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Left front split over Dalmiya ahead of CAB election

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Jun 7 (UNI) With the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) elections fast approaching, incumbent President Jagmohan Dalmiya has left the Left Front with a split wide open.

Mr Dalmiya saw Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar snatching the BCCI President's chair from his protege Ranbir Singh Mahendra, beating him in his own power game of polarising loyalties.

Now, Mr Dalmiya's home turf seems threatened by a section of the Left Front government.

State Urban Minister Ashok Bhattacharya came out openly against Mr Dalmiya and in fact held the former BCCI President responsible for Sourav Ganguly's exclusion from Team India.

''In the interest of Bengal cricket, Mr Dalmiya should quit.

Sourav Ganguly is not being allowed into the national team. Nor we have any other player in the national side. Mr Dalmiya cannot shirk his responsibility regarding those issues,'' Mr Bhattacharya said.

And not surprisingly, the rival factions at CAB has fielded Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee to take on Mr Dalmiya.

The dissidents were further emboldened by the presence of Snehashis Ganguly in their camp and some of the former stars of Bengal cricket like Sambaran Banerjee and Raja Venkat.

State Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty, however, begs to differ from his cabinet colleague Mr Bhattacharya and Mr Dalmiya had both the ministers in a verbal duel.

''Mr Dalmiya has done a lot for Bengal cricket,'' Mr chakraborty asserted.

He also seemed unhappy with the Urban Development Minister allotting land for Sourav Ganguly's academy and said celebrities don't approach him for ''I cannot give land worth Rs 60 crore free of cost.'' Mr Bhattacharya, however, claimed that the Videocon Academy and some other sports projects had Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's consent.

He also assured that ownership of the land remained with the Urban Development department and vouched no norms has been violated in the process.

''I love sports and sportspersons love me too. I believe that to do something for sports you need not become a sports minister.

Department of Urban Affairs is also involved in development of sports,'' he said.

Mr Chakraborty reacted stating, '' I don't know what he said but everyone has the freedom to react the way they want too. As far as Mr Dalmiya is concerned I have said what I had to say.'' UNI BA KK AY PM1358

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