TNCA elections: Srinivasan refutes Muthiah's charges

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Chennai, Jun 18 (UNI) The polemics on the eve of election of office bearers to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) during the Annual General Body meeting here on June 29 intensified today, with the incumbent President N Srinivasan strongly refuting the charges of coercion and bribery against him, made by former President A C Muthiah.

Mr Muthiah, head of the SPIC group of companies and also the former BCCI President, had yesterday announced that he would be contesting the elections to become the President again after a gap of six years.

''On the contrary, it is Mr Muthiah and his 'team' which is offering 'goodies' and even jobs in their companies to lure the member clubs to vote in their favour,'' Mr Srinivasan alleged at a press conference here this evening.

Mr Srinivasan, heading the India Cements group, said it was unfortunate that a patriarch of the Association of Mr Muthiah's stature was ''stooping to such low levels'', alleging that his team was making veiled threats of physical harm.

''His charges are baseless,'' he claimed, adding that in the past TNCA elections had been ''hotter'', especially when he first contested for the post of President against late Ashok Kumbhat.

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