Joshi wins by a margin of 5 votes.
Jaipur: Senior Congress leader CP Joshi defeated former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi’s son Ruchir Modi and became the president of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). He ousted Lalit Modi.
Four days after elections were held, the votes were counted on Tuesday. CP Joshi’s victory is being termed as a major setback to Lalit Modi whose only influence over cricket stemmed from Rajasthan. Modi is currently living in the UK and had fielded his son Ruchir Modi for the top post.
Joshi promised that he would leave no stone unturned to get the BCCI ban lifted from RCA.
“We would try to bring IPL matches to Rajasthan again. We would also train youths from the state so that they can grab national and international limelight in the world of cricket,” said Joshi.
CP Joshi received 19 votes, defeating Ruchir by a margin of 5 votes. A total of 33 votes were polled.
Joshi is a senior Congress leader in Rajasthan who has been a member of parliament (MP) from Bhilwara and the union minister of road transport and highways in the previous Congress government.
The only relief to Modi camp was the victory of Rajendra Nandu and Pinkesh Jain who were elected secretary and treasurer.
The voting took place on May 29. The Rajasthan high court directed that results be announced on June 29.
Ruchir Modi was set to grab the top post, but since CP Joshi jumped into the fray, many Modi loyalists switched camp and supported the senior politician.
Elections were called off earlier and it was alleged that Modi camp was behind this as the chances of Ruchir’s win became grim after he was pitted against Joshi.
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.
It is for the second time that Joshi has been elected for the top post.
Banner and posters of outgoing president Lalit Modi were removed from RCA soon after results were announced.
Modi is facing a life ban from the BCCI and is in exile owing to money laundering charges by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The posts of vice-president went to Mohammad Iqbal and Mahendra Naha. Both are from Joshi group.