Raj Singh to stand for CCI president's post once again

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Mumbai, Nov 13 (UNI) Former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Raj Singh Dungarpur, against whom a series of charges - including financial impropriety - have been levelled by the present Cricket Club of India (CCI) management, is to seek re-election of the club as its president for the 15th straight year.

''I am going to contest the elections and am confident of being elected as president of the CCI for the 15th straight year,'' announced Dungarpur at a media conference here today.

Dungarpur's decision to contest the presidential elections of the prestigious South Mumbai-based club, an affiliate of the BCCI, has come barely three months after he relinquished his office in the face of allegations which he declared today as 'frivolous'.

''I have committed lots of sins. Among these were offering honorary life membership to an unknown like (Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh and (former) British Prime Minister John Major,'' said Dungarpur in jest about the charges levelled at him.

Nirmal Suchanti and Badal Mittal, the club members who are in the forefront to persuade Dungarpur to contest again, said the move of the present club management to order a probe into the functioning of the club in the past was dictated only because Dungarpur had decided to contest for the presidentship again.

''They have postponed the elections twice and tomorrow the Executive Committee is meeting to fix the date for the AGM as well to decide on the disciplinary committee's recommendations to suspend us (Suchanti and Mittal) for questioning the authority of the Executive Committee for the last four months,'' Suchanti said.

Asked on the disciplinary committee's move to suspend the two members, Dungarpur said ''this looks like we are school children, who need to be disciplined. I do not understand that a club of the stature of CCI can take a disciplinary action if you criticise its management.'' Dungarpur added that if he was elected as the President again, he would see to it that the club becomes member-friendly again.


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