Arun Jaitley visits Jagmohan Dalmiya’s Kolkata residence to offer condolence

Arun Jaitley, Jagmohan Dalmiya, Dalmiya’s Son, Avishek Dalmiya
Arun Jaitley visits Jagmohan Dalmiya's Kolkata residence to offer condolence

Kolkata: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is known as the most powerful person in politics of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Saturday met late BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya’s family and son at their residence here.

Dalmiya passed away in BM Birla Hospital in the city last Sunday due to a massive heart attack.

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Jaitley reached in the city today morning and immediately headed to the Raj Bhawan from where he rushed to Dalmiya’s residence and spent around one and a half hour.

Apart from offering condolence to Dalmiya’s family, he had a private meeting with Dalmiya’s son, who is now going to be named the joint secretary of Cricket Association of Bengal.

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The sources say that this closed door meeting between the two surely suggests that they definitely had talks about the CAB seat. The official position of CAB, currently can only be known if one speaks to the would be Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly, who is likely to control at least three wings — CAB, National Cricket Club (NCC) and Tripura CA.

Currently, Avishek will only work under Sourav and will probably take instructions from the former Indian captain.

Describing this as a courtesy call, Dalmiya’s son Avishek said, “He (Jaitley) was very close to my dad when they worked together. They had some fond memories and whenever possible they exchanged pleasantries. He had come to offer his condolence.”

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In the time of parleys to elect the next BCCI president after the demise of the sitting president Dalmiya who died of a massive cardiac arrest Sunday, Jaitley earlier in the national capital met former president Shashank Manohar, Board secretary Anurag Thakur and former treasurer Ajay Shirke in the wake of news of a possible alliance between ‘old foes’ Sharad Pawar and N Srinivasan gained momentum.

Jaitley and Dalmiya had their last meeting at a city hotel on August 23 which lasted for an hour. Union Finance Minister had come to Kolkata to inaugurate Bandhan Bank.