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Arun Jaitley opts out, totally

New Delhi: Arun Jaitley’s responsibility as a BJP stalwart and as the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha is perhaps restricting his career in cricket administration.

Jaitley, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) president, had earlier decided not to contest for the association’s top post this time. On Tuesday, he withdrew his nomination for the executive member’s post as well.

It is important to note that about three months back, Jaitley had also chosen to end his innings as the long-serving vice-president from North. He had instead nominated SP Bansal to take his place.

So after Tuesday’s pullout, it can be said that Jaitley has now completely opted out of playing an active part in DDCA’s administration.

Tuesday was the last date for the withdrawals for the DDCA elections, which is to be held on Monday.

The polls this year has turned into a high-profile contest after former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi raised his voice against Jaitley’s “misrule” in the association and announced his candidature for the president’s post.

As Jaitley is not contesting the post — he did not even file his nomination — it will be a Bansal versus Bedi fight for the DDCA president’s chair.

While Jaitley’s decision to file the nomination for an executive member had come under sharp criticism from the Bedi camp, his withdrawal too has been seen as an attempt to distance himself from the present regime in the DDCA.

The Jaitley group, however, maintained that the senior BJP leader was too busy with his political work and so was not contesting. Jaitley himself has a clean image and therefore he wouldn’t want to be associated with any kind of corruption/controversy.

Incidentally, the Bedi camp has a host of former cricketers like Abbas Ali Baig, Chetan Chauhan, Akash Lal, Madan Lal and Surinder Khanna.