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Modi loses Rajasthan Cricket Association election

 
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modiLalit Modi the IPL commissioner, has been defeated in the election for president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). He lost to the government’s nominee, Sanjay Dixit, in the election held on Sunday. Dixit received 18 votes to Modi’s 13.

The defeat will not affect Modi’s position as vice-president of the Indian board since he is also on the board of the Punjab Cricket Association. “The RCA elections have nothing to do with Modi continuing as the vice-president of the BCCI and as chairman and commissioner of the IPL,” Shashank Manohar, the BCCI president, told PTI.

The election, which was originally scheduled for February 22, was pushed back to March 1 by India’s Supreme Court after Modi sought its intervention to ensure a fair process.

Modi, who was close to the previous state administration in Rajasthan, was facing resistance at the local association from a group of dissidents ever since the previous government was voted out of power last year. “I paid the price of being close to Vasundhara Raje (former chief minister of Rajasthan),” PTI quoted him as saying. “The state government did whatever it could to defeat me.” Local police had also lodged a series of cases against Modi over the last month on various charges, including fraud and forgery.

The dissidents, meanwhile, amended the RCA’s constitution with the backing of the state administration and called for elections on February 22. The apex court, however, upheld a plea by Modi who questioned the election process as per the amended constitution and sought the court’s intervention to ensure a free and fair election. The court also appointed an independent observer to conduct the elections.

In the build-up to the elections, Modi had said that some IPL games may be shifted out of Jaipur, the base of Rajasthan Royals, this season if there was any opposition from the local government. However, he ruled out that possibility after losing the elections. “… there will be no effect on IPL matches. They will be held in Jaipur only.”

Modi’s rise to one of cricket’s most powerful figures began with him becoming RCA president after a controversial election in February 2005, ousting the Rungta family which had controlled the Rajasthan association for 38 years.

Source:Cricket News

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