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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Shiva Shiva!

LP Sahi reports, oh horrors, that bribes were offered, and possibly accepted, as prelude to the AGM.
Like it hasn't happened before?
“We have no doubt that money changed hands and there was even talk of tipping off the Enforcement people to raid a particular room. Eventually, we decided against it as the entire BCCI would have been hurt,” a well-placed source told The Telegraph.

I wish the well placed source would answer one question: What else, what other examples of malfeasance, instances of criminality, in the BCCI's recent history, has it covered up because 'the entire BCCI would have been hurt'?
For the first time, I am beginning to get the feeling that the Dalmiya group is hurting -- the clue coming from the tone of this particular source's comments. Interesting, to me, that 'industrialists being brought in' is an issue -- the practice actually started in 1997, during the board elections of September that year when the Dalmiya-Dungarpur group (oh yes, they were together, then) roped in P Chidambaram, no less, to send a not so subtle message to those intending to vote against them. Actually, that point was elaborated on by DDCA secretary Sunil Dev in an interview I did with him not long after. Rather ironically, Nalini Chidambaram, last year, was the lawyer for Netaji Sports Club, the TNCA affiliate who filed in Madras High Court challenging the validity of the September 2004 election that saw Mahindra become BCCI president.
See a pattern here? Invariably, the BCCI gives affidavits in court it has no intention of honoring -- and one of these days, when someone files a PIL and pursues it (as opposed to 'compromising', as was done in this instance), the honchos are going to end up on the wrong side of a contempt of court situation.
Notice, also, how many cases center around Jaggu Dalmiya's wish to remain a power, even when not holding an official position? Here's another one; and this related one.
Oh, and the supreme irony? On each occasion, the lawyer who stymied Dalmiya was none other than Nalini C -- whose role in ensuring the election of the Dalmiya-backed Dungarpur was the subject of the Sunil Dev interview linked to above.


  • Prem... you could probably put all this in a book with ficticious characters and end up with a bestseller....
    All this makes me throw up!!!

    It is hard for us to expect a professional show by our team when the ruling body acts like this.

    By Blogger Kannan, at 19:10  

  • :-) Boss, I've been throwing up these scary stories since 1997. And till date, not one fan has been turned off to the point of not watching the game, as far as I know.
    Proves that we, as a whole, are perennial optimists -- the bad is put out of mind as soon as we can, and we turn to a tomorrow to bring us some good.
    Not knocking it, mind -- there really is no other way to be. You can't brood on all the c*** that goes on -- in the BCCI, or in politics in general -- as that Shakespeare chappie said, "That way madness lies!"

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 19:19  

  • Prem...nice caption...Shiva Shiva..still laughing....*L*

    LP is a mouthpiece to JD group. They bribed other members...and print them in advance so that media and masses won;t scrutnize JD co.

    Write a book...u will be all set.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 19:24  

  • prem, any info on why the chidambarams were on dalmiya's side in 1997, and later seem to have switched?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 19:26  

  • roublen: Nope. Is one of the many curiosities that the BCCI story abounds with. I'll stay away from the bar-room gossip, don't have any hard information.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 19:58  

  • All this clearly points to the JD group being in trouble. Looks like Sharad Powar will be the new BCCI President. This will not be good for Ganguly.

    By Blogger DesiChap, at 20:42  

  • ugh.

    What a depressing mess. At this point, does it matter who wins? It'll be the same old same old all the way through. Small men acting smaller. Is there a statesman among the lot?

    But then, how is this for a silver lining? On a slightly different level of cesspool, ICC shenanigans rather than BCCI -- one thing I've noticed that's been surprisingly constant throughout is how consistently the India/Pak/SL boards seem to hang together. This is a good thing, of course, because otherwise they would assuredly all hang separately. On the face of it, this is surprising, because this goes contrary to what I believe the man on the street feels. Let me explain: when England tours Pakistan this winter, how many Indians will be pulling for Pak? _I_ will be, but I think I am in a very small minority. One would expect that same feeling to also colour the Board members' perceptions and policies. But it doesn't seem to. So in fact are they doing the rational thing when (possibly) their gut is wrenching them in a different direction? What do you think, Prem?

    By Blogger idlivada, at 22:59  

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