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Bedi group vows to end proxy votes

Bishan Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Three days before the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) elections, the group led by former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi promised there would be no more proxy votes.

The DDCA elections turned into a high-profile one after Bedi decided to throw his hat in the ring, and contest for the post of president, saying it was time to raise his voice against the “corruption, gross financial irregularities and blatant nepotism” in the capital’s cricket body.

While the Bedi-led group mainly trained their guns on present DDCA president Arun Jaitley, the senior BJP leader decided not to seek re-election and allowed his close aide, SP Bansal, to battle for the top post against the legendary left arm spinner.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, Bedi, who is fighting the elections along with a group of former cricketers including Abbas Ali Baig, Akash Lal, Madan Lal, Surinder Khanna and Kirti Azad, said proxy votes were the “root of all ills” in DDCA.

“If you look from the perspective of corruption, how long will we tolerate what it going on in the DDCA? Is this the kind of atmosphere you want at a renowned Test centre in the country?

“Why are we contesting elections that we could lose in a proxy driven contest? Are we escapists? Win or lose, we must fight. Cricket certainly deserves better,” Bedi said.

Sources said it would not be easy for the Bedi group to overthrow the present regime, who controls majority of the 4300 votes in the DDCA through proxy.

“If our calculations are right, then the Jaitley-Bansal group already has more than 300 proxies in their pocket,” claimed a veteran insider in the DDCA.

Bedi, however, made it clear that his aim was to cleanse the DDCA in a manner similar to the one used by the Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal in the political front.

“I had met Arvindji a few days back and explained our position to him,” Bedi said.