Wadiyar, Patel romp home in KSCA elections

Wadiyar, Patel romp home in KSCA elections

A group led by Brijesh Patel and Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar swept to power with a thumping majority, winning all 24 seats in the elections to the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) managing committee.

At the KSCA annual general body meeting here on Sunday, Wadiyar polled 923 votes out of the total 1,351 cast to regain the post of president, which he held for three years from 2007. Opponent Sadananda Maiya managed just 428 votes. Brijesh Patel, seeking re-election as secretary, got the biggest thumbs-up from members, with 977 votes as against 374 for opponent A V Jayaprakash.

P Dayanand Pai polled 932 votes to defeat incumbent treasurer Tallam Venkatesh, who had been in that post for the last six years. “It was an unexpected verdict,” admitted Venkatesh after the result.

Three vice-presidential candidates—R Sudhakar Rao, P R Ashokanand and Sanjay Desai—won comfortably, with 915, 861 and 790 votes, respectively. While the Wadiyar-Patel combine won the 23 seats that went to polls on Sunday, the unopposed winner from the Dharwad Zone (BDK Sports Club) had already pledged its support to the group.

“I would like to thank all the members for the overwhelming support for the Wadiyar-Patel group,” Wadiyar told his supporters. “I would also like to say that Brijesh and I have worked on this arrangement for the last three years. All the nitty-gritty of trying to iron out whatever differences that may have existed went on for the last three years and we have proved that the Wadiyar-Patel combination is unbeatable in the KSCA.”

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