Lalit Modi’s RCA terms its suspension by BCCI arbitrary

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India has suspended the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) whose new body has been just elected with Lalit Modi as its president on Tuesday.Lalit Modi defeated his opponent Rampal Sharma by a landslide margin of 26-7.Mehmood Abidi, newly-elected vice president, has termed it suspension arbitrary and questioned fairness of acting BCCI president Shivlal Yadav.”We expected a fair decision from him but he has acted like a stooge of N. Srinivasan, harming RCA like never before,” Abidi told India Today.”You may suspend an individual member but suspending an entire state association is ridiculous,” he said, but added that he was yet to see the notice of suspension.Lalit Modi is expected to address his team through video conference in the afternoon as he returns as president of RCA, five years after he lost in March 2009.He said through his victory in RCA , he wanted to prove a point to N.Srinivasan.Will Modi return to India?His return to India will be easier if a BJP government comes to power despite senior leader Arun Jaitley known to be against him in BCCI.Modi’s passport remains impounded but cases against him are expected to be diluted.Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had been instrumental in his rise but this time, she will help him while keeping him away from her administration.Modi was accused of interfering in her administration by Congress leader Ashok Gehlot during her previous tenure between 2003 and 2008, an allegation never substantiated.advertisementThis was in strong contrast to when then Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot ordered police to hound Modi on RCA premises, threaten him with arrest and encouraged his opponents who lodged a series of cases against him and involved the entire state machinery to ensure that Modi lost.Modi lost to Sanjay Dixit in March but Gehlot got re-elections held in December as his close aide Shiv Charan  Mali, RCA general secretary, could not get along with Modi. Modi again lost, this time to CP Joshi, then union minister and present AICC general secretary.Modi’s fortune to rise againElection of the 24-member Modi team was a foregone conclusion. Abidi and Amin Pathan, both close aides of Modi, have been elected as the vice president and Somendra Tiwari as secretary.So was the foregone conclusion about the BCCI threat to act against RCA if Modi, expelled for life, was elected chief.  RCA says it will move court against the BCCI  suspension orders on grounds that its elections were under the Rajasthan Sports Act and not governed by BCCI’s orders.The BCCI has already stopped most of its financial grant to the RCA. Despite the suspension,  the victory marks a change for better in Modi’s fortune, whose emergence in Indian cricket had started with his becoming RCA chief in 2004, ending the regime of the Rungta family.The elections were held on December 19 in an extreme peaceful atmosphere with Raje as the chief minister.For Modi, it is a long legal battle ahead before he gets actively into BCCI affairs. Modi, in the small period of less than five years, made Rajasthan a name on the international scene by improving facilities to world class level, something that was never even attempted earlier.He had the backing of then Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje , whose defeat in 2008 also expedited Modi’s decline. Raje wanted to show that things in sports could be improved quickly and through Modi, succeeded in proving that.Modi went further and floated the Indian Premier league and launched a cricket team named after Rajasthan, Rajasthan Royals.However, his rise and flamboyant style led to some vested interests in Rajasthan turning against him.His staying away from India and Rajasthan has exposed all those who thought they could match what Modi did.last_img

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