The election for Rajasthan Cricket Association president was held here on Thursday with supporters of the former president, Lalit Modi, claiming victory and the Board of Control for Cricket in India threatening to derecognise the RCA if he was elected.
High drama was witnessed during the election for this and 20 other RCA posts, with Mr. Modi’s nomination having been cleared just a day before. The former IPL Commissioner’s candidature had been objected to by several parties, including the BCCI, but it was cleared along with that of his aide Pawan Goyal by Justice N.M. Kasliwal, Supreme Court-appointed observer for the elections.
The BCCI, which had banned Mr. Modi for life over charges of financial irregularities in September this year, warned the RCA of dire consequences including withdrawal of privileges and suspension of affiliation, if Mr. Modi was elected.
Mr. Modi, president of the Nagaur District Cricket Association and confidant of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, is pitted against Rampal Sharma, secretary of the Bhilwara District Cricket Association and aide of incumbent RCA president and Congress Working Committee member C.P. Joshi.
However, Mr. Modi, whose supporters on Thursday claimed to have the backing of 25-28 district cricket associations, looks set to win, with several supporters from the Joshi camp switching sides, days after the BJP’s thumping victory in the recent Rajasthan Assembly elections.
“The supporters of Lalit Modi seemed very confident of victory. But we will have to wait for the results till January 6,” Manish Sharma, Media Relations Manager, RCA, told The Hindu.
The RCA polls were challenged in the Supreme Court by the former BCCI official and Sawaimadhopur District Cricket Association president Kishore Rungta and the matter is scheduled to be heard on January 6. Justice Kasliwal sealed the ballot boxes and sent them, along with his report, to the court.