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Srinivasan, on Tuesday, received some moral support from some heavyweight political quarter. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference's Farooq Abdullah called the embattled BCCI chief an "honourable man" and was under no pressure to quit because his son-in-law was being investigated for betting in Indian Premier League matches.
In BCCI politics, it's all about mathematics and Srinivasan has the numbers to stay in command. With none of the Board bigwigs raising their voice against Srinivasan, the BCCI boss is safe. If Srinivasan has to be booted out, the BCCI constitution stipulates that a notice signed by at least 10 members has to be given to the board secretary (Sanjay Jagdale), who will then convene an emergent general meeting. Srinivasan can be sacked if two-thirds of the members present vote for his removal by secret ballot.
A common refrain at the BCCI is "harmony and unity." This was the mood (Hyperlink story where Srini was cool) at the dinner hosted by former BCCI boss Jagmohan Dalmiya on the eve of the IPL final at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. One aspect that makes BCCI such a powerful body is the fact that it's a who's who of Indian politics. Cutting across political likes, BCCI has two BJP honchos - Arun Jaitley, Narendra Modi -- as members. C.P Joshi, Rajeev Shukla and Jyotiraditya Scindia (all Congress) and Abdullah (National Conference) complete the 'line-up.'
But there will always be a few who will speak up. Several known faces have expressed their reservations about how BCCI has handled the entire scenario of spot-fixing since it came out in the open on May 16. They have even commented on why the BCCI chief has no right to stay in office. However, only a few amongst them have said so "on record".
Former India cricketer and BJP MLA Kirti Azad said on Tuesday that nobody has the courage to take on Srinivasan. "The BCCI has become Gandhiji's three monkeys - see no evil, say no evil and hear no evil. They are hand in gloves. Nobody wants to fight with Srinivasan because they want to be the next president and if they protest against him now, they will lose his votes," he said. According to BCCI convention, Azad's party colleague, Jaitley, is in pole position to be the next Board president and an announcement (president-elect) can come as early as September 2013! (Watch Video)
The bottomline is, therefore, clear!