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BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya passes away at 75 in Kolkata
BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away on Sunday at 9 pm at the B.M. Birla Hospital in Kolkata. He was 75.

"Jaggu dada", as he was fondly called, was born on May 30, 1940 in Kolkata. He joined the BCCI in 1979 and quickly rose as the top administrator. With the help of I.S. Bindra, Dalmiya brought the World Cup to India in 1987. He served as the head of the BCCI from 1997 to 2000 and from 2001 to 2004.

Dalmiya was reportedly suffering from Alzheimers and had become forgetful. He was admitted to the hospital after a heart attack on Thursday. Cricket Association of Bengal sources said, "At 6 pm in the evening his condition deteriorated and shortly afterwards he suffered a massive cardiac arrest from which he could not recover."

He was made the interim president of the BCCI after N Srinivasan was forced to step aside after a Supreme Court ruling. However his current term was marred by poor health and the board was being run by his secretary Anurag Thakur.

As per the BCCI constitution, a new president will have to be nominated to complete Dalmiya's term. The candidate has to be from the East Zone, as per the constitution, as Dalmiya also represented the East Zone. The secretary will now convene a Special General Body Meeting (SGM) within fifteen days to appoint a new president. The person appointed shall serve the remainder term of Dalmiya, until the next elections are held.

Condolence messages flowed in, as the news of Dalmiya's demise spread. PM Modi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Sachin Tendulkar amongst others expressed their grief.

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