly cautioning the management the DDCA management showed no interest in heeding to our suggestions. After the Govt of India set up a probe under Sec 209 A, a lot of muck has been unravelled.

“From unsatisfactory Final Accounts, unauthorised withdrawal of money by members, malgovernance, malfeasance, lack of tendering for even non-routine items, sub leasing of boxes, illegal construction - all the charges made by members have been confirmed by SFIO (Serious Frauds and Investigations Office) in their report.”