Journalist Rajat Sharma is new DDCA president


Senior journalist Rajat Sharma on Monday beat World Cup winning Indian cricketer Madan Lal by 517 votes to become the new president of Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA).
The results of the DDCA polls were announced on July 2 and Mr. Sharma’s group swept the elections winning all 12 seats. While Mr. Sharma got a total of 1,531 votes, former Test cricketer Mr. Lal could only poll 1,004 votes. The third candidate in the fray, advocate Vikas Singh, got 232 votes. It was a major setback for BCCI acting president C.K. Khanna, whose wife Shashi lost the vice-presidential battle against Rakesh Bansal, younger brother of former DDCA president Sneh Bansal. Mr. Rakesh beat Ms. Shashi by 278 votes — Bansal junior secured 1,364 votes against Ms. Shashi 1,086 votes.
The defeat might prove to be the end of the road for Mr. Khanna in DDCA, where he enjoyed supreme power for nearly three decades. Mr. Sharma and his panel’s candidature was backed by a political heavyweight from the ruling party with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra throwing in all his might. Mr. Batra incidentally is a former DDCA treasurer.
“The moment Sharma got blessings from a senior Cabinet Minister, there was no chance in hell for any other candidate to win this election. What was not expected was a clean panel sweep. It will be good that Sharma will get a free hand to run the body. This also means that C.K. Khanna’s reign in DDCA ends, unless he strikes some deal with Sharma,” a senior DDCA official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. Mr. Sharma was always considered as the favourite to win against Mr. Lal, who was backed by Mr. Khanna and former India opener Chetan Chauhan’s group.
With the DDCA being the first among equals to go into elections after the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee suggested path-breaking structural reforms, the polling also witnessed abolition of proxy system with nearly 3,000 voters turning up to cast their vote.


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