Jaipur: Congress leader CP Joshi won the elections for the President of Rajasthan Cricket Association on Friday, defeating outgoing RCA President Lalit Modi’s son Ruchir Modi by five votes. Out of 33 votes polled, while Joshi got 19 votes, Modi got 14. Joshi was the Member of Parliament of India from Bhilwara in the 15th Lok Sabha. He was the minister of Road Transport and Highways and Railway in the Manmohan Singh cabinet. The posts of Secretary and Treasurer have gone to Modi camp’s Rajendra Nandu and Pinkesh Jain respectively.
Ahead of the counting on Friday, the banners of outgoing RCA president Lalit Modi were removed from the cricket association office. Counting of votes was conducted in the presence of Ombudsman Gyansudha Mishra. Voting for the Rajasthan Cricket Association Elections 2017 was held on May 29.
The High Court had on Tuesday granted permission for counting of votes for the on June 2. The ballot boxes were sealed after the voting with the court order awaited. The 2017 election was an intense contest between RCA president Lalit Modi’s son Ruchir Modi and senior Congress leader CP Joshi, who has also been a former RCA president.
Earlier this month, the Rajasthan High Court had intervened on a petition of Bhilwara District Association’s Ramlal Sharma and directed the RCA to hold elections this month, setting aside the observer’s order which had called off the elections last month. According to reports, the polling for the six posts as per the Lodha Committee recommendations was short as there are only 33 district cricket associations, who have the voting right in accord with the Sports Act prevailing in the state.
Earlier there was drama after the court decided to seal the ballot boxes till its order. The ombudsman appointed for the elections, Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, requested the High Court to keep the ballot boxes in its custody. The court refused to do so and asked the Ombudsman herself to look after the security of boxes, following which the boxes were reportedly taken to government treasury.