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BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya passes away

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was admitted to hospital few days back after he complained of chest pain, passed away at a city hospital Sunday evening following a massive cardiac arrest.

The 75-year-old Dalmiya was admitted to the city’s B M Birla Hospital on Thursday night after which he also underwent a coronary angiography.

“Mr. Dalmiya died of internal gastrointestinal bleeding and internal organ failure,” hospital sources said confirming the veteran cricket administrator’s death.

Cricket Association of Bengal sources added: “At 6 pm in the evening his condition deteriorated and shortly afterwards he suffered a massive cardiac arrest from which he could not recover.”

Dalmiya has not been keeping well for a while now and was not actively taking part in the day-to-day functioning of the BCCI.

Dalmiya took over the reins of the BCCI for a second time in March, after a gap of 10 years, when he got a walkover in the elections. But he has been ailing since then, and his health has deteriorated further over the last few weeks.

According to sources, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla will reach Kolkata on Monday.

BCCI condoled the sudden demise of its president Jagmohan <g data-gr-id="49">Dalmiya,</g> and said the cricketing fraternity will miss the veteran administrator of the game dearly.

“On behalf of all the members of BCCI, I wish to submit our condolences to the bereaved family of Mr. Dalmiya. As a visionary and a father figure of Indian cricket, Mr. Dalmiya worked towards the development of the game of cricket in India. The cricketing fraternity will miss him dearly,” BCCI 
secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement.

“Mr. Dalmiya played a significant part in positioning Indian cricket at the global level and the astute administrator in <g data-gr-id="61">him,</g> guided Indian cricket to greater heights. His untiring efforts will be remembered for generations to come and his contribution to Indian cricket will remain unparalleled,” he added.
That Dalmiya’s health has been an issue was an open secret in the Indian cricket circle for quite some time after he took over the BCCI president’s post in March, this year.

Due to Dalmiya’s health conditions, it has been <g data-gr-id="58">secretary</g> Anurag Thakur who has called the shots. It has been quite some time that Dalmiya has not been able to properly conduct any BCCI meetings in the near past.

In fact, Dalmiya could not coherently answer any question when he met the three-member <g data-gr-id="47">SC appointed</g> panel headed by Justice RM Lodha, where his son was prompting all the questions to him.

There have been dissenting voices in BCCI about his failing health and recently there were calls to remove him from the post of president.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the passing away of BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, describing him as a ‘giant’ amongst sports administrators.

“Sad. Jagmohan Dalmiya ji passes away. He was a giant amongst sports administrators, a true lover of Bengal. On my way to pay my respect. RIP,” Banerjee tweeted.

Prez, PM condole death of Dalmiya
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday condoled the death of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya.

“Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya,” the President tweeted as the passing away of the sports administrator tonight plunged the cricketing world in grief.

“My thoughts are with the family of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya in this hour of grief. May Shri Dalmiya’s soul rest in peace,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted. Dalmiya, who was admitted to a Kolkata hospital few days back after he complained of chest pain, passed away this evening following a massive cardiac arrest. The 75-year-old Dalmiya was admitted to the city’s BM Birla Hospital on 
Thursday night after which he also underwent a coronary angiography.

Reactions also started pouring in from Union ministers with HRD minister Smriti Irani condoling his death. “My thoughts are with the family of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya in this hour of grief. May Sri Dalmiya’s soul rest in peace,” she said. 
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