Chennai, June 2 (ANI): He might have stepped aside but BCCI President N. Srinivasan remained a bellicose man after the meet of the working committee meeting, insisting that not a single member asked him to resign during the "smooth" discussion here today.
"After discussions, I announced I will not discharge my duty till the probe is completed. In the meanwhile, because the Board has to function, the Board asked Mr (Jagmohan) Dalmiya to take care of the things," said an unruffled Srinivasan after the meeting.
When asked if any member of the Board asked him to step down, Srinivasan said, "No, nobody."
Earlier today, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said its incumbent president N. Srinivasan has agreed to step aside for a month until the probe of the spot fixing incident in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the investigation of the alleged betting role played by his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is completed.
The BCCI said that in Srinivasan's place, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya would officiate as the cricket board's interim working president, and look after the day-to-day activities of the board.
In an official statement released by the BCCI, Joint Secretary Anurag Thakur said: "Mr. N. Srinivasan announced that he will not discharge his duties as the President of the Board till such time that the probe is completed. Till such time, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya will conduct the day-to-day affairs of the Board. The Committee expressed full confidence in Mr. Sanjay Jagdale and Mr. Ajay Shirke and requested them to withdraw their resignations in the larger interest of the Board."
Reacting to the development, Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) president I. S. Bindra said he would go to court in protest over the outcome and results of the emergency working committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Accusing BCCI vice president Arun Jaitley of wrongdoing, he said: "Most of the suggestions came from Mr. Jaitley, including the appointment of Mr. (Jagmohan) Dalmiya."
He said the BCCI's decision to allow incumbent president N. Srinivasan to step aside and not resign from his post, and allow Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya to take charge of the Indian cricket board's day-to-day affairs as interim working president for a month, amounted to taking the cricket loving public of India for a ride.
"Srinivasan is not resigning. He is just stepping aside for one month. This is taking the public for a ride. We needed something more than this. I suggested, let him step aside until September, but he said he is not going to resign," said Bindra.
Former BCCI honorary secretary Jaywant Lele said that he was very disappointed with the outcome of the BCCI emergency working committee meeting held at a hotel in Chennai on Sunday afternoon.
"I am very disappointed. If Srinivasan has not resigned, how has Dalmiya taken over his position? I respect Dalmiya. This decision is totally unconstitutional. Whatever is happening,is totally wrong. Srinivasan should have resigned gracefully. He does not deserve to be the president of the BCCI," said Lele in Vadodara.
Naresh Aggarwal said in New Delhi that Srinivasan should have taken the same decision as IPL Commissioner and Governing Council Chairman Rajeev Shukla and resigned. He accused the senior functionaries of the BCCI of being hand-in-glove for power and pecuniary benefits now and in the immediate future.
"When Rajeev Shukla resigned, Srinivasan should have followed him and resigned. It seems everyone is involved in this. Why is the Central Government being so weak in taking over the BCCI? Why are they not taking over the BCCI? The government has always taken over whatever they wanted, then, why not the BCCI. They should have immediately taken over the BCCI and got the investigations done," he said.
"It seems that for the first time, the media has been unsuccessful in their mission. All the ministers involved with cricket are not ready to speak," he added.
D.V, Subbarao, the president of the Andhra Pradesh Cricket Association, said that whatever had happened at the Chennai meeting was along expected lines, and added that no one could force N.Srinivasan to resign from the post of BCCI president.
"The way things have happened, it is obvious that such results are happening. If Mr. Srinivasan is not resigning, then, no one can force him to," Subbarao said in Visakhapatnam.
He also described Jagmohan Dalmiya as a good administrator.
"Dalmiya has brought in a lot of good measures. Dalmiya is an adequate sports administrator," Subbarao said, but added that not too long ago, Srinivasan had backstabbed Dalmiya, and ensured his exit as BCCI president.
Just resigned BCCI honorary secretary Sanjay Jagdale said there was no question of him taking back his resignation.
"I have not taken my resignation back. I don't want to comment on anything. I won't take my resignation back. There was no pressure on me
If I have resigned why will I go back? Everyone requested me to take it back, but I can't work now," he said in Indore. (ANI)