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Dissidents question CAB EGM

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Kolkata, June 29 (UNI) With barely 72 hours left for the emergent general body meeting of the CAB, the dissident group has started making clamours calling it ''unconstitutional and directed for personal gains''.

In an unprecedented move, a few weeks ago, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, through his emissary Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty, had asked incumbent president Jagmohan Dalmiya not to contest the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) polls.

Following this, Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya called an emergent general body meeting to decide whether he would stand or not.

However, this meeting has now been questioned by dissident leader Samar Pal.

Talking to UNI Mr Pal said, ''The meeting had been called to mobilise personal gains. This is a personal matter of Mr Dalmiya whether he would fight the polls or not. Why should the members be involved in it?'' ''This is not constitutional. Its just a ploy by Mr Dalmiya to get more support or have a feel of where he stands,'' he added.

However, sources close to Mr Dalmiya told UNI that there was nothing extraordinary to be seen in this meeting. ''Chief Minister has done an unprecedented thing and it is the duty of Mr Dalmiya as the president of CAB to apprise the members of the situation. The meeting has been called for that raeson. Now if the members wants to discuss the pros and cons of the topic in the meeting that is up to him,'' a source close to Mr Dalmiya said.

''Mr Dalmiya's duty is to inform the members and he will do exactly that,'' he added.

The CAB polls have taken a signigficant turn ever since the ministers of the Left Front got involved in the polls. Finally it was decided in a meeting of the Left Front that Mr Bhattacharjee and Mr Chakraborty would deal with the CAB polls.

The polls also took a new twist as the Kolkata Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee announced his candidature as the challenger for Mr Dalmiya's post. A host of former Bengal cricketers have joined the ranks of the challengers, including Snehasish Ganguly, elder brother of Sourav Ganguly. They also claimed support of Sourav Ganguly, but the promised faxed letter from the former Indian capitain is yet to come.

The EGM is scheduled for July 2.

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