A majority of district cricket associations in Rajasthan that voted on Thursday supported banned IPL founder Lalit Modi in his bid for RCA president.
As many as 25 districts, which had aligned with incumbent RCA president Dr CP Joshi, deserted him in favour of Modi. In view of the changed equations, Joshi decided against contesting. The results will be declared on January 6.
The Joshi faction was keen on holding the elections before the state assembly elections as they were confident of a win then.
However, when the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government came to power after the counting of votes on December 8, the district associations one by one came out in Modi’s support. Of the 33 associations, Modi enjoys the support of 25-26.
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The RCA had announced elections on November 24, but the Modi faction demanded the polls be postponed so that justice NM Kasliwal, appointed as an observer by the Supreme Court, can hold hearings on objections by cricket associations.
Kasliwal then fixed December 19 as date for elections.
Though the Board of Cricket Control in India has banned Modi for life from holding any office and warned the RCA of a ban if he was let back, he couldn’t be stopped from contesting because Rajasthan is governed by the Sports Act, 2005, and BCCI rules and regulations don’t apply to it.
It would be Modi’s second term as the president of the RCA. He had been elected as the president in 2005. He had lost the next elections in March 2009 to Sanjay Dixit and then to Joshi.
Kasliwal, who as per the directives of Supreme Court, sealed the ballot boxes and send it to the apex court with his full report.
"The observer would send the results to the apex court with his reports and it would decide the further course of action on January 6, when the matter comes up for next hearing," said Abhinav Sharma, the lawyer of RCA.
The results are likely to be announced on January 6 when the matter comes up for hearing in the apex court. The polling went off peacefully at the RCA academy today and the Modi Faction is claiming an easy victory.
Only the votes of 29 of the 33 district cricket associations would be counted. The votes of the remaining four districts, which are surrounded by controversies, would only be counted if the need arises.
Both the warring factions of these districts have been allowed to vote because the matter is under litigation.
There are nine candidates for six posts of vice-president and seven are in fray for four posts of joint secretaries.
For the four posts of organizing secretary, there are six candidates.
Three executive members were elected unanimously as there were only three nominations.