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Bishan is stumped

New Delhi: Proxy votes once again played a decisive role in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) elections on Monday, as Sneh Prakash Bansal and his group recorded a massive victory over the Bishan Singh Bedi camp.

Bansal, a local businessman, was elected president, thrashing Bedi. Bansal polled 3433 votes, while Bedi received 285.

The result did not come as a surprise as the Bansal group, backed by outgoing president Arun Jaitley, had submitted 3400 proxy votes with the returning officer as early as 10 am.

Interestingly, out of the 4300 votes, only 54 were cast in person. Of those, Bedi got 34 while Bansal received 19. “It was a farce in the name of elections,” said Bedi, who, along with some other former cricketers, sat in a dharna outside the Kotla, after the annual general meeting.

“I raised my voice against corruption and nepotism in the DDCA... I am not shocked by the defeat. I knew they had the proxy votes that would cover up for all their misdeeds… But we are going to continue our battle,” Bedi said.

Bansal said he saw nothing wrong in collecting proxy votes. “The DDCA is run as per company law and it permits proxy votes.”

Bedi was not the only one to be crushed by proxy power. All those who attached themselves with Bedi, including some top former players, fell by the wayside. Abbas Ali Baig (169), Akash Lal (219), Madan Lal (172), Surender Khanna (169) and Gursharan Singh (163) all failed to garner more than 250 votes each. All 16 members in the Bansal panel polled more than 3400 votes each.

“We had no chance against their machinery of collecting proxy votes,” said Kirti Azad, a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team. “We could now move court to abolish the proxy system in DDCA.”