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For now, moral victory for Bedi

- Jaitley to contest only for executive committee
Bishan Bedi, in New Delhi, on Sunday. A Telegraph picture

New Delhi: Arun Jaitley, the president incumbent of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), did not file his nomination for the post on Sunday, sending out interesting signals.

Jaitley, however, would contest for a place in the executive committee while SP Bansal, widely known for his proximity to the BJP leader, would fight for the post of president against Bishan Singh Bedi.

Bedi had been vigorously campaigning for the past few days against the Jaitley regime’s “misrule”. Sunday was the last day for filing nominations. The DDCA elections will be held on December 30.

Jaitley supporters insisted that he would not run for the top post due to his political commitments. But the Bedi camp claimed a moral victory. “Ever heard of a situation where the president fights for an executive post, leaving the top post to his dummy?” asked a Bedi supporter.

“It’s obvious that Jaitley is feeling uncomfortable, especially after we pointed out the dubious manner in which the association is being run these days,” he added.

Kirti Azad, also a BJP MP and a critic of Jaitley’s way of running the DDCA, said: “We thought Mr Jaitley would fight the elections, but now that he is not contesting, I believe that it is our moral victory... irrespective of the results.”

The Bedi panel is also upset over the appointment of SK Mahajan as the returning officer. Mahajan was a member of the DDCA. He resigned a few days back only to be appointed the returning officer, they alleged.

Bedi’s camp has a host of former cricketers like Abbas Ali Baig, Akash Lal, Madan Lal, Surinder Khanna and Gursharan Singh.

Surinder Khanna and Madan Lal are fighting for the post of general secretary and sports secretary, respectively..