In a virtual revolt against Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president Lalit Modi, more than 25 out of the 32 district associations on Wednesday decided to start an election process to elect the new governing body of the RCA in Modi's absence.
On a day of high drama, Modi reached the Sawai Man Singh stadium for the executive committee meeting flanked by his lawyers and private security, only to witness staged protests by supporters of Anil Singh Shekhawat, state general secretary, Samajwadi Party, and other groups.
Modi then presided over the meeting, in which he argued that since a case relating to the previous election was pending in the Supreme Court, the RCA would have to seek the apex court's permission to conduct fresh elections, tentatively scheduled for February 21, also the day on which the term of RCA's present office bearers expires.
Modi then left the meeting but not before telling HT that he did intend to contest the elections.
"We will write a letter to the Supreme Court seeking permission to conduct RCA elections and I will fight the elections", Modi said.
After his departure, another meeting, comprising of the "rebel" district associations and special invitees was held in which it was unanimously decided that the elections would be held as scheduled.
Top bureaucrat and Barmer District Cricket Association president Sanjay Dixit said that the elections would be held on time and doing so won't amount to contempt of court.
"The present body does not want to hold elections, hence it is making such excuses," Dixit said.
Subhash Joshi, secretary of the RCA, later said: "According to the Rajasthan Sports Act, elections should be held every four years.
“It is the decision of the emergency (special) annual general body meeting to conduct elections."