The late-evening development ended an action-packed day during which its meeting here was adjourned several times as court orders landed from distant Chennai.
Even late in the evening, when all the confusion seemed to have been cleared, Mr Mahendra, seen as Mr Dalmiyas protege, was on the verge of losing by one vote to
Mr Pawar, the Maratha politician pitted against the Dalmiya camp.
At that stage, the Dalmiya camp pointed out that Dhyaneswar Agashe, who was there to represent Mumbais National Cricket Association, did not have the required papers to prove his status.
With Agashe disqualified, Dalmiya, who will continue in the new post of patron-in-chief, used his casting vote to break the 15-15 deadlock.