Security stepped up at RCA as deadlock between two fractions continues
The group supporting CP Joshi appoints a new election officer
Jaipur: Security arrangements were stepped up at Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) building a day after a fraction supporting Congress leader CP Joshi ‘replaced’ the election officer and appointed a retired chief election office from Bihar, Sudhir Kumar Rakesh, for the post.
As another fraction backed by former IPL boss Lalit Modi termed the EGM meeting called by CP Joshi group unlawful, the police made heavy security arrangements inside the RCA premises, keeping in view the possibility of a law and order situation. RCA has a history of fist-fights and manhandling during elections.
The meeting on Tuesday was called by RCA vice president Rajendra Singh Rathore. Vikas Balia was removed from the panel of RCA lawyers.
Rathore told media persons that the new election office would soon announce dates for the election.
RCA elections were scheduled to take place on April 26, but they were called off at the last moment. The group supporting CP Joshi claimed that the elections were called off because the Congress leader jumped into the fray and many Lalit Modi loyalists switched camp.
Lalit Modi group, however, said that the elections were postponed because the cooperative registrar rejected the amendments in the RCA constitution as some of these amendments were in contradiction with the sports act in Rajasthan.
The group supporting Joshi ‘expelled’ Lalit Modi and his three loyalists for calling off elections two days ago. After an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of 18 secretaries, RCA president Modi, secretary Somendra Tiwari, deputy president Mahmood Abdi and treasurer Pawan Goyal were expelled.