Union minister of state for commerce and industries Jyotiraditya Scindia was re-elected president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) at a high-voltage election at the Holkar Stadium here on Sunday night.
Scindia, who has been president of the association since 2006, trounced his rival and state industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya by a margin of 77 votes. Scindia got 150 of the 232 votes polled while Vijayvargiya, who has never been closely associated with the game, managed only 73 votes.
The Scindia panel made a clean sweep, with its members bagging all the posts of office-bearers as well as the managing committee berths. Vijayvargiya’s panel failed to get even a single seat.
Scindia, widely seen by voters as young and dynamic, won despite chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and state BJP president Prabhat Jha personally asking members to vote for Vijayvargiya.
Talking to Hindustan Times after the election, Scindia described his panel’s win as a “victory of cricket, sportsmanship and right over wrong”. He also expressed the hope that “politics would not be mixed with sports”.
“I hope that the upsurge in cricket will continue in this term as well and we will continue to reach new heights,” Scindia said.
The biennial elections to the MPCA, the state’s richest sports body, turned out to be an intense contest as Vijayvargiya threw his hat in the ring against Scindia for the second time.
There was much talk of a compromise and consensus but the Scindia camp, confident of its victory, steadfastly refused to come to a settlement and preferred an election.
This election result is similar to the previous one in 2010 when all members of Scindia’s panel emerged victorious.