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Subrata clears the air

Calcutta: Senior state minister Subrata Mukherjee has clarified that he had no hidden agenda when he raised the issue of what he felt was a technical breach on Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya’s part, at its annual general meeting, on Sunday.

Mukherjee felt Dalmiya couldn’t declare himself as president at the AGM and that his name had to be proposed and seconded by its members.

“I was representing Ballygunge United at the AGM and had raised the issue as a member of the club. The government wasn’t involved in any way… I was not acting under any directive. I had no hidden agenda,” Mukherjee said on Tuesday.

He also said that chief minister Mamata Banerjee has not spoken to him on the issue. “She hasn’t interfered in any way.” Mukherjee reiterated his stance. “The choice may be unanimous, but still it’s an election…

“You can’t declare yourself as president on the floor of the house. There are some norms that have to be followed in a parliamentary democracy…

“But Mr Dalmiya has promised to discuss the issue… I hope the CAB officials will consider my views.

“If some people within the CAB are thinking I was out to point out flaws in the system, they’re wrong. I wasn’t out to destroy or disturb any set-up. I don’t have a candidate to back… Will think about such situations when I’ve a candidate.”

Mukherjee, incidentally, will also be part of the newly-formed CAB working committee.

CAB had tried to justify the move by saying that they were guided by the West Bengal Societies Registration Act and the president was empowered to act accordingly. But Mukherjee didn’t want to read much into it.

“I know the Act very well… Whatever is registered by the body/association is followed... It has no legal binding.”

Mukherjee also felt the need to have a representative from the parent body during elections of its members.

“The BCCI should have a representative at elections of all its member associations. I don’t know why this doesn’t happen.

“During elections of the state kabaddi association, we had a former chief justice, and representatives of the all-India body and the Bengal Olympic Association,” Mukherjee, who’s the president of the West Bengal Kabaddi Association, said.